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USDA Grant Boosts Research to Improve Marketing of WA Wines

Washington State University’s School of Hospitality Business Management has received $500,000 to research and develop virtual reality marketing experiences to increase brand awareness of Washington state wines. The project is funded by a $250,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and a one-to-one match from the WSU Carson College of Business. “The Washington state wine industry continues to face challenges …

Revitalizing Winery Wastewater in the Vineyard by Cover Cropping

Amidst the current drought, growers can use all the water they can get, and recycling winery wastewater back into the vineyard would seem like a nice idea — except that water from the wineries are generally high in salts/chlorides, which would prove detrimental to soil health… unless certain cover crops planted down vineyard rows could remove the unwanted additives. Watch …

Fully Automated Wine Grape Vineyard Pruning Becomes More Economical

There is not always sufficient time and labor to accomplish all the tasks that need to be taken care of in the vineyard.  Fortunately researchers and allied industry stakeholders have collaborated and innovated to provide an economical way for the full automation of winter pruning in wine grape vineyards.  Watch this brief video with Kaan Kurtural from UC Davis as …

Measuring Bulk Electrical Conductivity (EC) to Understand Grapevine Water Status

At Fresno State Grape Day, Cliff Yu from the department of viticulture and enology reminded growers of the value of measuring the bulk electrical conductivity (EC) of their vineyard soils to better meet their grapevine water needs.  Watch this brief video as he explains, and read more about it in American Vineyard Magazine. Please thank this video’s sponsor Suterra for their industry …

Fresno State Researchers Investigate Smoke Taint in Wine Grapes to Help Define Thresholds

Viticulture and enology researchers from multiple universities have been feverishly working with the western wine grape industry to learn more about how wildfire smoke impacts developing wine grapes. The hope is to develop some form of industry standard threshold for smoke taint, so that wine grapes will not be rejected at the winery unless they have truly been compromised.  Watch …

California Farmland Trust Announces Race to Slow the Pace 5k/10k Presenting Sponsors

California Farmland Trust (CFT) is proud to announce Farm Credit, Pacific Coast Producers, Burroughs Family Farms, and Dwelley Family Farms as presenting sponsors of the second annual Race to Slow the Pace 5k/10k, set to take place on September 25 at Bokisch Vineyards in Lodi, CA. Farm Credit’s support of CFT and the Race to Slow the Pace complements their …

Sonoma County Vinters Foundation Awards $1 Million In Community Grants

Sonoma County Vintners Foundation (SCVF) is pleased to announce a distribution of $1 million for 101 SCVF Community Grants to Sonoma County nonprofits that work across the areas of education & literacy, health & human services, the environment and arts & culture. See the full list of grant recipients at sonomawine.com/impact. Through the tremendous support and generosity of the Sonoma County …

Dealing with Powdery Mildew Outbreaks in Missouri Vineyards

Grape growers as well as my visual observations confirm that some vine- yards are experiencing powdery mildew outbreaks. If your vineyard is experiencing a powdery mildew outbreak after the application of a DMI fungicide (Frac Code 3) then consider that the powdery mildew may have developed resistance. Powdery mildew resistance to DMI inhibitors was confirmed in Missouri in 2021. Some …

Sonoma County Wine Auction Raises Over $1.8 Million To Fund Nonprofits

Sonoma County Vintners Foundation (SCVF) is pleased to announce that its annual Sonoma County Wine Auction (SCWA) has raised over $1.8 million, which will fund SCVF Community Grants for nonprofit organizations serving Sonoma County. Presented by Vintec, SCWA was held at the beautiful Chalk Hill Estate Vineyards & Winery on September 17, 2022. Since the auction’s inception more than $40 million has been raised, making …

Michigan Grape and Wine Educational Needs Survey

Michigan State University Extension is looking forward to hearing from both growers and producers to help us meet their educational needs and serve them better. This survey is designed to collect the educational needs of wine and juice grape growers and winemakers across the state of Michigan.   Please contribute to improving the relevance and quality of education. Your input is very valuable and will help …

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