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Lodi Grape Yield Disappointing

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(Sacramento, CA)
Tuesday, February 15, 2011

2010 was not a good year for Lodi's winegrape harvest.

"The yield was a little bit disappointing but the quality is excellent."

Mark Chandler is with the Lodi Winegrape Commission. He says growers harvested about 575,000 tons of wine grapes last year…way down from 2009's record crop of 730,000 tons.

"So it's off about 22%."

Chandler says springtime weather affects the following year's crop. And in the spring of 2009, we had a lot of rainy days.

"That affected the vines. They just did not have a very robust yield."

Chandler says wine grape prices improved about 5% from the year before…but because of the rising cost of labor and materials, many growers are just breaking even.


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