UGA Extension Viticulture Blog

2017 North Georgia Wine Grape Season Wrap Up

It has been a successful first research season in the vineyards of North Georgia. The UGA Extension Viticulture Team finished harvesting their last research plots of the season two weeks ago.  As we reflect on this past season, we can now see that it was a race from the start. …
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Fall freeze climatologies

Looking for average first frost dates for fall?  I have just posted a list of several sources that can help you identify the average first fall frost date for your area on my blog at http://blog.extension.uga.edu/climate/2017/10/fall-freeze-climatologies/. Later this week I will discuss some places you can go to see current frost…
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A note about post-harvest fertilization

I have been asked about the need to apply fertilizer after harvest. Studies have shown that root mass increases considerably after harvest, and continues on this trend for about five to six weeks before levelling off at leaf fall.  During the post-harvest / pre-leaf drop period, roots can take up…
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Latest winter outlook shows a classic La Niña pattern

My latest blog post on the outlook for fall and winter can be found at http://blog.extension.uga.edu/climate/2017/10/winter-outlook-shows-classic-la-nina-pattern/.  As expected, La Niña is expected to occur in the next few months and should bring drier and warmer conditions than normal to most of the Southeast, although the strongest effects will be seen in…
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Next two weeks look warm and dry for north Georgia

The forecast for the next week shows almost no rain for north Georgia.  While temperatures are taking a dip this weekend, above normal temperatures should return for most of the next two weeks.  Drier than normal conditions are expected for at least the next ten days, with a return to…
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West Georgia Grape Harvest Complete

UPDATE: Just before Hurricane Irma hit our state, the winegrape growers in the West Georgia area had thankfully already completed their harvest.  Vineyards in the Carroll and Haralson County areas are growing PD-tolerant hybrid winegrapes Norton, Blanc Du Bois, Villard Blanc, and Lenoir.  Blanc Du Bois was harvested back in…
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September 2017 so far much cooler and wetter than normal

Since it is halfway through the month, it’s worth taking a look at how the climate is doing so far.  The maps below show that for most of the Southeast except for Florida, and to a lesser extent coastal areas, the temperatures have been significantly below normal, which has slowed…
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