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New Tool for More Accurately Predicting Vineyard Crop Yield

There are so many factors that influence crop yield from year to year and variability across vineyard blocks, making it quite difficult to predict crop size.  But what if you could get a good idea of next year’s crop yields before the season even starts?  Watch this brief interview with Luca Brillante from the Dept. of Viticulture & Enology at …

Spur Pruning Pinot Noir Vineyards Without Losing Crop Yield

An increasing tight labor supply has compelled grape growers to turn to mechanization, and spur pruning grapevines can save growers a lot of money over cane pruning; however, there has been a belief in the industry that spur pruning Pinot Noir vineyards leads to reduced yields in comparison.  Watch this brief interview with Patty Skinkis from Oregon State University as …

Clarification of New Farm Water Testing Requirements Under FSMA

For those agricultural commodities that are subject to the new Produce Safety Rule under the Food Safety Modernization Act, water testing will be a key component in this adjustment.  In some cases, these water testing requirements may include more than just what you are irrigating the crop with.  Watch this brief interview with Tom Jones from the Safe Food Alliance …

Normal Volume Projected for CA Table Grape Crop, Supplies into January

The California Table Grape Commission recently assessed crop volume and projected a final total of 109 million 19-pound boxes with shipments continuing into January. With 40 to 50 percent of the California table grape crop typically shipping after October 1, Kathleen Nave, president of the commission, notes that grapes are very definitely a fall and early winter fruit. “Grapes from …

Legal Care for Injured Farm Employees (Farm Liability Series Part 2 of 3)

  Farmers are some of the best people on the planet.  They work hard and do their very best to keep food on the table in homes all over the world.  Like anyone though, sometimes they make mistakes too and can overlook some of the ever-changing laws and requirements for their farm employees, and end up in court over violations …

California Wine Grape Harvest Update with Allied Grape Growers

How is the 2019 California wine grape crop and harvest progressing?  And what are the current trends in the wine market?  Watch this brief interview with Jeff Bitter from Allied Grape Growers and read more about it in American Vineyard Magazine. Please thank our sponsor Duarte Nursery for their industry support and attend their upcoming Grapevine Clonal Field Days.  Learn …

Oaks in Vineyards A ‘Win-Win’ for Bats and Growers

Californians love their oak trees. During vineyard development, Central Coast grape growers often feel compelled to leave an old iconic oak standing, even if it ends up right in the middle of their vineyard. While driving through the Central Coast, it’s not unusual to see the pattern of vineyard rows broken by a majestic oak tree. Aside from their beauty, …

California Raisin Crop Estimate Up, Acreage Down

Harvest has just begun for Central Valley raisin growers, but what is crop size, quality and maturity looking like?  Watch this brief interview with Sun-Maid Board member and grower Jon Marthedal to find out, and read more about it in the September issue of American Vineyard Magazine. Please thank our sponsor Duarte Nursery for their industry support HERE.

2019 Wine Grape Harvest Begins in Sonoma County

Following a record rainfall this past winter and a cool spring, the summer growing season has been near-perfect for Sonoma County winegrapes.  Now grape growers and winemakers throughout Sonoma County are in constant contact coordinating their schedules as the 2019 harvest began overnight. Among the first grapes of the season harvested in Sonoma County were picked this morning just after …

California Vintners Gear Up for 2019 Harvest

Long hours. Seven-day work-weeks. Grape-stained clothing, boots and skin. These are just a few of the challenges that await California vintners in the coming weeks and months. But before the bustle of crush begins, winemaking and vineyard teams are making careful preparations to ensure that the harvest process runs as smoothly as possible. Wine Institute asked four California winemakers and …

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