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Mechanical Harvest Field Day

Dr. Kaan Kurtural describes transitioning a vineyard from head to cordon trained.

Hi Fodder Followers!  About 40 foothill growers and wine industry folks turned out yesterday for my UCCE Sponsored "Transition to Mechanical Harvest Field Day" held at Dick Cooper's ranch in Plymouth, Amador County. With guest speaker Dr. Kaan Kurtural, UC Davis Viticulture and Enology Specialist and hosted by Dick with help from Kevin Steward of Trinchero, the morning held a good discussion of machine harvest, concerns of quality, and the lack of labor. Attendees...

Posted on Friday, August 18, 2017 at 3:46 PM

Using the disease triangle and PMI to decide how to start your seasonal mildew program

Disease triangle for powdery mildew

Hi Foothill Fodder Family! This week temperatures warmed up enough to begin the powdery mildew index in all of our 7 foothill PMI (powdery mildew index) stations-the information is publicly available on our UCIPM website here, with links on my webpages here.  What does the index mean and how can we best use this information to begin our powdery mildew treatments?  I like to start by thinking of the disease "triangle": the 3 things needed for disease to happen.  The key...

Posted on Friday, May 5, 2017 at 9:46 AM

Kurtural Team Attacks "On the Go" Vineyard Management

Dr. Kurtural addresses the NVEELC group at Oakville Station.

Greetings Fodder Folks, In early April I participated in the "National Viticulture and Enology Extension Leadership Conference" (NVEELC) which was held at the UC Oakville Station in the lovely Napa Valley.  The conference is an opportunity for viticulture extension folks from around the country to share industry news and ideas for working together, and includes a day of professional development. 44 extension-related viticulture and enology professionals participated in...

Posted on Monday, April 17, 2017 at 3:42 PM

Rainfall totals top 50 inches in some foothill areas!

Rising river

Hi Fodder Followers! Is everyone safely afloat out there?  I've just finished totaling the current "hydro year" precipitation totals for our 7 (yes, we now have 7!) powdery mildew stations and 3 CIMIS stations.  (Note: The Amador Eagle station is awaiting an upgrade, so that station's data is not included.) The "hydrological year", also called a "water year", is a term hydrologists and water resource managers use to describe the period from Oct. 1 of a given year to...

Posted on Friday, February 17, 2017 at 3:50 PM
Tags: Rainfall (2), stations (1), weather (2)

Grapevine Pinot Gris Virus: Not just in Pinot Gris!

A full silo means we won't go hungry over the winter.

Greetings Fodder Folks! I'm often asked if winter is a slow time for me.  Even though the vines and trees are taking a much needed rest, fall and winter is the time for us UCCE Advisors to assess the previous season, prepare reports and presentations, and plan for next year's projects. Sort of like making sure the silo is full and the feed hasn't gone bad so you can produce a higher yield next season (my Wisconsin roots, don't you know...). With a growing amount of knowledge needed...

Posted on Monday, December 5, 2016 at 12:32 PM

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