Grape Soil Problem

Flooded chardonnay vineyard: Lodi, California

This photo was taken yesterday 15 March 2010 east of Lodi, California. No… the chardonnay vineyard has not been irrigated [it’s a drip irrigation system], and there hasn’t been excessive amounts of rain, either. Yet, the entire bottom half of the vineyard is under water… a serious anaerobic condition for the vines. We are seeing more and more serious water penetration problems like this, and the primary problem is irrigation water that is snow-melt runoff contributing to serious soil structure issues. This soil condition can easily be corrected, but without help, the vineyard and the grapes are in serious trouble. If you have a water penetration problem like this, call us… we would gladly talk to you about our services and how we can help your crops, whether it be grapes, almonds, vegetables or field crops, …or something fun like pussytoes (Antennaria plantaginifolia) or red undies  (Begonia sinensis)… we can help you do a better job with your production.

2 thoughts on “Grape Soil Problem”

  1. You seem very knowledgable about this issue and it shows. Trust all your future posts turn out as well. Cheers!

  2. Thankx Alanna… I’ve worked with soils and irrigation water around the world. That being said, soil structure and water quality problems are one of our biggest concerns… But, luckily, we have the know-how and the amendments to correct the problems fairly economically… take care and thankx, again.

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