My viticulture program focuses on informal education, field research and problem diagnosis. Meetings, county publications and newsletters are included. With cooperation of the Lodi-Woodbridge Winegrape Commission (LWWC), we conduct regular grower meetings as well as the annual Lodi Grape Day that helps inform growers and the community about the latest progress in research. Another successful educational effort has been the LWWC breakfast meetings, where monthly group meetings are literally held in farmers' homes to discuss methods, utilizing Integrated Pest Management (IPM), irrigation, and grape production. Field research includes experiments in resistant rootstocks for soil pests, variety and clone evaluation trials, trellis system comparisons, pest management with environmentally safe chemicals, and vineyard irrigation management for increased quality.
UC IPM - Grape Management
Includes yearly management in vineyard as well as common pests and
Paul Verdegaal, Viticulture & Almond Advisor
Preparing Your Vineyard For Frost
Posted 3/25/2013 - Low temperatures experienced during the winter do not usually damage dormant grapevines in the San Joaquin Valley. However, succulent green shoots are much more sensitive to low temperatures, so spring frost damage is serious concern. Damage from spring...
Embryo Rescue: Making the Impossible Happen
Posted 2/15/2013 - Grapes like DOVine, Selma Pete, Sweet Scarlet and Scarlet Royal likely would not exist were it not for ARS scientists’ expertise with a laboratory technique known as “embryo rescue.” The technology “allows us to use two seedless...
Grape Breeder, David Ramming Retires
Posted 1/18/2013 - After 38 years, David Ramming has retired from the USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS)-Parlier, California, where he bred grapes for California’s raisin and fresh market industries. Starting in 1975, he replaced John Weinberger who had just...