The Lodi District Chamber of Commerce‘s Agribusiness Committee, in collaboration with the University of California Cooperative Extension, held the 72nd Annual Lodi Grape Day on Tuesday, February 6th, at Hutchins Street Square. This annual symposium brings together industry experts, grape growers, pest control advisors, winery personnel, bankers, and business leaders for a day of insightful discussions, valuable information, and networking opportunities.

This year’s speakers and topics included:

    • “Lodi Grape Growing Season 2023: Year in Review” by Justin Tanner, PhD, UCCE Viticulture Farm Advisor, San Joaquin & Stanislaus Counties
    • “Soil Health Variability Assessment in Lodi Vineyards” by Noelymar Gonzalez-Maldonado, PhD Candidate, UC Davis
    • “Overview of Two Decision-Support Systems for Vineyard Water Management” by Lee Johnson, PhD, Applied Environmental Science Dept., CSU Monterey Bay
    • “Potassium Nutrition in Grapes” by Matthew Fidelibus, PhD, UC Cooperative Extension Specialist, Kearney Agricultural Research & Extension Center
    • “Losing the Rootstock Freedom: Rootstock Options in a Post-Freedom San Joaquin Valley” by Karl Lund, PhD, UCCE Viticulture Farm Advisor, Merced & Mariposa Counties
    • “Lodi’s Long-Term Strategy for Getting a Grip on Mealybugs & Viruses: Let’s Make a Plan” by Stephanie Bolton, PhD, Grower Research & Education Director, Lodi Winegrape Commission
    • “The Wine Market and Future Direction of the Industry” by Corey Beck, Executive Vice President Production & Chief Winemaker, Delicato Family Wines

The Lodi Grape Day publication, including articles from each of the speakers, is available HERE.