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Inmates help with grape research

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Most spider mite research projects involve the tedious work of counting spider mites—peering down a microscope to count tiny specks on leaves.

Some would even call it cruel and unusual punishment. But a Washington State University

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New spider mite found in Washington

Willamette spider mite has been detected for the first time in Washington grapes.

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Vinifera grapes hit hard

Hybrid varieties fared much better.

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Registration for grapevine virus workshop ends July 3

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July 3 is the deadline to register for one of three, half-day workshops on grapevine viruses and associated diseases to be held during the second week of July. The afternoon workshops are being held in

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New board member joins Washington Wine Industry Foundation

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Sherri Swingle joins the Washington Wine Industry Foundation board of directors. Swingle, who was the executive director of the Northwest Wine Benefit Foundation, brings marketing, event and fundraising experience to the WWIF board. She is

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Leafroll virus is costly

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Grapevine leafroll virus is very costly to growers, studies in major wine-grape-growing regions show.

Economists in New York, California, and New Zealand have looked at the costs of leafroll virus in recent years and all found

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Washington vineyards, orchards change hands

Sagemoor’s cherries, apples, plus well-established wine grapes attract new owners.

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Growth in California grape plantings

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There’s no slowdown yet in wine grape plantings in California. Growers in the state added around 21,000 acres of wine grapes last year, according to the latest report of the National Agricultural Statistics Service.

Total wine

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New grape virus in Washington

Don’t assume that red leaves mean grapevine leafroll virus — they could be symptoms of a new disease.

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Potato chips and fine wines

Tim’s famous Northwest snack helped establish this Walla Walla winery.

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Destined for export: Understanding pesticide residue policy

It is a large international regulatory body with inherent inertia.

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Nematode management strategies

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Preplant soil fumigation has long been an effective way to control nematodes, but fumigation in the future may be limited, says Dr. Inga Zasada, U.S. Department of Agriculture scientist.

She offers the following suggestions to help

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Nematode-resistant rootstocks available

Improved rootstocks are available, though more field testing is needed.

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New approach needed for nematodes

Avoid white varieties if planting in a site with root knot nematodes.

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Chlorosis in Concords

Dr. Joan Davenport is looking for cost effective treatments for chlorosis in Concord grapes.

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Chardonnay’s future in Washington

Chardonnay is at a crossroads in Washington State as the state becomes a red-dominated wine state.

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The good and bad of deficit irrigation

Partial root zone drying deficit irrigation has potential for white varieties.

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Application deadline looms for viticulture scholarship

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The April 15 deadline approaches for viticulture students to apply for the Washington State Grape Society annual scholarship.

This year the group may award up to $1,000 to students who are engaged in fields of study

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Rootstocks do fine in Washington

Differences in rootstock trial were due to yearly climate variation, not rootstocks.

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Wine grape yields not affected by early leaf removal

Early leaf removal in white grape varieties has several benefits.

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Pear grower Laura Naumes blazes a trail

Laura Naumes is the first woman to chair the Pear Bureau Northwest.

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Control leafhoppers to avoid virus

The risk of grapevine redleaf virus makes controlling leafhoppers all the more important.

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Save money by applying pesticides where it’s needed

Perimeter sprays: Growers can save money applying pesticides only where they’re most needed.

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Stinkbugs march on Washington

Brown marmorated stinkbug found in 20 counties in Washington and Oregon.

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The latest on dealing with spider mites in vineyards

Two-spotted spider mite has the capability to develop tolerance to miticides in wine grapes.

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Washington’s westernmost vineyard

Kim and Blain Roberts grow grapes on the Washington coast where annual rainfall averages 70 inches.

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Washington’s easternmost vineyard

Basalt Cellars is reviving the once-thriving wine region in Clarkston, Washington.

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Mildew wanted in this vineyard

Scientists collect data on fungicide efficacy, best timings, and rates.

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Tyler Harlington, Young Grower Feb. 1, 2014

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Q:  Did you always want to be a farmer?
I wanted to be a lawyer. I wanted to get away from the farm life and go to the city. I wanted to wear suits and ties

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Washington State’s most southern vineyard

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One of Washington State’s southernmost vineyards, planted within a mile of the Columbia River near Dallesport by Don Graves, is also one of the older vineyards in the state.

Graves, 93, remembers first meeting Dr. Walter

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Washington State’s most northern Vineyard

The Veranda Beach vineyard is the cornerstone of a resort development.

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Billionaire quiet on vineyard plans

Aquilini’s British Columbia company shocked the wine world with the purchase of land at Red Mountain.

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Taking the guesswork out of yield estimating

Trellis tension technology could improve accuracy of crop estimating in grapes.

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Wine foundation honored

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The Washington Wine Industry Foundation was named a benefactor last month during the fundraising Washington State University Foundation Gala in recognition of its high level of giving to the university.

The Wine Foundation has partnered with

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Wine industry foundation oversees grants

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The Washington Wine Industry Foundation is administering three grants totaling nearly $525,000 that deal with clean plants, winery worker safety and training, and plant pests and diseases.

The most recent award is a $174,000 grant from

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Living the dream

Victor Palencia is one of the youngest winery owners in Washington’s wine industry.

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New approaches to frost control

The height of the vines influences how they fare during cold weather.

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Certified grape stock in short supply

If your nursery order isn’t already in, you’re too late for 2014.

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Top 5 global wine trends

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A survey of 115 international wine trade professionals, commissioned by ProWein, an international trade fair of wines and spirits, points to five major developments in the next 20 years:
1 Consumers, not producers, will rule the

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Alternatives for disease control

Chitosan not only reduces decay but induces resistance in the plant.

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Washington wine grape outlook

Americans are drinking more wine

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Juice grape trends for 2014

Cash prices are trending downward, production is trending upward.

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Hort Association, grape growers bestow honors

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Silver Pear

Kent Christensen, president of Independent Warehouse, Inc., in Dryden, Washington, received the Washington State Horticultural Association’s Silver Pear Award during the association’s annual meeting in December. Incoming Hort President Steve Zediker, presented the award

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Wine Commission uses humor to educate

"The Recommendeuer" iPad app provides in-depth information about Washington wines.

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Marketing matters

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B.C. growers should focus on clones

Grape gowers need to find out which clones will work best in British Columbia.

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See grape harvest Down Under

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Washington State University’s Dr. Thomas Henick-Kling is leading a harvest-time vineyard and winery tour to Australia from March 30 to April 14, 2014. Registration is open for the tour that will visit more than 20

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New wine center ­fulfills vision

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The recent groundbreaking of Washington State University’s Wine Science Center is not just about the ceremonial start of construction on a new state-of-the-art facility. It’s about the future of Washington’s wine industry. The new wine

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Managing nutrients in NW vineyards

For years, vineyardists in the Pacific Northwest have followed California recommendations to sample leaf petioles at bloom to assess the nutrient status of vines.

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Tucker Cellars finds niche

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Third-generation wine grape grower Randy Tucker has made wine in Washington’s Yakima Valley for 30 years. Through the decades, he’s changed business plans at Tucker Cellars to fine-tune the winery’s market niche, but he’s now

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