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Finding Truth & What to Do Amidst the Controversy Over Crop Protection Materials “Pesticides”

Agriculture and the science of crop protection materials is too often misunderstood by the public and is under constant attack by extremists in the political arena. As legislation and jurisdiction begins to more commonly ignore sound science in their decision-making, farmers are rightfully concerned about the future of agriculture and what may or may not be in their power to …

First Genome of Spotted Lanternfly Built from a Single Insect

Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists, in cooperation with Pacific Biosciences and Penn State University, have published the first genome of the invasive Spotted Lanternfly (SLF) in the journal Gigascience and they did it from a single caught-in-the-wild specimen. Not only is it the first published genome for this pest, but no closely related species has had its genome sequenced, making the data even more important, …

BASF Launches Operation Weed Eradication to Help Growers Eradicate Weeds

BASF launched a new industry-wide initiative to eliminate on-farm weeds. Operation Weed Eradication calls on growers and partners to take action against troublesome weeds in their fields, through cultural practices, chemical control and enhanced diligence. Research by Stratus Ag shows that nearly 75 percent of growers nationwide are dealing with glyphosate-resistant weeds in their fields and today’s management practices are …

Wasps Can Cause Damage at Harvest – University of Georgia

Wasps, hornets, and even bees are opportunistic feeders, and during the mid to late summer they are actively searching for sources of sugars. Once they find sources of sugary foods, they will aggressively forage in those areas and recruit additional workers from the colony. As such, these stinging insects can be a real nuisance in grapes, especially at harvest. Unfortunately, …

Spotted-Wing Drosophila Concern for Grapes Near Harvest

Spotted-wing Drosophila (SWD) trap catches continued to remain high at our four remaining locations in the last week of August. In addition to fall raspberry risk of damage, a key concern for grape growers should be the high numbers of SWD at Chanhassen (Hort. Research Center, HRC), and at Hastings. Traps in our network are effective at catching both male and …

Oaks in Vineyards A ‘Win-Win’ for Bats and Growers

Californians love their oak trees. During vineyard development, Central Coast grape growers often feel compelled to leave an old iconic oak standing, even if it ends up right in the middle of their vineyard. While driving through the Central Coast, it’s not unusual to see the pattern of vineyard rows broken by a majestic oak tree. Aside from their beauty, …

UC Davis Experts Investigate Cause of Sudden Grapevine Collapse

Grapevines are suddenly dying in Lodi and the coastal grape growing regions of California, and the cause is currently unknown.  A team of extension experts at UC Davis are currently working with the industry to investigate this issue that is becoming more prevalent in the state.  Watch this brief interview with Plant Pathologist Akif Eskalen as he explains and read …

Drilling for Microbial Gold: Eskalen Lab Researchers Seek Biocontrol Agents for Canker Disease

Marcelo Bustamante, PhD student in Akif Eskalen’s lab, is on a mission.  A sort of microbial safari.  Only the fungi and bacteria Marcelo is collecting aren’t easy to catch-they live insidethe grape vine, potentially protecting it from deadly canker disease organisms.  To capture these microbes, Marcelo and his lab mates use a sterile drill bit to drill a small hole in grape vine trunks and …

Texas Grape Industry Grows with Over 500 Wineries

Representing the fifth largest wine grape producing state in the nation today, the Texas wine industry continues to grow and flourish.  Watch this brief interview with Texas A&M Agrilife Viticulture Extension Extension Specialist Pierre Helwi as he shares some interesting facts about the strengths and challenges of this growing industry.  Read more about it in American Vineyard Magazine.

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