November 7, 2014
                            Photo by Nathan DeHart Photography
In This Issue

Winegrape Growers: Complete Water Use Survey 


Dear Lake County Winegrower,


As statewide drought conditions continue, understanding the water demands of all users - agricultural, environmental, municipal, industrial - has become increasingly important in our community and throughout California.

To that end, the Lake County Winegrape Commission is conducting a survey to determine current water management practices, strategies, and technologies used by Lake County winegrowers and to identify potential programsto address winegrower needs.

Please take a few minutes to complete the 15-question survey:


NOTE: Your individual survey responses will NOT be tracked;

only the aggregated data of all survey participants will be reported.


Thank you in advance for taking the time to participate in the 2014 Winegrower Irrigation Management & Technology Survey.


Questions? Contact the Commission Office at (707) 279-2633.


REMINDER - Register for IPM Seminar Today


Just a reminder that the 17th Annual Lake & Mendocino Integrated Pest Management Seminar is fast approaching, and the deadline to register is today (Friday November 7). Advance registration is required - no at-the-door registration - so please be sure to sign up in advance.


Online registration is available for the seminar scheduled for Friday, November 14, at the Soper-Reese Theatre in Lakeport.


Sponsored by the UC Cooperative Extension, Mendocino College, and Lake County Winegrape Commission, this event is designed for QAL, QAC, pest control advisors, and agricultural managers and provides 7.0 Continuing Education Hours (1 law, 6 other) as determined by the California Department of Food and Agriculture.


To register and pay by credit card:


To register and pay by check: please call (707) 463-4495. 


Click here
to see a flier with a detailed agenda and registration details.

Grape and Wine Marketplace


WANTED: Seeking a bulk supply of Sauvignon Blanc wine (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) in quantities of 5,000-10,000 gallons per month.

 Contact: Ted Silvester, (207) 450-8847, [email protected]



Looking to Sell or Buy Grapes or Juice?
Remember to post your grapes and bulk wine listings for free on the Commission's  web site.
Affiliate Sponsor: Vintage Nurseries


Vintage Nurseries recently welcomed new Senior Vice President and

Rick Burnes

General Manager Rick Burnes and new Quality Control Manager Brad Kroeker.


A veteran of the agricultural industry for over 20 years, Burnes sees the potential in Vintage for even greater things ahead. He is not afraid to shake things up.


"We're definitely striving to fight the viruses and provide the cleanest materials in the industry," Burnes said about the challenges he sees. "But we're also looking at the business through the grower's lens and understanding the areas where we can - and will - be better."


Bringing agriculture experience into the new position, Burnes anticipates

Brad Kroeker

positive changes that will benefit growers."We are working on many exciting new projects. Having come from a different part of ag...almonds, pistachios, citrus...I can bring a fresh set of eyes. And I can tell you that we are really stepping up our game. You will see substantial differences in our company over the next 6 to 12 months. And I think you're really going to like what you see."


New Quality Control Manager Kroeker has plans to optimize production, minimize pathogenic impact, and create an environment of confidence around every product the company offers. Raised on a farm and holding degrees in biology and crop science, Kroeker lives and breathes this business. He says, "We are totally committed to keeping our plants vigorous, healthy and free of contamination. We will have industry leading quality checks."


One of Kroeker's first orders of business will be finalizing the preparations for Vintage Nurseries' new testing lab. "This advanced lab enables us to set the very highest standards of quality control," he said.


For more information about Vintage Nurseries, visit its online site, 


"Living with Drought"- A one-stop resource compiled by UC Cooperative Extension with links to several UC, state, and national resources.   


The Lake County Winegrape Commission's Drought Resource Web Page:  

Affiliate Sponsors
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Umpqua logo
Allied Grape Grower logo
North Coast Vineyard Services logo

Bob Bartley Pump logo

PG&E logo

Ag Unlimited logo

Novavine logo
Savings Bank logo
Lincoln Leavitt logo
American AgCredit logo
Guillaume logo

Ranch winery logo

Peterson logo

Ag Unlimited Lyman logo
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