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To Use or Not Use? Dealing with Fungicide Resistance

Fungicide resistance in both grape powdery mildew and botrytis bunch rot is making growers question what fungicides are and aren’t efficacious. Like with many things in life, the answer is… “it depends.” Botrytis bunch rot. Alex Wong, during his PhD in my group, monitored fungicide resistance in Botrytis cinerea across Oregon and Washington production regions. He observed that over 50% of the Botrytis …

New York Wine & Grape Foundation Unity Awards Announced

The New York Wine & Grape Foundation (NYWGF) is pleased to announce the winners of the prestigious 2024 Unity Awards. The Unity Awards were created in 1990 for the community to recognize, encourage, and celebrate cooperation among grape growers, wineries, researchers, retailers, and others to advance the entire industry.  Honoring the longstanding and bold spirit of our community members and …

New York State and Regional Wine Associations Unite to Provide Expanded Access to Educational and Business Development Resources

In an exciting collaboration between the New York Wine & Grape Foundation (NYWGF) and the Finger Lakes Wine Alliance (FLWA), 2024 promises new opportunities for educational and business growth for wineries and grape growers across New York State. Beginning in March 2024, NYWGF members will have the opportunity to participate in FLWA Spring Roundtables and Workshops, events which were previously …

Oregon Winery Wins 2024 Winery of the Year in International Competition

Umpqua Valley winery Reustle-Prayer Rock Vineyards has recently been awarded 2024 Winery of the Year and ‘Best White Wine’ at Toast of the Coast International Wine Competition, held in Del Mar, California. In total, Reustle claimed 4 Double Gold and 3 Gold Medals, including 3 ‘Best of Class’ distinctions. Toast of the Coast is an annual event hosted by the San Diego County Fair, aiming to recognize wineries …

Reminders for Early-Season Disease Management in Virginia Vineyards

Phomopsis cane and leaf spot One of the diseases you need to consider soon after bud break is Phomopsis cane and leaf spot. It causes minor leaf spots, which are more evident to our eyes, but necrotic lesions cause more critical damage on shoots and rachis. It also causes berry rot; however, it is not common with wine grapes because …

Insurance Market Crushes Wineries and Wine Country Homeowners

We keep hearing about how difficult it is for winery and vineyard owners to get property insurance these days, both for their homes and their wine businesses in  California’s wildfire-prone areas. Those who have not yet faced non-renewal are dreading a potential notice on their next renewal cycle, and those who have been non-renewed or are purchasing new properties are finding …

Research on Hydrogen Sulfide Formation in Canned Wines and Biological Control for Grapevine Trunk Disease Awarded Top Scientific Papers

The exploration of hydrogen sulfide formation in canned wines and biological control for grapevine trunk disease in Canada took top research honors for the 2024 American Society for Enology and Viticulture (ASEV) Best Paper Awards. The selected papers will be presented at the 2024 ASEV National Conference in Portland, Oregon, on June 17-20. Authors will be presented with a plaque and each paper …

2024 Ohio Vineyard Pruning Primer

It’s still winter, but thanks to this El Niño year, it sure hasn’t felt like it in Ohio. Daily average temperatures over the past 30 days have ranged between 6-10 °F above the 30-year mean (Fig. 1). Many of our vineyards are likely taking advantage of this weather to prune the vines for the upcoming year. To those with smaller …

Identifying, Mitigating and Preventing Fungicide Resistance

– SPONSORED CONTENT – Until new fungicide products with new modes of action become registered and commercialized, maintaining the efficacy of current fungicides takes a concerted effort from all high-value crop growers, professional crop advisors and consultants. You have, no doubt, heard the saying that one bad apple spoils the whole bunch. When it comes to the development of fungicide …

“Seeding the Future Documentary Addresses Impact of Climate Change on Wine Industry

Global wine community organization, Porto Protocol, has announced the launch of its second documentary, titled ‘Seeding the Future.’ The groundbreaking film sheds light on the profound impact of climate change on winegrowers worldwide, featuring testimonials from industry leaders and showcasing best practices implemented to mitigate its effects. ‘Seeding the Future’ will be available for streaming on YouTube. A key theme …

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