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Michael David Winery Inducted into the San Joaquin County Agricultural Hall of Fame

The San Joaquin County Agricultural Hall of Fame, now in its 36th year, is pleased to announce its 2021 inductees.  The Agricultural Hall of Fame honors those individuals who have contributed to agriculture and to their community in significant ways. The honorees will then be recognized at our annual Agricultural Hall of Fame Banquet on Thursday, October 14, 2021 at the Robert J. …

Export Opportunities for US Wines in Brazil

Brazil reached robust sales growth figures for wines in 2020, reaching 380 million liters or 15 percent higher compared to 2019. There is market potential for U.S. wines as Brazilian consumers become more interested in wines. The imports of fine wine continue to grow and the beverage is becoming more popular in the market. The U.S. Department of Agriculture and …

Dry Creek Vineyard Begins Historic 50th Harvest

Dry Creek Vineyard announced the beginning of its 50th harvest just one day after the winery’s anniversary of 49 years of family winemaking in Sonoma County, California. This historic vintage was marked with the arrival of 10.35 tons of Sauvignon Blanc from one of the family’s estate vineyards. The love of the Loire Valley led Founder David S. Stare to produce …

Spotted Lanternfly Spreading in New York State

The spotted lanternfly – an invasive, destructive pest with a wide range of hosts including grapes, apples, hops, maple and walnut – has spread to a growing number of counties in New York state. The first major infestation in the state was detected in Staten Island in August 2020, and the insect appears to have established itself there. Two months …

Third Annual International Canned Wine Competition Awards Gold to Aluminum

Over three hundred canned wines from all over the world flexed their aluminum muscles at the third annual International Canned Wine Competition held July 20-22 at the Mendocino County Fairgrounds in Boonville, California. Wines from seventeen countries, including France, Italy, Spain, Argentina, Australia, New Zealand, England and even India, competed with their compatriots from all corners of the United States. …

Wine Festivals are Back for California Wine Month

After an endless lockdown, wine lovers will be happy to know that California wine festivals are back, just in time for California Wine Month in September!  Wine Institute will soon announce a full roster of events and special offers for California Wine Month, but in the meantime, here are some great wine festivals to enjoy. BottleRock Napa Valley September 3-5. …

Walla Walla Valley Successfully Defends Its Title, Named ‘Best Wine Region’ By USA Today

For the second consecutive year, the Walla Walla Valley has been named America’s Best Wine Region in the USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards, following a month-long vote of the public. A finalist in the competition each of the last four years, and now a back-to-back winner in the category, the Walla Walla Valley prevailed over 19 other finalists chosen …

Michigan Crop & Vineyard IPM Update

Michigan State University Extension — Veraison season is here. Third generation of grape berry moth is predicted to be starting in southern Michigan.   Weather Last week started cool and dry with high temperatures in the mid-70s statewide. Temperatures climbed through the week, topping out in the upper 80s in southwest Michigan, mid-80s in the rest of the state. Higher humidity returned …

Pre-veraison and Veraison Canopy Management in Michigan Vineyards

In cool climate viticulture with short seasons and reduced heat accumulation during summer, careful and timely viticultural practices are essential for maximizing the profitability and sustainability of your vineyards. Grapevine Cluster Zone Leaf Removal In order to regulate the quality of the grapes, growers in cool climate regions implement several different canopy management tasks in the vineyard to reduce the …

MSU Extension Releases New Crop Budgeting Tool

Planning tools can be helpful for improving profitability, productivity, and minimizing potential risks to your farm business. MSU Extension offers a variety of planning tools, including various Crop Budget Estimators. These Microsoft Excel-based tools have previously been offered in versions for grain or forage crops. Now a new version offers planning assistance for all crops.  Whether you raise fruits, vegetables, or small grains, the new “all crops” version offers a starting point for your budget planning needs. It highlights key decision areas to consider as you plan for and evaluate your growing season. It also uses your own farm records in …

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