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Nebbiolo: the Wine of Kings and the King of Wine!

Prof. Vittorino Novello in a foothill vineyard.

Hello Fodder Folks! The visit I coordinated by Professor Vittorino Novello, University of Turin, Italy, to our foothill region to tour Italian winegrape varieties and interact with local grape growers and industry was a huge success!  This was due in no small part to the hosting vineyard managers and winemakers who made the El Dorado and Amador vineyard tours a hit! And wow, what an incredibly knowledgeable and gracious scholar.  Vittorino was able to address the growing...

Posted on Monday, August 15, 2016 at 5:47 PM

Mildew, Spray Tech, and an Upcoming Visit from Vittorino

No feed in the trough lately, but not to worry! I'm making hay!

Hello Fodder Followers! Are you still out there? I know the trough has been empty for awhile now, but I, like many of you, have been making hay while the sun shines! Rest assured, I've got your backs and have alot in store for you so listen up! First off, powdery mildew has been a problem for many of you this year-and I've been answering a few farm calls related to this. All of the rains we had made for great canopy growth, making it more difficult for spray to reach the target. Leafing...

Posted on Tuesday, July 26, 2016 at 2:04 PM

To Spray or Not to Spray: Using the Powdery Mildew Index

Amador Eagle was the first mildew station in the foothills, now there are six!

Hi Fodder Family! What a busy spring, heh? For those at the trough who are of the grape grower kind, this spring has brought questions concerning what the heck is going on with powdery mildew.  To assist vineyard managers, I took a look at each of the 5 foothill mildew station's data and discuss it in a paper you will find linked here. Recent rains, followed by fluctuating cool and warm temperatures, have got some managers spraying while others are waiting anxiously.  Powdery...

Posted on Wednesday, May 4, 2016 at 7:05 PM

Maintain Your Irrigation System to Improve Performance

A flowmeter can tell you how much water you use, and if there's a problem

Greetings Fodder Followers! It won't be long before our foothill soil profile dries up and we start to irrigate. Are you ready for the season? Because when it comes to foothill water-and the irrigation systems that transport it-a little flushing can go a long way.  Iron, bacteria, sediment, and precipitates can cause irrigation systems to become clogged-leading to major headaches when it's time to turn on your system.   Routine irrigation system maintenance, including flushing, can...

Posted on Tuesday, April 19, 2016 at 5:58 PM

Managing Your Cover Crop Now to Prevent Frost Injury, Soil Water Loss

This beautiful cover crop of legumes can provide nitrogen if it's tilled in while it's blooming.

Hi Fodder Followers! Spring has sprung! And as many of you know, cover crops provide a wealth of benefits for foothill farms- having some type of "cover" is essential to prevent soil erosion on our foothill slopes as we discussed in the last post. The most important thing to consider NOW about your cover crop is managing it in a timely manner-either by disking it in or mowing it down (made difficult with wet soils, I know)-as soon as possible.   Why the rush? You might ask. When...

Posted on Wednesday, March 23, 2016 at 3:32 PM
Tags: cover crop (1), frost (1), precipitation (1), water use (1)

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