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New and Innovative Specialty Crop Protection Tools for California Growers

As crop protection materials continue to get regulated out of circulation, California farmers are struggling to have sufficient tools to maintain plant health and combat the major pests and diseases that afflict this region of the world.  The good news is that new and innovative crop protection tools are being developed and receiving registration for use on specialty crops in …

A More Effective Way to Win the Battle Against Vine Mealybug

Vine mealybug has never been more widespread across the grape growing regions of California than it is now.  Watch this video interview with Nathan Mercer from the Kent Daane Lab at UC Berkeley, who shares a more effective and collaborative way to control this pest in vineyards.  Read more about vineyard pest management in American Vineyard Magazine. Please thank this …

New North Coast Viticulture Advisor to Help Growers Adapt to Warmer, Drier Conditions in CA

As California wine grape growers continue dealing with warmer, drier conditions, new UCCE North Coast Integrated Vineyard Systems Advisor Christopher Chen suggests growers think outside the box when planning for the vineyard of the future. Watch his interview and read more about improving grape growing practices in American Vineyard Magazine. Please thank this video’s sponsor Suterra for their industry support.

Best Practices for Keeping Herbicide Residue off Your Grapes

As grape growers strive to continue minimizing herbicide drift and residue on their vines/fruit, watch this brief video with Emeritus UCCE Weed Science Advisor John Roncoroni on best practices that can also save money on spray applications. Read more about it in American Vineyard Magazine. Please thank this video’s sponsor Suterra for their industry support.

American Vineyard November Issue

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Contents of the November Issue: Crop Estimation as a Tool for Sustainability Foley Family Farms Explores New Application for Grape Production Farm Advisor Spotlight New Table Grape Advisor for Tulare & Kings Counties Cabernet can Survive Climate Change Changing Trellis Systems can Protect Wine Grapes, Quality The American Grapevine Grape Industry News Briefs Arkansas California Colorado Minnwsota Missouri North Carolina …

Introducing the New Colorado State University Extension Viticulture Specialist

With some of the highest elevation vineyards in the United States, Colorado boasts a total economic impact of $3.9 billion (according to WineAmerica data).  Home to 145 wineries, Colorado has a new Extension Viticultural Specialist at Colorado State University.  Her name is Charlotte Oliver.  Her educational background is in wine grape pathology, specifically in cluster rots and their control. She …

Ohio Vineyard Expansion Assistance Program Deadline, Nov. 4

The Vineyard Expansion Assistance Program (VEAP) is an incentive program created and funded by the Ohio Grape Industries Committee (OGIC), to encourage the establishment of new and/or expansion/replacement of existing vineyards in Ohio and grow what is already the sixth largest wine producing state in the country, with nearly 1,200 acres of vineyards. Purpose Due to the small amount of grapes produced …

Southern Sensation Seedless: New Table Grape for the Mid-South

In 2021, the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture and Texas A&M University cooperatively released a new table grape, Southern Sensation Seedless. What makes this grape special is that after thirty-four years of trialing in central and southeastern Texas, areas with extreme pressure from Pierce’s Disease (Xylella fastidiosa), no Pierce’s Disease (PD) symptoms have been observed and vines have …

UGA End-of-Season Pierce’s Disease Observations

We continue to see quite a bit of Pierce’s disease (PD) in our vineyards this year, to include our northern Georgia sites. I am convinced that bacterial titer drives this disease, and bacterial levels in the plant are determined by the vectors (type and number of sharpshooters involved), winter temperatures, and possible alternative hosts. I visited a Lomanto site near …

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