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Managing Grape Berry Moth with the University of Missouri

Grape berry moth (GBM) is a native North American pest that can reduce fruit quality both directly and indirectly. The immature or larval stage of the pest tunnels into fruit reducing fruit quality. The entry holes (“stings”) of the larve compromise the integrity of the berries and provide an entry point for assorted fruit rots including sour rot (Figure 1). …

2021 Ohio Grape Production and Pricing Survey

The Ohio State University Viticulture Extension Team in collaboration with the Ohio Grapes Industries Committee is conducting a state-wide survey of grape production and prices to better understand the distribution, harvest yield, and price of Ohio-grown grape cultivars from the 2021 season. This year’s survey includes additional categories for both juice and bulk wine pricing if fruit was sold as …

Growing Cold Climate Grapes Online Course

The Minnesota grape and wine industry is expanding and contributes to over $80M in economic activity, and Minnesota grape growers have expressed a need for more introductory and continuing education for best sustainable viticultural practices. With funding and support from the North Central Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (NCR-SARE), a collaboration between the University of Minnesota’s Extension and the Grape …

ASEV Keynote Speaker to Present on Interplay Between Biology & Environment During Grape Ripening

Dr. Simone D. Castellarin, an Associate Professor in the Wine Research Centre at The University of British Columbia in Canada, will be the keynote speaker for the 73rd ASEV National Conference.  His presentation, “Fruit Ripening in Vitis vinifera: The Interplay between Biology and Environment,” will be held in-person on June 21, 2022, at Paradise Point Resort in San Diego, California. Dr. Castellarin …

Central Valley Farmer Plans to Take Fight Back to D.C. as Congressman

California agriculture may be on its way to getting better representation in Washington D.C. with John Duarte running for California’s new 13th Congressional District.  A Central Valley native and an active multigenerational farmer, John is no career politician.  Protecting property rights and increasing water storage are among his top priorities. Watch this brief interview with John to see what he …

Hundreds of Thousands of Prime CA Farmland Acreage Fallowed this Year Due to Drought

Farmers and other California residents have been pushing legislature for many years to increase our state’s water storage capacity with no success, and with the “years of plenty” long past, hundreds of thousands of acres of prime farmland will go fallow this year. This will have devastating impacts on our nation’s food supply, local communities and the many families that …

Washington Wine Industry Launches Sustainable WA Certification Program

The Washington wine industry launched the state’s first statewide certified sustainability program for wine grapes, signifying a commitment to quality fruit, environmental stewardship, and healthy communities. Sustainable WA will begin certifying vineyards this summer. “From pest and disease management to sustainable water management, prioritizing worker health and safety and tracking various inputs, this program is environmentally sound, socially equitable, and …

Washington Wine Allocates Nearly $1 Million to Wine Research for Upcoming Year

The Washington State Wine Commission (WSWC) awarded almost $1 million in research grants for the upcoming year through the statewide grape and wine research program, along with its own grant program. The broad research projects aim to improve wine quality by tackling high priority vineyard and winery issues. The Washington State Wine Commission Board of Directors approved 24 projects totaling …

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