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Vineyard Views Newsletter & Events

Latest information on viticulture, UC research and newly released UC publications.

Issue Articles  
Monitoring and Detecting DMI Fungicide Resistance in Grape Powdery Mildew

Follow the link to the newsletter below for more information on the status of resistance testing for grape powdery mildew for the DMI (FRAC 3) fungicides. 

4/27/18 Download
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Inspecting green-growing vines for VMB

Vine mealybug has been found on recent nursery shipments of green-growing vines in the North Coast region. 

Follow the newsletter link below to learn more. The newsletter can be used as training tool for crews inspecting vines as they are received. 

In Napa County, staff of the Agricultural Commissioner inspect all incoming shipments of green-growing vines and nursery plants. If you are expecting a shipment, contact the Agricultural Commissioner's office: (707) 253-4357

8/10/17 Download
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Potential benefits of powdery mildew resistant grapevines

Recent research from the UC Davis Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics evaluated the potential economic benefits to California of powdery mildew resistant grapevines. (See newsletter link below).

As a follow-up to this study, the research team is collecting information on grower preferences for specific traits. We would appreciate if you could take a few minutes to respond to their survey questions

Please direct questions to Olena Sambucci,

12/10/15 Download
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Walnut Twig Beetle and Thousand Cankers Disease

In early September 2015, the California Department of Food & Agriculture confirmed the presence of thousand cankers disease of walnut in Napa County. 

Access the newsletter below for additional information on this fungal disease and the beetle that moves it from tree to tree. 

11/3/15 Download
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Monitoring Guide for Western Grapeleaf Skeletonizer

On June 24, 2015, staff of the Napa County Agricultural Commissioner found one male Western Grapeleaf Skeletonizer in a pheromone-baited trap in a vineyard on Tubbs Lane in Calistoga. 

UCCE Advisors Lucia Varela and Monica Cooper developed a "Monitoring Guide for Western Grapeleaf Skeletonizer" so that vineyard owners, growers and workers could familiarize themselves with the pest's life stages and feeding habits.

Please use the newsletter link below to access the Monitoring Guide (English and Spanish versions). 

If you find this pest or feeding damage in Napa County please contact the office of the Agricultural Commissioner: 707-253-4357, OR contact UC Cooperative Extension: 707-253-4221,

For additional information on biology and management of this pest, access the UC IPM Pest Management Guide for Western Grapeleaf Skeletonizer

7/8/15 Download
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Arboreal Camel Cricket

In April, we observed leaf symptoms in select vineyards consistent with feeding damage by arboreal camel crickets. 

For photos and additional information, access the newsletter using the link provided below. 

6/1/15 Download
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Vine mealybug management and FAQs

The Napa County Wine grape Pest & Disease Control District sponsored a seminar on vine mealybug (VMB) on February 25. We discussed VMB detection, biology and management. As a follow-up, this article summarizes significant points from the day, focusing on issues that are of particular concern for management of VMB, and also addresses FAQs

3/16/15 Download
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Grape Erineum Mite

The results of grape erineum mite trials in the North Coast region were recently published in the December edition of CAPCA Adviser.

The article includes a monitoring data collected during the fall migration of erineum mites,  from galls in grape leaves to from grape leaves to overwintering sites beneath latent bud scales.

It also includes results of a preliminary trial evaluating the efficacy of post-harvest sulfur treatments for control of erineum mite populations, in an early-harvested variety (Sauvignon Blanc).

Follow the newsletter link below to access the erineum mite article.

12/9/14 Download
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Water limiting (drought) conditions

Resources for water management of grapevines under drought conditions (courtesy of our colleagues in Australia) are available in the Irrigation section of the UC Cooperative Extension-Napa County website:

Considerations for managing vine growth & yield under water-limiting conditions include:

1. Managing crop size through reductions in bud numbers and/or thinning after set. Adjust crop size to predicted water availability. 

2. If possible, target supplementary irrigation to critical physiological periods: (a) budburst to flowering, (b) flowering to fruit set, (c) veraison to harvest, (d) harvest to leaf fall--hopefully will be raining by then!

3. Organic residues (from cover crops or weeds) and mulches may moderate soil surface temperatures.  

1/20/14 Download
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Virginia creeper leafhopper

Update on Virginia creeper leafhopper (VCLH) populations:

Populations of Virginia creeper leafhopper (VCLH) have been identified in Napa County, in Pope Valley.

Follow the newsletter link below for additional information on VCLH and variegated leafhopper populations in Napa, including photos and links to additional training tools. Early detection and identification can be critical to avoiding economic injury. 


7/30/15 Download
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Video demonstration (in Spanish): Measuring grapevine leaf water potential

Dr. Arturo Calderon, Postdoctoral scholar, USDA and UC Davis has released an instructional video (in Spanish) on the use of the pressure bomb to measure grapevine leaf water potential. 

We hope you will find this video to be a useful training tool.

2/7/13 Download
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Brown Marmorated Stink Bug

Since its introduction to the United States from Asia in the 1990's, the brown marmorated stink bug has become established in the mid-Atlantic states, as well as Portland, OR and Los Angeles, CA. 

You can support pest prevention efforts by being aware, recognizing the pest, and reporting suspicious specimens. 

The UC IPM Pest Alert Card for BMSB provides information on identification and damage. Consider printing and displaying it to increase awareness.  

6/27/12 Download
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Phylloxera Populations on Resistant Rootstocks

We have updated our newsletter addressing phylloxera on resistant rootstocks.

Follow the newsletter link below to read our updated report.  

6/20/12 Download
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Is it a trunk disease? The case of the missing pathogen

In January, Dr. Gubler and I visited a vineyard that seemed to have very clear symptoms of a trunk disease (Eutypa or Botryosphaeria). Yet when we looked closer, we determined the symptoms were not caused by a to the newsletter below to see photographs and read our full report. 

3/5/12 Download
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Gopher Control Workshop

Workshop Flyer
Thursday, May 26, 2011
9:00 am - 11:00 am
UC Davis Oakville Experimental Vineyard
1380 Oakville Grade Road

Speaker:  Dr. Roger Baldwin, UC IPM, Statewide Vertebrate Control Advisor

Dr. Baldwin will provide an overview of pocket gophers and discuss the use of baiting and trapping.  He will also provide demonstrations on baiting and trapping techniques.

Attendance is limited to 50 participants (3 maximum per company).
Pre-registration is required.
1.5 CE hours have been approved for this workshop.

Register at

5/4/11 Download
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Berry shrivel

It's that time of year: shriveled berries on ripening clusters. See the attached article by Krasnow et al. in California Agriculture. The authors describe the distinctive symptoms of 4 common types of berry shrivel disorder in grape in California.

8/26/10 Download
October 2008 Vineyard Views

Leafroll Spread and Plant Material information and survey form; Planting Material Workshop flyer and registration form; Napa County UCCE Viticulture Farm Advisor position, more..

10/31/08 Download
April 2008 Vineyard Views

Viticulture Program Representative, View from Below the Vine, Weed Field Meeting

4/1/08 Download
May 2007 Vineyard Views

New Weed Advisor in Napa Light Brown Apple Moth Herbicide Resistant Weeds ... More

5/27/07 Download
September 2004 Vineyard Views

Vine Mealybug - Little Good News Berry Shrivel Napa Valley Viticultural Fair ...More

9/30/04 Download
January 2004 Vineyard views

Vine Mealybug Update UC Budget Woes Continue Olive Fly Hits Hard PP Research Symposium New Publications

1/6/04 Download
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