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May 7, 2015

That’s it.  I’ve had it.  It’s just too much.  Any time I hear speakers talk about the drought in California, there is a portion of the speech that goes something like this:


  • I was just in Israel to see how they deal with arid conditions.

  • They have it...

February 5, 2015

Product Review: Vintel


Vintel is a piece of software made by a French company called ITK that predicts vine water potential, “by mapping soil and plant characteristics to prevailing weather and irrigation practices.”  I gave it a spin at Unified and it seemed surprisin...

May 21, 2014

In the last two blogs I gave an overview of the current water situation in the state and discussed mitigation strategies for vineyard owners.  I left out one important action we should take: educate ourselves and share our opinions with elected officials.  For instance...

May 20, 2014

In the last article, I gave an overview of our challenging water situation.  This article will discuss tools and strategies for dealing with water shortages.  The tools I’ll discuss are insurance, conservation, unregulated water sources, storage and rootstocks.  Let’s...

May 16, 2014

In the near future, I plan to start throwing more grape price projections up on this blog, but first I'm going to do a three-part series on water, which is on every grower's mind right now.  This first post will give an overview of the situation, the next post will be...

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