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Why we Remove Grow Tubes for the Winter

To appreciate why it’s so important to remove grow tubes in the fall, we first have to understand the original function of grow tubes. Grow tubes are designed to absorb heat from sunlight, creating a warmer-than-ambient environment inside the tube during daylight hours. Originally called “tree shelters,” grow tubes have been used since around 1979. They originated from a shade …

American Vineyard October Issue

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Contents of the October Issue: Grower Celebrates 64th Harvest Dennis Handel Makes Good Living Farming Facial Recognition AI Helps Growers Detecting Diseases with Infrared Coping with Climate Change Researchers to Update ‘Winkler Index’ The American Grapevine Grape Industry News Briefs California Michigan Minnesota New Mexico Ohio Oregon Texas Washington

Wild Grape of Florida

The wild southern fox grape, commonly called muscadine grape, grows from Texas to south Florida, north to Delaware and west to Missouri. These grapes are edible and tasty fruit and can be consumed fresh or to make wine and an assortment of jams, jellies, and other preserves. The grapes are the favorite food source for wild animals such as white-tailed …

Michigan Grape Harvest Update with MSU

Niagara juice grape harvest is underway in southwest Michigan. Statewide, sugar levels have been increasing at or ahead of the recent average dates. In southern Michigan, acid levels have been slow to come down for many grape varieties. This has resulted in some early ripening varieties measuring very high sugar levels before the acid levels indicate they are ready for …

New York Veraison to Grape Harvest Update with Cornell Agritech

Statewide (with Tim Martinson, Senior Extension Association, Cornell Agritech) Cornell University — From 9/7 to our sample date of 9/13, maximum daily temperatures at Geneva ranged between 78-81 °F, with nighttime lows in the low to mid 50s. Two rainy days (9/8 and 9/9) dropped 0.8 in of rain. The rest of the week was overcast to sunny. In other words, it …

MSU Extension Michigan Grape Harvest Update

In southwest Michigan, harvest is continuing this week. Early hybrid wine grapes such as Marquette are being picked now. Harvest of some white vinifera varieties such as Sauvignon blanc is expected to begin by the end of the week. Crop adjustment work is finished and veraison in most of the varieties are completed in northwestern Michigan. (Pinot noir 10%0, Merlot …

Celebrity Chef Roger Mooking Demonstrates the Goodness of California Grapes

Millions of Canadians around the country had the opportunity to watch celebrity chef and Canadian native Roger Mooking demonstrate the versatility and goodness of California grapes during live segments on “Breakfast Television” and “CHCH Morning Live.” Mooking created three recipes featuring California grapes for the television segments. In addition to the television segments, Chef Mooking conducted radio interviews, a podcast, …

Michigan State University Extension Grape Crop Update

In southwest Michigan, most varieties have completed veraison. Harvest is continuing this week on early wine grape varieties being picked for sparkling wine. Some early hybrid varieties such as Marquette will be picked soon for still wine production. Veraison continues in northern vineyards, and most grape varieties are softening and their acid levels are dropping. Horticulture  At this time of …

American Vineyard September Issue

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Contents of the September Issue: That Which was Lost has Been Found Growing Muscadines in Richmond, North Carolina Combating Smoke Exposure WA Wine Scientists Run Critical Studies Sustainability Leadership Awards Recognizing Leaders in Sustainable Growing The American Grapevine Grape Industry News Briefs California Indiana Michigan Minnesota New York North Carolina Washington

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