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Good Grape Grower

Featured stories covering good grape grower appear in this issue.

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Last Bite–The Comeback Kid

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A typical Riesling vineyard in Germany’s Mosel region. Some of the steepest vineyards in the world are found in Germany.

The white Riesling grape, a Vitis

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Good Job

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Michelle Moyer, the new viticultural extension specialist for Washington State, visits vineyards in Oppenheim, Germany.

New viticultural specialist hired
Michelle Moyer had a family nursery and landscape

Running ladders

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Dear Good Fruit Grower: 
Many thanks for running the article on my Running Fruit Ladders project, “Large Art For Small Farms,” December 2010.

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Vineyard was their destiny

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Naming a winery after your wife can earn a husband plenty of brownie points, but it also keeps her vested in making sure the wine

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Spin your weeds away

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After years of sitting on a tractor to knock down vineyard weeds with an old grape hoe, only doing about an acre an hour and

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High-tech packing

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The Geos packing house has 51 channels and 10 packing lines. The Geos packing house, a member of the Vinsch­gau Fruit

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Good Stuff

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With Come Unglued, there is no need to replace expensive PVC fittings.

Quick PVC pipe fix
Come Unglued is a new tool designed to save time and

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Exclusive opportunities

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Many major U.S. apple packers and marketers are offering exclusive varieties to their customers in an effort to gain a competitive advantage. But some are

Marketers line up exclusive apples

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Aurora
Auvil Fruit Company
For a long time, Auvil Fruit Company had been on the lookout for a yellow, good-tasting dessert apple to add to its lineup

Grape industry honors Wildman

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Tedd Wildman, described by some as a perfectionist, has developed a reputation for growing high quality grapes. A common thread ties

Rootstock effects on wine are minor

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Despite the discovery near Kennewick in 1894 of the destructive grapevine root pest phylloxera, the vast majority of Washington State’s vineyards continue to be planted

Breaking the weed cycle

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Wapato, Washington, grape grower Mike Sauer has experience with replanting both wine and juice grapes. Wine grapes, when following wine grapes in a vineyard with

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Replacing vines

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The empty spaces in this vineyard are grafted vines that didn’t take. “A vineyard like this with a lot of holes has issues that have

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Organic bubble hasn’t burst

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The entry of Walmart into organic fruit retailing five years ago helped fuel the demand for organic fruit, and demand is still growing despite the

Quick Bites

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Pear committee nominations
Nominations for positions on the Processed Pear Committee will be accepted during upcoming fruit industry meetings.

Nominations for an Oregon handler position held by

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Stepping aside

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Tedd Wildman is busy loading grapes during harvest.

It would be easier to list the industry groups that Prosser, Washington’s Tedd Wildman has not been actively

Rootstocks, varieties, and tree training

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A research and demonstration orchard near Ferrara, Italy, is a horticulturist’s dream—a 25-acre plot to study rootstocks, varieties, and training systems for pears, apples, and

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Clean plant material fundamental

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The young vines in grow tubes are replants due to disease-contaminated plant material.

When Tedd Wildman began planting lesser-known red wine grape varieties on Washington State’s

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Should you graft or replant?

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An example of a field-grafted vine.

Reasons to redevelop a vineyard vary—the vines may be the wrong variety, riddled with disease, or no longer productive. But

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New varieties are slow to be planted

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Laimburg Research Center’s Daniele Bona, left, shows the differences between high and low elevation in their variety trials.

Golden Delicious is the major variety grown in

Good Point

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At this year’s Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers’s annual meeting, we have a special session called “Getting Paid: Tools for Grape Growers.” The session