2024 Vineyard Dormant Season Management and Mechanical Pruning Day
2024 Vineyard Dormant Season Management and Mechanical Pruning Field Day
The field day is at 8 AM on Friday, January 12th. The agenda and field location is here 2024 Vineyard Dormant Season Management Day
The registration is FREE but recommended on-line (click here)
2024 SJV Grape Symposium
On-line registration is currently open to the public.
Continuing Education: 1.5 PCA and 3.5 CCA hours have been requested.
Questions? Contact George Zhuang |email: firstname.lastname@example.org | cell: 559.231.1143
2023 Integrated Weed Management in Vineyards with Soil Health Practices
On March 28th UCCE Fresno is hosting a field day to demonstrate soil health practices and robotic weed management. The field day lasts from 9 AM to 12 PM. The location is Cardoza & Cardoza Farms, 1258 Manning Ave, Fresno, 93706.
Please click the registration and registration is FREE with lunch included.
The field day's agenda.
UC Davis Viticulture and Enology "On the Road" in Fresno County
UC Davis Viticulture and Enology "On the Road" will come to Fresno County on February 15, 2023 at UC Kearney REC near Parlier. The agenda is On the Road in Fresno County_2.15.23_Agenda and registration is here. The covered topics are:
1. Remote sensing and tools on water management.
2. Drought resistant rootstock.
3. Grape breeding for the hot climate.
4. Vineyard yield estimation.
5. Grape smoke exposure and management.
Any questions? Please contact Caroline Firman at (530) 574-7073 and email@example.com
NEW UC IPM SITE
Hello Fresno/Madera Grape Growers,
The UC IPM is currently redesigning its website to a more mobile friendly version, and Powdery Mildew Index has not been updated in the old UC IPM site. Please refer to the new PMI index here.
The transition to new UC IPM site will be completed at the end of this summer. Until then please follow the new link to track PMI.
Kearney Grape Day 2015 Video
Click here to view the Grape Day video "Predicting Grapevine Fruitfulness through Bud Dissection" featuring George Zhuang!
Grape pests and diseases cause significant economic losses to California’s wine, raisin and table grape vineyards annually. Grape growers rely...
The focus of the UC Cooperative Extension Fresno County viticulture program is:
Production and processing of grapes for raisin, the fresh market and wine
Production cost analysis
Cultivar and Rootstock evaluation
- Grapevine nutrition
- Pest and disease management
Meet George Zhuang!
Fresno County's New Viticulture Farm Advisor.
Hello, my name is George Zhuang. I am the new UC Cooperative Extension (UCCE) Viticulture Farm Advisor for Fresno County. I am originally from China and did my undergraduate studies in Viticulture and Enology at China Agricultural University between 2005 and 2009. After that I began my graduate studies in Horticulture at Michigan State University where I pursued my Master’s degree focusing on cool climate viticulture. After I graduated from Michigan State University, I was offered the opportunity to gain additional experience as a viticulture intern at E. & J. Gallo wineryin Modesto during the 2013 and 2014 seasons.
As for UCCE, the biggest challenge in the near future is to understand how to increase production (yield and quality) with fewer resources (water, labor and chemicals). Therefore, more research and technology are needed to help with the practical side of grape growing in the Valley to make the industry more sustainable and competitive on a global scale. As I begin my career as UCCE’s Viticulture Farm Advisor in Fresno County, my focus will be identifying and prioritizing the needs of the industry to shape my program.
It is a great honor for me to be offered this position. The tremendous work and impact made by my predecessors motivated me to apply for this job. I am willing to work with and learn from my current and emeritus colleagues from UCCE, representatives from the industry, and Valley growers to support the grape industry in Fresno. I am excited about this opportunity and look forward to field visits, discussions, and meetings with stakeholders to learn from you and focus my program on important issues for the grape industry.