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Washington Winegrowers Elects New Leaders

At a virtual annual meeting of the membership, incumbents were re-elected to serve three-year terms on the Board of Directors for the Washington Winegrowers Association including: Becca De Kleine, Four Feathers Wine Estates, Prosser Scott Williams, Kiona Vineyards & Winery, Benton City Shane Collins, Rocky Pond Winery, Chelan Immediately following the annual meeting, a board meeting was held with Shane …

Consider Shipping US Wines to Coatia

Croatia provides a unique opportunity for U.S. wine exporters to position their product. U.S. wine exporters should focus their market entry efforts on Zagreb, the nation’s capital, where niches exist for medium and higher quality wines. I. Market Overview Production Domestic wine production is an especially important segment of Croatian agriculture and plays an important role in tourism, which is …

Washington Winegrowers Honors Industry Leaders

The Washington Winegrowers Association (Winegrowers) recognized three industry leaders in March for their achievements during their virtual annual meeting. Sadie Drury, North Slope Management/Seven Hills Vineyard, was honored as the Erick Hanson Memorial Grower of the Year; Tom Judkins, Inland Desert, received the Industry Service award; and Brian Carter, Brian Carter Cellars, was awarded the Grand Vin. GROWER OF THE …

Reconsidering Dormant Lime Sulfur Application for Upper Midwest Vineyards

For some grape growers, the first pesticide application of the season is lime sulfur shortly before bud swell. Others skip lime sulfur and start the season with a bud break fungicide application. So does skipping lime sulfur result in less disease control? Well, that depends on the disease you are trying to manage. Dormant lime sulfur can be applied right …

Grape Leaf Rust Spreading Across the Southeastern States

The Missouri Department of Agriculture – Plant Pest Control Program has tentatively identified Grape leaf rust on grapevines located at retail outlet. This is the first report of Grapevine Leaf Rust that I am aware of for Missouri. The disease has been reported in southeastern states including North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida. In 2018, Tennessee reported Grape Leaf …

Winemakers, Can you trust your pH meter?

The pH meter is arguable the most important piece of laboratory equipment you have in your winery. It is used for many routine analyses such as pH, titratable acidity, and as part of the analysis of volatile acidity. Accurately knowing your grape and wine pH is also critical in the management of microbial stability. Spoilage microorganisms such as Pediococcus and …

Cross Resistance to Insecticides Develops in Fruit Flies in Missouri Vineyard

Almost two–years ago I reported on the development of fruit flies developing cross–resistance to three insecticides in New York state. Fruit flies developed cross–resistance in a New York vineyard after 3–years of use of Mustang Maxx to control fruit flies. Fruit flies were collected from this vineyard after it was noticed that Mustang Maxx had failed to control fruit flies. …

Biodynamic Vineyard Certification: A Grower’s Perspective

Grape growers are becoming more and more familiar with the organic certification process, but how about biodynamic certification?  Watch this brief interview with Viticulturist Ray Nuclo from King Estate Winery in Oregon, who represents the largest certified biodynamic vineyard in North America, as he provides a grower’s perspective on what it means to farm biodynamically and the journey to certification. …

Optimizing Yield of Young Pinot Grigio Vines

Recently planted Pinot Grigio and wondering how much yield to prepare for in its early years? Watch this brief interview with UCCE Viticulture Advisor George Zhuang as he shares some key insights for growers from a San Joaquin Valley perspective. Read more in American Vineyard Magazine.   Please thank this video’s sponsor Suterra for their industry support.

USDA Announces New & Expanded Pandemic Assistance for Farmers

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that USDA is establishing new programs and efforts to bring financial assistance to farmers, ranchers and producers who felt the impact of COVID-19 market disruptions. The new initiative—USDA Pandemic Assistance for Producers—will reach a broader set of producers than in previous COVID-19 aid programs. USDA is dedicating at least $6 billion toward the new …

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