Thursday, September 3, 2015

Sour rot recap

Dr. Wayne Wilcox at Cornell University wrote an article on sour rot management on "Finger Lakes Vineyard Notes". (The link will open a pdf file)  Please check it out. 

Results from his research group is showing that 1) good canopy management matters, and 2) management of insect (fruit flies) seems to have a big impact on the development of sour rot.  Since their regions do not have issues with spotted wing Drosophila (aka SWD), even regular fruit flies, which cannot damage grape skin, can still aid transmission of sour rot pathogens.  I know some of us in VA have been managing SDW in the past few years. If you have managed SWD and have seen lower level of sour rot, please let me know.

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