Grapes http://westernfarmpress.com/taxonomy/term/6091/more en Effective control of caterpillars starts with a good monitoring program http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/effective-control-caterpillars-starts-good-monitoring-program <div class="field-byline"> Greg Northcutt </div> <div class="node-body article-body">With vineyards in many areas of California at or approaching bloom, University of California IPM guidelines recommend that growers with a history of damage from omnivorous leafroller, grape leaffolder and western grapeleaf skeletonizer as well as orange tortrix or light brown apple moth in coastal regions plan to treat for these caterpillars once the vines begin flowering.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/effective-control-caterpillars-starts-good-monitoring-program" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/effective-control-caterpillars-starts-good-monitoring-program#comments Grapes Wed, 22 Apr 2015 12:58:00 +0000 157891 at http://westernfarmpress.com An early start to the season includes plenty of frost protection activity for Mendocino County grower http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/early-start-season-includes-plenty-frost-protection-activity-mendocino-county-grower <div class="field-byline"> Greg Northcutt </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Halfway through April, with shoot growth in his Mendocino County vineyard ranging from about 2 inches to a foot or so, Jason McConnell was anticipating bloom could begin in some of his earliest blocks – Chardonnay or Sangiovese – by April 25</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/early-start-season-includes-plenty-frost-protection-activity-mendocino-county-grower" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/early-start-season-includes-plenty-frost-protection-activity-mendocino-county-grower#comments Grapes Wed, 22 Apr 2015 12:52:00 +0000 157881 at http://westernfarmpress.com Lodi growers step up pace to match a crop that’s coming on early and fast http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/lodi-growers-step-pace-match-crop-s-coming-early-and-fast <div class="field-byline"> Greg Northcutt </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Based on what he was seeing and other growers in California’s Lodi district were telling him, wine grape industry veteran Mark Chandler, Chardonnay was in full bloom by mid-April. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/lodi-growers-step-pace-match-crop-s-coming-early-and-fast" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/lodi-growers-step-pace-match-crop-s-coming-early-and-fast#comments Grapes Wed, 22 Apr 2015 12:45:00 +0000 157871 at http://westernfarmpress.com 2014 California total grape acreage - 928,000 http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/2014-california-total-grape-acreage-928000 <div class="node-body article-body">The leading wine-type varieties continue to be Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/2014-california-total-grape-acreage-928000" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/2014-california-total-grape-acreage-928000#comments Grapes Tue, 14 Apr 2015 21:20:00 +0000 157731 at http://westernfarmpress.com PD-GWSS ballots in the mail to wine grape growers http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/pd-gwss-ballots-mail-wine-grape-growers <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Referendum ballots on whether to renew the Pierce&rsquo;s disease/glassy-winged sharpshooter assessment are in the mail.</p> <p>If you paid the 2014 assessment, you should receive yours shortly. Once the ballot(s) are received, it is important to vote and return them quickly.</p> <p>Some growers will get more than one ballot. This is not a mistake.</p> <p>If you have office staff who receives your mail, alert them not to throw away any extra ballots and to get them to you immediately so you can vote and return them.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/pd-gwss-ballots-mail-wine-grape-growers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/pd-gwss-ballots-mail-wine-grape-growers#comments Grapes Mon, 13 Apr 2015 14:20:00 +0000 157681 at http://westernfarmpress.com Glassy-winged sharpshooter insect. RAC: California raisin shipments varied http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/rac-california-raisin-shipments-varied <div class="node-body article-body">California raisin deliveries to handlers and shipments are varied</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/rac-california-raisin-shipments-varied" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/rac-california-raisin-shipments-varied#comments Grapes Grapes Fri, 10 Apr 2015 19:44:00 +0000 157631 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>Shipments of California raisins off slightly in recent report.</p> Raisin growers start season early with early disease pressure http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/raisin-growers-start-season-early-early-disease-pressure <div class="field-byline"> Greg Northcutt </div> <div class="node-body article-body">By the first of April, the shoots in Thompson seedless and other raisin-type vineyards in Fresno County, the heart of California’s raisin industry, had reached approximately 18 to 24 inches in length. This followed bud break in the first week of March, reports George Zhuang, the county’s University of California Cooperative Extension viticulture farm advisor.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/raisin-growers-start-season-early-early-disease-pressure" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/raisin-growers-start-season-early-early-disease-pressure#comments Grapes Wed, 08 Apr 2015 17:40:00 +0000 157551 at http://westernfarmpress.com What bud break can reveal about your cultural practices http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/what-bud-break-can-reveal-about-your-cultural-practices <div class="field-byline"> Greg Northcutt </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Bud break, when the scales of the winter buds of grape vines open to reveal wooly buds, does more than signal the start of a new season. It can provide valuable information for managing your vineyard.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/what-bud-break-can-reveal-about-your-cultural-practices" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/what-bud-break-can-reveal-about-your-cultural-practices#comments Grapes Wed, 08 Apr 2015 17:34:00 +0000 157541 at http://westernfarmpress.com A likely early bloom could increase impact of a late Napa Valley frost http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/likely-early-bloom-could-increase-impact-late-napa-valley-frost <div class="field-byline"> Greg Northcutt </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Unusually warm temperatures since the first of the year have accelerated development of Napa Valley’s 2015 wine grape crop, prompting concerns that an early bloom could leave vines more vulnerable to frost later this spring.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/likely-early-bloom-could-increase-impact-late-napa-valley-frost" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/likely-early-bloom-could-increase-impact-late-napa-valley-frost#comments Grapes Wed, 08 Apr 2015 17:16:00 +0000 157521 at http://westernfarmpress.com Grape grower Tim Waits shares success formula at Lake Winchester Vineyard http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/grape-grower-tim-waits-shares-success-formula-lake-winchester-vineyard <div class="field-byline"> Greg Northcutt, Contributing Writer </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The 2015 season will be the first one that Tim Waits harvests from 38 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon planted in 2013. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/grape-grower-tim-waits-shares-success-formula-lake-winchester-vineyard" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/grape-grower-tim-waits-shares-success-formula-lake-winchester-vineyard#comments Grapes Mon, 06 Apr 2015 23:09:00 +0000 157481 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>TIM WAITS grows wine grapes on his Lake Winchester Vineyard near Clarksburg, Calif.</p>