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Longtime winemaker fulfills dream by opening his own boutique winery

November 22nd, 2017|0 Comments

Co Dinn Winery: One man’s path

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Grape prices, fungicide resistance likely heading up

November 17th, 2017|0 Comments

The acreage of juice grapes in Washington continues to decline, but the price is likely to go up next year, said Trent Ball at the Washington State Grape Society annual meeting on Friday. Challenging growing seasons in Argentina, Spain, and California mean global supplies are down.

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Wine gaining ground in Michigan

November 15th, 2017|0 Comments

New Michigan wine collaborative aims to shape state’s industry.

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Riesling for those rainy days

November 15th, 2017|0 Comments

Growers in the Finger Lakes figure out how to grow European grapes in challenging conditions.

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Veterans see future in WSU wine program

November 9th, 2017|0 Comments

There’s something about all the hands-on work that attracted Nick French, a former Air Force mechanic, to the wine industry. He likes getting his hands a little dirty and working with equipment.

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The hunt for great grape genes

November 7th, 2017|0 Comments

New funding enables research to continue to develop DNA markers to breed better grapes.

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N.Y. grape growers vote ‘no’ to research assessment

November 6th, 2017|0 Comments

Decision marks move toward more regional approach after narrow rejection of assessment.

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James Bukovinsky, a young grower working in Benton City, Washington

November 6th, 2017|0 Comments

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family background / James grew up in Woodinville, Washington, and earned an environmental science degree

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Wine industry involvement can help research come alive

November 6th, 2017|1 Comment

Insightful input: A Good Point by Melissa Hansen

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Seeing red in the vineyard

October 27th, 2017|0 Comments

Both biotic and abiotic causes can turn grape leaves red. Here’s what you should look for.

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Making good in the Badlands of Washington

October 27th, 2017|3 Comments

Grower creates a home for his vineyards in dramatic but challenging scenery.

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Scouting strategies

October 27th, 2017|0 Comments

Your vineyard scouts probably aren’t sampling nearly as randomly as you think they are.

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Napa Valley wineries largely dodge wildfire destruction

October 23rd, 2017|0 Comments

Wildfires that killed 40 people and burned thousands of homes and businesses in Northern California left wineries in the Napa Valley mostly unscathed, according to a survey by a nonprofit association.

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For sale: huge tract in prime Walla Walla location

October 11th, 2017|0 Comments

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It’s a heck of a view for a vineyard. Nobody has planted one yet, but

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Tools for counting the crop

September 20th, 2017|0 Comments

Combining low-tech crop load samples with high-tech maps could make vineyards more efficient.

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WSDA seeking participants for vineyard study

September 19th, 2017|1 Comment

The Washington State Department of Agriculture is looking for participants for their vineyard survey.

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Grape & Wine Issues Caucus set for Nov. 14 in Yakima

August 30th, 2017|0 Comments

Washington Winegrowers and the Washington Wine Institute will hold their Grape & Wine Issues Caucus on Nov. 14 in Yakima.

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The high-tech promise of hands-off

August 29th, 2017|0 Comments

Mechanization researchers have seen quality improvements along with possibilities of cost savings.

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X-ray vision to see ice formation inside buds

August 29th, 2017|0 Comments

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Using an advanced type of X-ray imaging to examine ice formation inside wild grape buds,

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Same grapes, different names – Cynthiana and Norton

August 29th, 2017|0 Comments

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A long-running debate over grapes in Missouri and Arkansas has been put to rest by

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Wine Spectator donates $1 million to WSU wine program

August 22nd, 2017|0 Comments

The Wine Spectator Scholarship Foundation will donate $1 million to the Washington State University Viticulture & Enology program.

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New version of UC Produce Facts app released

August 15th, 2017|0 Comments

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The Postharvest Center at the University of California, Davis has released a new version of

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Washington wine commission sets research priorities

July 26th, 2017|0 Comments

The Washington State Wine Commission has approved a list of research priorities for the coming year.

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Study pushes limits of deficit irrigation

July 24th, 2017|0 Comments

Drastic reductions in irrigation delivered decent results in first year of study, but vines showed accumulated stress in year two.

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IFTA Summer Tour wraps up with focus on research, frost

July 18th, 2017|0 Comments

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The Michigan tree fruit industry is chock full of innovative growers rapidly diversifying, modernizing and

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FutureFarm Expo set for August 15-17

July 14th, 2017|0 Comments

The first public demonstration of a virtual reality operated vineyard robot will take place during the FutureFarm Expo on August 15-16 in Pendleton, Oregon.

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Lake Ontario Tour shows wide range of New York tree fruit farming

July 12th, 2017|0 Comments

The only consistency on the Lake Ontario Fruit Program tour this summer was the humidity. Otherwise, the five-farm tour organized by Cornell University Cooperative Extension covered a remarkably diverse swath of tree fruit farming in a narrow band along Lake Ontario’s shores: new high density apple plantings and apple orchards far older than this reporter, along with high density peaches, berries, and a brand new cidery.

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Scholarships offered for United Fresh Washington Conference

July 12th, 2017|0 Comments

The application period for the 2017 Frieda Rapoport Caplan Family Business Scholarship is now open.

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OSU researchers develop field test for crown gall

July 11th, 2017|0 Comments

A woman can find out if she’s pregnant without going to a doctor. Soon, farmers may be able to find out if their fruit trees or grape vines have crown gall disease without going to a laboratory.

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Hansen: Filling void in weed research at WSU

July 6th, 2017|1 Comment

New WSU faculty member puts emphasis on weed management in Washington vineyards.

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Mite threatening honeybees in New York

June 29th, 2017|0 Comments

A tiny mite is being blamed for major honeybee losses in New York, threatening the state’s $500 million agriculture industry.

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Cornell professor wants you to name his new grape

June 20th, 2017|0 Comments

At twice the size of a Concord, a new grape developed in New York is certainly a mouthful. So is its current name: NY98.0228.02.

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Northwest wine grape industry to streamline clean plant regulations

June 7th, 2017|0 Comments

Coming clean at the Clean Plant Center Northwest

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Rayapati: Risk of virus problems in field-grafted vineyards

June 6th, 2017|0 Comments

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The increasing demand for grapevines in the Pacific Northwest has many growers turning to field

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Same grapes, different names

June 1st, 2017|0 Comments

A long running debate over grapes in Missouri and Arkansas has been put to rest by researchers at Missouri State University.

  • Julia Kock at Klipsun Vineyard

Ripe fruit make the best wine, but why it does may surprise you

May 31st, 2017|1 Comment

Getting a handle on hang time

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Scholarships available for IFTA trip to New Zealand

May 11th, 2017|0 Comments

IFTA has reserved a limited number of spots on its 2018 New Zealand Study Tour and Annual Conference for recipients of Young Professional Scholarships.

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WSU offering free soil testing

May 11th, 2017|0 Comments

WSU Extension is offering free soil health testing to a limited number of growers in Eastern Washington.

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Food safety answers: What’s in your water? — Videos

May 10th, 2017|0 Comments

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Questions abound about implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act. To keep you abreast of

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New model forecasts grapevine bud break, bloom and veraison

May 7th, 2017|0 Comments

Data dynamics: Predicting phenology

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Climate change is complicated for grape growers

May 7th, 2017|0 Comments

Wine grape growers share thoughts on how climate changes will impact vineyards.

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Prepare new leaders for success

May 7th, 2017|0 Comments

For best results, coach new crew bosses the ways of management.

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Derric Kirschenmann, a young grower from Shafter, California

May 5th, 2017|0 Comments

Derric decided to work alongside his family over a decade ago to grow the business north of Bakersfield.

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Native flora can attract beneficial insects to the vineyards and orchards

April 25th, 2017|0 Comments

Between rows, think local

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Studies show no downside to trying cover crops in vineyards

April 25th, 2017|0 Comments

Beneath the vines

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Do you have enough active carbon in your soil?

April 17th, 2017|0 Comments

WSU extension specialist offers tips on how to track the health of your orchard.

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How’s the quality of your water?

April 3rd, 2017|0 Comments

Research helps to develop guidelines for dealing with salinity, sodicity in the vineyard.

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Fighting honeybee decline with instrumental insemination — Video

March 22nd, 2017|0 Comments

WSU researchers hope to breed better bees

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A new, old bee

March 21st, 2017|0 Comments

From high in the Tien Shan Mountains of Central Asia, Washington State University entomologists Steve Sheppard and Brandon Hopkins have brought home semen from a new strain of honeybees that evolved right alongside the wild apple tree.

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Following your vines, not your calendar, makes for more successful vineyards

March 20th, 2017|0 Comments

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The key to managing productive vineyards in Washington’s variable climate is to make management decisions