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  • Milbrandt Vineyards' Ancient Lakes and Wahluke Slope vineyards

20 years in the making

February 12th, 2018|1 Comment

Milbrandt brothers look back on two decades in Washington’s wine grape industry as they open the state’s largest custom wine bottling operation.

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Watch and learn

February 12th, 2018|0 Comments

Michigan State University’s new video series highlights grape and wine research.

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Washington Winegrowers honor longtime industry leaders

February 6th, 2018|0 Comments

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The Washington Winegrowers Association honored four longtime industry leaders on Tuesday during a lunch banquet

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On the hunt for nematodes

February 6th, 2018|0 Comments

Washington researchers launch big-picture project to figure out how best to protect vineyards against root parasites.

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Using palissage to slow vigorous vines

February 5th, 2018|2 Comments

Tucking or wrapping shoots to slow growth offers promising alternative to hedging for canopy control in Cornell trials.

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Five tips for tying grapevines

February 5th, 2018|0 Comments

Michigan State University viticulture extension educator has some tricks to make work easier in the vineyard.

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Scharlau: Progress, process and unity

February 5th, 2018|1 Comment

Washington Winegrowers has mission to be an industry voice for both growers and vinters.

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A flash of enhancement for red grapes

February 5th, 2018|0 Comments

Hopes are high that new technology can improve Michigan reds.

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Great grape growth in Michigan

February 5th, 2018|1 Comment

Economic study shows soaring winery industry.

  • Oliver May, a young grower from Alderdale, Washington

Oliver May, a young grower from Alderdale, Washington

February 2nd, 2018|0 Comments

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family background/ Oliver started farming at age 27 with his parents, Milo and Kay May,

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WAVEx event set for March 15

February 1st, 2018|0 Comments

WAVEx event set for March 15

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Hansen: Two sciences must grow together

January 30th, 2018|0 Comments

Grape growing research must not ignore the research involved in winemaking.

  • Jill McCluskey, an economist at Washington State University

Going green with reds and whites

January 17th, 2018|1 Comment

Will the investment in eco-certification for your vineyard pay off? It depends.

  • Julia Kock at Klipsun Vineyard

Plight of the Concords

January 17th, 2018|0 Comments

Juice grape prices inching up, but acreage decline continues.

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Washington wine people meet Jan.18-19 to discuss research

January 5th, 2018|1 Comment

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The Washington State Wine Commission will hold its annual Research Review on January 18 and

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Growing by the acres

December 27th, 2017|0 Comments

Results from Washington state questionnaire help paint picture of shifting fruit industry.

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Yes, your spray nozzles need to be replaced on a regular basis.

December 27th, 2017|0 Comments

Nozzle nagging

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Nation’s oldest commercial winery back in operation in Kentucky

December 27th, 2017|0 Comments

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Years of research and a good helping of serendipity led to the exact location of

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Longtime winemaker fulfills dream by opening his own boutique winery

November 22nd, 2017|2 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.

  • Visit to Wagner Vineyards in the Finger Lakes

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.

  • James Bukovinsky, a young grower

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|1 Comment

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|4 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

  • Scenes from crop estimation research at the Betts Farms concord vineyards in Westfield, New York

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.