December 30, 2019 Newsletter

Black and white Lake County panorama in the winter time by Nathan DeHart


A Note from Commission President

As winter’s chill has settled in and vineyards are quiet this time of year, we would like to take a moment to wish you and yours a safe, productive, and happy New Year!

Cheers,
Debra Sommerfield


In this Issue…

Remembering Lake County Winegrower John Roumiguiere
Recap: 22nd Annual UCCE Lake and Mendocino IPM Seminar
University of California Grape Day: January 21
CDFA Accepts Public Comments for Healthy Soils Program
CAWG’s Statewide Update: Potential New Pest Management Tool?


Remembering Lake County Winegrower John Roumiguiere

Donna and John RoumiguiereFormer Lake County winegrape grower and long-time supporter of Lake County’s winegrape industry, John Roumiguiere passed away in mid-December.

John was one of the founding Board Members of the Lake County Winegrape Commission, serving from 1991 to 1999 and again from 2009 to 2010.

The Roumiguiere family – father Bob and sons John and Rob – was instrumental in shaping the burgeoning winegrape industry in Lake County in the early 1990s. John was a pioneering viticulturist who played a key role in the Commission’s work, with a focus on sharing his viticultural experience. He initiated the Commission’s Research and Education Committee, hosted educational meetings at his vineyard, and worked closely with University of California researchers and advisors, often donating test plots for various grapevine trials.

Our hearts go out to the Roumiguiere family.

A celebration of life for John Roumiguiere will take place Saturday, January 4, 2020 from 12pm to 4pm at the Little Theater in the Lake County Fairgrounds.

In lieu of flowers the family has asked that donations be made in John’s name to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or the Disabled Veterans National Foundation.


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Recap: 22nd Annual UCCE Lake and Mendocino IPM Seminar

Over 60 growers, vineyard consultants, and pest control advisors gathered at the UC Hopland Research and Extension Center to get updated on a broad range of pest management topics at the UCCE Lake and Mendocino IPM Seminar on Friday, December 13.

The meeting provided a total of 6.5 CE hours for cardholders from DPR and the topics were engaging. Thanks to many sponsors of this event and those who helped put it on: UC IPM, UCCE Mendocino/Lake, Lake County Winegrape Commission, Mendocino County, Mendocino College, and UC HREC.

Read more about the IPM seminar, including a brief summary of each speaker’s presentation.

Lake & Mendocino Counties IPM Seminar December 13, 2019


University of California Grape Day: January 21

On January 21, 2020, UC Davis Department of Viticulture and Enology will present the University of California Grape Day.

The program will cover topics such as rootstock and germplasm evaluation, methods to mitigate heat wave damages, crop load management, and grapevine crop evapotranspiration calculation and irrigation scheduling, along with updates on vineyard sensing and mechanization projects.

Registration opens January 4. For more information, contact Dr. Kaan Kurtural at 707-944-0126 or skkurtural@ucdavis.edu. Or visit the Oakville Station Facebook page.


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CDFA Accepts Public Comments for Healthy Soils Program

CDFA is now accepting public comments on its draft Request for Grant Applications (RGAs) for the next round of healthy soils funding to be awarded through its Climate Smart Agriculture Incentives Programs. These programs include the Healthy Soils Program (HSP) Incentives Program and the HSP Demonstration Projects.

The HSP Incentives Program provides financial assistance for implementation of agricultural management practices that improve soil health, sequester carbon, and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

Public comments on the draft guidelines will be accepted from December 17, 2019 through January 7, 2020 at 5 p.m. PT (15-day comment period).

For more information about how to provide comments, view the CDFA press release.


CAWG’s Statewide Update: Potential New Pest Management Tool?

By Michael Miiller, Director of Government Affairs for the California Association of Winegrape Growers (CAWG)

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On December 6, 2019, the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) issued a Notice of Proposed Final Decisions and Public Reports that included a proposed registration of Sequoia CA and Transform CA. These products contain the active ingredient Isoclast Active (sulfoxaflor).

Information regarding the proposed decisions, including the public reports and proposed product labels are available on DPR’s website.

Corteva Agriscience states Sequoia “is an insect control product for many fruit and vegetable crops. It provides fast-acting and consistent control of sap-feeding pests, including aphids, whiteflies, mealybugs, leafhoppers, plant bugs and psyllids… Dozens of field trials done in commercial fields and in greenhouses have shown that Sequoia has minimal impact on key beneficial insects, including assassin bugs, lacewings, ladybugs and minute pirate bugs. Additionally, Sequoia has no negative impact on beneficial mite species.”

The proposed registration is open for public comment until January 4, 2020. If approved, California would be the third state in the country to make this product available.

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LCWC is hosting a 30-minute webinar with Pan American Insurance exclusively for Lake County winegrape growers. Thursday, September 17, 2020: 4:00 pm – 4:30 pm Register: http://bit.ly/lcwc-crop-ins-webinar The session will feature details on crop insurance[...]
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