UGA Extension Viticulture Blog

Petiole sampling at bloom

Since the first seasonal opportunity for vine tissue sampling comes at bloom, this message may be timely for vineyards that are northerly and/or at higher altitudes, but somewhat late for those located more southerly and/or at lower altitudes. Bloom-time petiole sampling is a good tool for those interested in learning…
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Update: early-late bloom / fruit set

The last post I wrote on May 17 was optimistic for a good fruit set given the wonderful weather we were experiencing last week. Key word here is “were”. The weather has been rather wet, cool, and rainy from this past weekend, and continuing through tomorrow.  This has been particularly true throughout northern GA, but I’ve also…
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Downy Mildew confirmed in Lumpkin County

Downy mildew was identified on bunch grapes this week at a vineyard site in Lumpkin County. Cheng-Fang Hong, graduate student at UGA, confirmed the downy mildew infection. Grape producers are encouraged to scout for downy mildew and add DM-active materials to their spray programs. Below is an example of downy mildew on…
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Southern Winegrape Symposium

The annual Southern Winegrape Symposium presented by Vineyard and Winery Association of West Georgia will be held on Saturday, June 10 at the Carroll County Ag Center in Carrollton, GA.  All current and aspiring individuals interested in learning more about winegrape growing and making wine are invited to attend. Keynote…
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Fruit set – what it is, and what can affect it

Now that we are getting close to fruit set (and maybe even seeing a bit in early varieties planted in southern / lower altitude vineyards), it is a good time to review fruit set, what can impact it, and what this means in an applied sense. Flowering (see left picture, below)…
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Update on Viticulture blog

Dear subscribers, Apologies in advance. I made two new posts to my blog on two recent dates – May 10 and May 13.  You were not notified because I failed to complete a form associated with the email alerts to subscribers.  I have hopefully fixed that now. I send this message…
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Muscadine grower roundtable meeting – May 31st

There will be a muscadine grower roundtable meeting at Still Pond Vineyard in Arlington, GA: https://stillpond.com/ This meeting is intended to discuss common and major concerns for muscadine industry stakeholders. This will help direct future extension and research pursuits in muscadine grapes. Rachel Itle, Cain Hickey and Patrick Conner from the UGA Horticulture…
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Welcome / Downy mildew observed in Blairsville, GA

All, Welcome to the UGA Extension Viticulture Blog. Please read the information on the “Home” tab to familiarize yourself with how the blog works, and then head over to the “Personnel” tab to find out who is involved. Please share with new and veteran fellow industry members, as well as others who…
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