Soil Microbes Can Help Battle Heat Stress

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Drought conditions, heat stress, heavy frost and freezes all dramatically impact our crops. In California, over the Labor Day weekend, we witnessed a heat wave with temperatures soaring as high as 117 degrees in wine growing regions like the Santa Cruz Mountains. Many winemakers experienced a gut reaction of fear, especially with sensitive varieties like

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Great Grapes: Accelerating Vineyard Maturation

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

As we get closer to grape harvest, many of you have been asking us about options for increasing the maturation of vineyard blocks. The question is, how can you accelerate improvements in color, sugar and phenolic levels? The last 30-40 days prior to harvest is when sugar content begins to ramp up in the fruit.

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A Possible Weapon in the War Against Red Blotch

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

We’ve been getting calls from growers interested in applying Thyme Guard, primarily for use as a fungicide, but also for Red Blotch concerns. Andaman Ag continues to trial Thyme Guard as a possible means to mitigate grapevine red blotch associated virus (GRBaV). Red Blotch has two major impacts on fruit quality. The first is a

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Mitigating Red Blotch with Thyme Guard

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Growers following organic or sustainable practices are always looking for fungicide options that include organic products that don’t trigger the regulations for spray protocols or expose employees to harmful chemicals. In addition, the introduction of organic fungicides, insecticides, bactericides and virucides allows growers much greater flexibility in their application. Organic products introduce new biology to

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Key Objective – Building Soil Biology

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Last week I was walking vineyards above the Alexander Valley near Geyserville, where they’ve received an overabundance of rain this winter, with a customer. As much of the vineyard remained saturated, our conversation turned to what happens to nutrients that have been exposed to long periods of wet conditions and how we might approach getting

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Future Water Management

Thursday, January 19, 2017

As of Jan. 10, all of northern California, everything north of Sacramento, is no longer in drought, according to the federal government. South of Sacramento, with the exception of a sliver of land along the coast north of Monterey Bay, remains in some level of drought conditions, though the most extreme of these – “Exceptional Drought” is

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Red Blotch Suppression

Friday, November 4, 2016

We’ve previously mentioned Thyme Guard a new, innovative product that’s an organic virucide, fungicide, insecticide and bactericide.  We discovered Thyme Guard from colleagues in Florida that had heard that the product was making positive inroads on the effects HLB or Citrus Greening We were intrigued by a product that could be used in a number of capacities, required

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Historical Yields with Agrostim and Supergrow

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Foley Family Wines has applied Andaman Ag foliar fertilizers (Agrostim and Supergrow)  as part of their overall fertilization program starting early in the season and they’ve witnessed a substantial improvement in the health of their vines and canopies at post harvest. Al Wagner, Vice President of Vineyards, stated that, “our vineyards treated with Andaman Ag foliar fertilizers

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The Importance of Post Harvest

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Many California wine and grape growers are heading into the home stretch of this year’s harvest. During Autumn, as with most deciduous plants, nutrients are withdrawn into the plants from leaves prior to leaf fall. Post harvest is a critical period to apply soil based and foliar fertilizers as the vines are actively translocating nutrients

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