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Saving Money on Sustainable Farming with Sonoma’s Dutton Ranch

Sonoma County farmers have been outstanding examples of moving towards new and innovative sustainable practices on their farms. Sustainability takes many forms though, and accounts for the health and prosperity of both the land and the steward. There are costs with implementing sustainable practices on the farm, but many of these can return savings to the farmers as well, such …

Grape Winter Bud Survival in Minnesota

The grape breeding program team collects annual grapevine bud survival counts at the UMN Horticultural Research Center in late winter. In general, bud survival was high at this location. Most varieties are coming out of the winter very well. The data reported below is meant to help inform grape growers about relative 2021 expectations, but only reflects a sample of …

Washington Wine Reports Smaller Harvest, Good Quality in 2020

Washington’s wine grape crop may have been smaller in 2020, but according to farmers and winemakers—quality is high. The Washington State Wine Commission’s annual Grape Production Report, compiled with information provided by all Washington State wineries, showed 178,500 tons of wine grapes were harvested in 2020, an 11% decrease compared to 2019. “The smaller harvest is due to many factors,” explained …

Mann Packing’s New Facility in Gonzales, CA to Now Include Fresh-Cut Fruit Products

Mann Packing Co., Inc. (“Mann”), a subsidiary of Del Monte Fresh Produce N.A., Inc., and one of the largest suppliers of packaged vegetables in North America is excited to announce the addition of a fresh-cut fruit area to its new facility in Gonzales, California. This new section of the facility will allow Mann Packing to grow its fresh-cut fruit and organic …

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 …

Napa Valley Wine Grape Crop Update

Napa Valley Grapegrowers (NVG) announces that bud break has begun in Napa Valley, marking the beginning of the winegrape growing season.  “We’re seeing the first signs of bud swell on Pinot Noir in the Carneros AVA, with some buds pushing their first leaves this week” said Chris Hyde, General Manager at Hyde Vineyards and NVG member, “within the month, dependent …

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 …

Washington WAVEx Crop Estimation Webinar

Automating the labor-intensive task of crop estimation has long been a research goal of the wine grape industry. Washington State University researchers are leading an effort to develop a cutting edge smartphone app to address the issue, and the industry is invited to a one-hour webinar on April 8 to hear all about it. Each summer, wine grape growers and …

Eyes on the Skies as Vineyards Push Towards Bud Break

Sonoma County Winegrowers — As the calendar changes to March, Sonoma County vineyards are starting to awaken following a long, dry winter. Bud break marks the traditional start of the new year for the 2021 vintage meaning each day ahead is filled with a task intended to bring about the best harvest later this year. Given that bud break comes at the …

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