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National Raisin Co Vaccinates Essential Ag Employees, Continues Feeding the World

Whoever would have thought a raisin packing facility would be not only be receiving and shipping raisin product, but also turn into a drive-thru vaccination clinic?  It’s true, and National Raisin Company has already assisted in getting 1,000 essential ag workers vaccinated for COVID-19 — exactly one year from the start of the pandemic.  Watch this brief interview with LindaKay …

Three Ways to Improve Color in Red Wine Grapes

Color is an important aspect of red wine grape quality.  Watch this brief interview with Luca Brillante from the Fresno State Department of Viticulture and Enology has he shares three things growers can do to improve color management and read more about it in American Vineyard Magazine.   Please thank this video’s sponsor Suterra for their industry support.

Raisin Bargaining Association Introduces Combination Pricing Program

The California raisin industry is evolving as growers and packers navigate through difficult times.  The Raisin Bargaining Association (RBA) is adapting as well to protect the interests of its members and negotiate sustainable prices for raisin growers.  Watch this brief interview with RBA Chairman Dwayne Cardoza as he introduces a new combination program for 2020 raisin crop pricing and read …

Monitoring Stem Water Potential in Grapevine (Case Study on Cabernet)

– SPONSORED CONTENT – Plant water status is a crucial aspect of quality grapevine growing. Precisely managing grapevine’s water stress during different stages in the growing season will result in grape optimal quality and quantity. Water stress level and timing determine grape’s aroma profile. It can also affect the amount of polyphenols in the grape skin and determine the wine’s aging …

New Grapevine Rootstock Characteristics & Availability

The University of California grapevine breeding program has recently come out with some exciting new rootstocks with great characteristics the better manage pests, diseases, and even drought conditions. Watch this brief interview with UCCE Viticulture Advisor Karl Lund, as he shares what what growers should know about some of the specific traits and availability of these rootstocks. Read more in …

2020 CA Preliminary Grape Crush Report

The 2020 crush totaled 3,542,038 tons, down 13.9% from the 2019 crush of 4,115,413 tons. A crushing disappointment for the industry, this represents the lowest tonnage and some of the lowest prices growers have experienced in the last decade.  Red wine varieties accounted for the largest share of all grapes crushed, at 1,813,964 tons, down 15.9% from 2019. White wine varieties crushed …

What Growers Need to Know about Sudden Grapevine Collapse

Sudden Vine Collapse is a disease complex that has become a lot more widespread across California than was previously thought. First coined by growers as Mystery Vine Collapse, researchers now have some answers.  Watch this brief interview with UC Davis Plant Pathologist Akif Eskalen to find out more and read about it in American Vineyard Magazine.   Please thank this …

Vineyards Serve as Ideal Groundwater Recharging Sites

As Californians are concerned about heading into another drought, grape growers may be able to assist in replenishing our depleting groundwater supplies during these stormy months.  Watch this brief interview with William Horwath from UC Davis and read more about it in American Vineyard Magazine.   Please thank this video’s sponsor Suterra for their industry support.

Raisin Bargaining Association Makes New Raisin Price Offer

As raisin growers begin to prepare for a new season, most are still uncertain as to what their returns will be for their labors in bringing in the 2020 raisin crop.  There is a lot of uncertainty during these unprecedented times, and with their livelihoods in limbo from year to year due to delayed price agreements between the the Raisin …

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