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Good Grape Grower

Featured stories covering good grape grower appear in this issue.

Breaking the weed cycle

  • February 1st, 2011

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

Vineyard was their destiny

  • February 1st, 2011

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

  • Replacing vines

Replacing vines

  • February 1st, 2011

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 [...]

  • High-tech packing

High-tech packing

  • February 1st, 2011

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

  • Organic bubble hasn’t burst

Organic bubble hasn’t burst

  • February 1st, 2011

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

  • Exclusive opportunities

Exclusive opportunities

  • February 1st, 2011

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 [...]

Quick Bites

  • February 1st, 2011

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 [...]

Grape industry honors Wildman

  • February 1st, 2011

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

  • Stepping aside

Stepping aside

  • February 1st, 2011

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 [...]

  • Last Bite–The Comeback Kid

Last Bite–The Comeback Kid

  • February 1st, 2011

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 [...]

Rootstocks, varieties, and tree training

  • February 1st, 2011

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, [...]

Running ladders

  • February 1st, 2011

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

The story [...]

  • Clean plant material fundamental

Clean plant material fundamental

  • February 1st, 2011

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 [...]

  • Should you graft or replant?

Should you graft or replant?

  • February 1st, 2011

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. [...]

  • Good Stuff

Good Stuff

  • February 1st, 2011

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 [...]

  • New varieties are slow to be planted

New varieties are slow to be planted

  • February 1st, 2011

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 [...]

Good Point

  • February 1st, 2011

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 [...]

Rootstock effects on wine are minor

  • February 1st, 2011

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 [...]

  • Good Job

Good Job

  • February 1st, 2011

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 [...]