Grapes http://westernfarmpress.com/taxonomy/term/6091/more en California table grapes grossed record value in 2014 http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/california-table-grapes-grossed-record-value-2014 <div class="node-body article-body">California table grapes grossed record value in 2014</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/california-table-grapes-grossed-record-value-2014" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/california-table-grapes-grossed-record-value-2014#comments Grapes Mon, 30 Mar 2015 21:26:00 +0000 157271 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>California table grapes were valued at more than $1.7 billion in 2014. This was a new record for the industry.</p> Stretching water supplies, new labor regulations in the grape industry http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/stretching-water-supplies-new-labor-regulations-grape-industry <div class="field-byline"> Dennis Pollock, Contributing Writer </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014 requires employers to provide one hour of paid sick time for every 30 hours worked. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/stretching-water-supplies-new-labor-regulations-grape-industry" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/stretching-water-supplies-new-labor-regulations-grape-industry#comments Grapes Drought Regulations Sat, 28 Mar 2015 00:02:00 +0000 157241 at http://westernfarmpress.com Carson Smith, left, San Joaquin Valley Winegrowers Association chairman, visits with Ron Brase of California Ag Quest Consulting during a recent 'tailgate meeting.' Ready or not, Sonoma County growers gear up for unusually early start to the season http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/ready-or-not-sonoma-county-growers-gear-unusually-early-start-season <div class="field-byline"> Greg Northcutt </div> <div class="node-body article-body">If Sonoma County wine grape vineyards didn’t jump the starting gun this season, they wasted no time breaking out of the gate. That’s put pressure on growers to wrap up pruning much sooner than usual to stay ahead of breaking buds in Cabernet Sauvignon and other later varieties. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/ready-or-not-sonoma-county-growers-gear-unusually-early-start-season" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/ready-or-not-sonoma-county-growers-gear-unusually-early-start-season#comments Grapes Thu, 26 Mar 2015 13:13:00 +0000 157161 at http://westernfarmpress.com Early-season warning signs of potential trouble in the vineyard http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/early-season-warning-signs-potential-trouble-vineyard <div class="field-byline"> Greg Northcutt </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Among signs of possible problems in your vineyard during the period of rapid shoot growth following bud break is flagging or wilting of the shoots, themselves, or the tips. It could indicate the presence of the branch and twig borer, Botrytis, or powdery mildew.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/early-season-warning-signs-potential-trouble-vineyard" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/early-season-warning-signs-potential-trouble-vineyard#comments Grapes Thu, 26 Mar 2015 13:07:00 +0000 157151 at http://westernfarmpress.com Central Coast grower gets an early start to a season that offers some fresh challenges http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/central-coast-grower-gets-early-start-season-offers-some-fresh-challenges <div class="field-byline"> Greg Northcutt </div> <div class="node-body article-body">In the second week of March, new Pinot Noir shoots were beginning to come out on the hilltops of Peter Work’s 25 acres of wine grapes in the Santa Rita Hills at the western end of the Santa Ynez Valley in northern Santa Barbara County.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/central-coast-grower-gets-early-start-season-offers-some-fresh-challenges" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/central-coast-grower-gets-early-start-season-offers-some-fresh-challenges#comments Grapes Thu, 26 Mar 2015 12:38:00 +0000 157131 at http://westernfarmpress.com University of California hires four viticulture advisors http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/university-california-hires-four-viticulture-advisors <div class="field-deck"> Positions cover vast San Joaquin Valley grape growing region </div> <div class="node-body article-body">University of California hires four new viticulture advisors to serve in San Joaquin Valley</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/university-california-hires-four-viticulture-advisors" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/university-california-hires-four-viticulture-advisors#comments Grapes Grapes Wed, 18 Mar 2015 23:48:00 +0000 156981 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>Three of the new viticulture farm advisors in California&rsquo;s San Joaquin Valley are, from left: George Zhuang, Fresno County; Allison Ferry-Abee, Tulare and Kings counties; and, Ashraf El Kereamy, Kern County.</p> Partly sunny: Short-term forecast for California wine industry http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/partly-sunny-short-term-forecast-california-wine-industry <div class="node-body article-body">California's wine grape industry is healthy overall but faces many challenges.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/partly-sunny-short-term-forecast-california-wine-industry" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/partly-sunny-short-term-forecast-california-wine-industry#comments Grapes Grapes Wed, 18 Mar 2015 00:13:00 +0000 156881 at http://westernfarmpress.com Keynote speakers at this year’s Unified Wine & Grape Symposium include from left: Mike Veseth, University of Puget Sound; Jeff Bitter, Allied Grape Growers; and Jon Fredrikson - Gomberg, Fredrikson and Associates. At right is John Aguirre, California Association of Winegrape Growers. Assessing mealybug threats with early-season vine checks http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/assessing-mealybug-threats-early-season-vine-checks <div class="field-byline"> Greg Northcutt </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Now is a good time to check vines for the presence of mealybugs, which are becoming more and more of a threat to California vineyards. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/assessing-mealybug-threats-early-season-vine-checks" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/assessing-mealybug-threats-early-season-vine-checks#comments Grapes Wed, 11 Mar 2015 14:38:00 +0000 156741 at http://westernfarmpress.com Continuing drop in raisin grape acreage points to a more stable, attractive market ahead http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/continuing-drop-raisin-grape-acreage-points-more-stable-attractive-market-ahead <div class="field-byline"> Greg Northcutt </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Wine grapes aren’t the only vines being uprooted from Central Valley vineyards in response to changing markets. The landscape within about a 100-mile radius of Fresno, the home of California’s raisin industry, is also taking on a different look.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/continuing-drop-raisin-grape-acreage-points-more-stable-attractive-market-ahead" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/continuing-drop-raisin-grape-acreage-points-more-stable-attractive-market-ahead#comments Grapes Wed, 11 Mar 2015 14:35:00 +0000 156731 at http://westernfarmpress.com Central Valley growers confront the challenges of a changing market for their wine grapes http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/central-valley-growers-confront-challenges-changing-market-their-wine-grapes <div class="field-byline"> Greg Northcutt </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Wine grape growers in California’s Central Valley looking for a rebound in prices for their crop any time soon are likely to be disappointed. Blame ample supplies and dwindling demand for the types of wine made from their grapes, says Jeff Bitter, vice president of operations for the nearly 600 grower-members of Allied Grape Growers wine grape marketing cooperative.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/central-valley-growers-confront-challenges-changing-market-their-wine-grapes" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/central-valley-growers-confront-challenges-changing-market-their-wine-grapes#comments Grapes Wed, 11 Mar 2015 14:11:00 +0000 156711 at http://westernfarmpress.com