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Good Grape Growing

Featured stories about good grape growing appear in this issue.

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Vashon's fruit-growing revival

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In the latter 1800s, before eastern Washington emerged as the state’s primary agricultural area, and before railroads and highways linked

Task force develops a research plan

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Washington’s wine industry is part of a nationwide coalition addressing the research funding crisis, but it isn’t waiting for the national effort to fill its

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Good prospects for fresh-cut pears

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Foodservice buyers are interested in fresh-sliced pears if consistent quality can be assured. Convenience is king in America today. Time-strapped shoppers

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Research successes

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Visiting scientist from Australia Jason Smith, left, and Washington State University’s Markus Keller test a pressure vessel for grapevine roots.

A number of benefits to industry

Going green to change the future

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The Mendocino Wine Company is doing their part to change the course of global warming by implementing practices to reduce their carbon footprint and investing

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Federal funds in short supply

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Washington State University postdoctoral fellow Pradeep Shrestha collects sap from a pressurized grape peduncle. Though Washington is the number-two wine-producing state

First Bite

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When I first began writing for Good Fruit Grower in 1995, my beat of coverage was stone fruit and Washington State’s grape industry. With my

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Closing the research gap

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A team of Washington State University researchers and technicians are chip budding grapevines as part of a rootstock trial. The wine

Good Question

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Washington State, with new production areas still being discovered, is younger than most other wine regions. Production has shifted from white to red varieties, a

New Zealand faces labor shortage

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Tourists to New Zealand are being recruited to help solve a critical labor shortage in Hawke’s Bay, one of New Zealand’s major apple-production regions.

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Rare varieties gain ground

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Counoise grapes, from Tablas Creek Vineyard Every profession has its rebels, and grape growers are no exception. Look at Dean Morrison,

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Less plum curculio damage was seen

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In a Michigan State University research project, young pigs were efficient grazers, cleaning up the orchard of dropped apples. The results

Apple Lines

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India is a country of enormous ethnic, linguistic, and cultural diversity. Its landmass is roughly one-third the size of the United States, it has

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Running on biodiesel

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Jim Baird, a grower at Royal City, Washington, has planted canola that he will have made into biodiesel for his own use.

Good Point

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As the second largest wine-grape-growing area in the country, we’re often proud to point out our accomplishments in terms of growth. In a decade,

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Last Bite

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Congdon Orchards is one of the oldest continuously operating fruit ranches in the state of Washington. Located in the Yakima

Pest control in 2040

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The future of pest management in pears is bright, thanks to coming technology, Washington State University entomologist Dr. John Dunley believes. His vision of

Institute tackles legislative issues

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Many issues face the Washington wine industry, said Jean Leonard, executive director of the Washington Wine Institute in Olympia, and several key issues are on

Wine Institute role clarified

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The Washington Wine Institute, the industry’s advocacy arm, has undergone major changes in the last few months. The institute is now administered separately from

Research history

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1960s—Grape and wine research begins in Washington, led by Washington State University researchers Drs. Walter Clore and Chas Nagel. 1981—Legislation passed designating

Origins of research funding

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Grape research, which dates back to the 1960s, has a circuitous history, with starts and stops in the early decades. Dr. Wade Wolfe

Assessment hike boosts research funds

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Grape research in Washington State will soon receive a financial boost from the Washington Wine Commission. The commission will set aside about $100,000 for

Funding shortfall

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The Washington State wine industry continues to grow while funds supporting viticulture and enology research dwindle, creating a widening research gap. In recent years,