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Robert L. Andrews, 1930 – 2014

Andrews credited for helping develop grape region.

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Arvid V. Monson 1941 – 2014

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Diversified grower, rancher, and founder of Goose Ridge Winery Arvid Monson, 73, died December 1. The long time Yakima Valley, Washington, cattleman will be remembered for his handshake business dealings and innovations in tree fruit

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Sean Gilbert, Young Grower from Yakima, Washington

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age / 34
crops / Apples, cherries, apricots, peaches, nectarines and wine grapes
title / General manager
business / Gilbert Orchards
education / Pomona College

What’s been your greatest challenge?

I think the toughest years for me personally were the

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Washington wine and juice grape tonnage soars; juice prices fall

Cash prices to Concord grape growers for 2014 crop plummet to $110 per ton.

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Network promotes Prosser wines

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A new organization called Prosser Wine Network was formed in Washington State last spring to promote Prosser wines. The new group, with more than 30 initial winery and associate members, is working to create awareness

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Optical sorters come to wineries

The same type of high-tech sorting equipment used by tree fruit packers is being adopted in the wine industry.

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Northern Grapes Project gets $2.6 million in added funding

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The Northern Grapes Project has received an additional $2.6 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Specialty Crops Research Initiative to complete the final two years of the multistate effort, which began in

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Ste. Michelle hosts rootstock trial

This is one of the first full-scale rootstock trials in a commercial vineyard

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Chose plant material wisely

Ste. Michelle Wine Estates will plant nematode-resistant rootstocks for the first time in Washington on a small scale.

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Michael L. Miller, 1947 – 2014

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Mike Miller, 67, known for his infectious grin, had deep roots in Washington’s Yakima Valley agriculture.

His grandfather helped to bring irrigation water to land northeast of the Yakima River and his father was one of

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Guy William “Bill” Powers, 1926 – 2014

Washington wine industry legend Bill Powers, known for his innovative, organic grape growing and winemaking, died September 23. He was 88.

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Trunk diseases are a growing problem

Dirty plant material blamed for vine decline in Canada and California.

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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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