Grapes http://westernfarmpress.com/taxonomy/term/6091/more en Tips for dealing with Black Foot Disease in California’s coastal areas http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/tips-dealing-black-foot-disease-california-s-coastal-areas <div class="field-byline"> Greg Northcutt </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Over the past few years, a fungal disease that affects mostly young grape vines up to eight years old has been taking a costly toll in some of California’s coastal areas. Diseased plants must be removed, requiring significant replanting expenses. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/tips-dealing-black-foot-disease-california-s-coastal-areas" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/tips-dealing-black-foot-disease-california-s-coastal-areas#comments Grapes Grapes Mon, 01 Jun 2015 13:42:00 +0000 158961 at http://westernfarmpress.com Santa Barbara County grower uses combination of techniques to cut water use in half http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/santa-barbara-county-grower-uses-combination-techniques-cut-water-use-half <div class="field-byline"> Greg Northcutt </div> <div class="node-body article-body">As the month of May drew to a close, the last of the vines in Brook Williams’ Duvarita Vineyard near Lompoc, Calif, had just finished blooming and the berries were continuing to swell. Most were at the BB stage but, on some clusters, they were nearing the size of peas.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/santa-barbara-county-grower-uses-combination-techniques-cut-water-use-half" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/santa-barbara-county-grower-uses-combination-techniques-cut-water-use-half#comments Grapes Grapes Mon, 01 Jun 2015 13:34:00 +0000 158951 at http://westernfarmpress.com Cooling temperatures slow crop development and lengthen bloom for Napa Valley grower http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/cooling-temperatures-slow-crop-development-and-lengthen-bloom-napa-valley-grower <div class="field-byline"> Greg Northcutt </div> <div class="node-body article-body">After an early, fast-paced start, development of Napa Valley’s wine grape crop had slowed to a more typical pattern in the last part of May, thanks to cooling weather earlier in the month, reports Domenick Bianco. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/cooling-temperatures-slow-crop-development-and-lengthen-bloom-napa-valley-grower" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/cooling-temperatures-slow-crop-development-and-lengthen-bloom-napa-valley-grower#comments Grapes Grapes Mon, 01 Jun 2015 13:23:00 +0000 158931 at http://westernfarmpress.com Following an unusual start Santa Cruz vines settle in for a more normal pace of development http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/following-unusual-start-santa-cruz-vines-settle-more-normal-pace-development <div class="field-byline"> Greg Northcutt </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The 2015 season has started out as another exciting one for viticulture consultant Prudy Foxx, a PCA who works with growers in the Santa Cruz Mountains AVA.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/following-unusual-start-santa-cruz-vines-settle-more-normal-pace-development" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/following-unusual-start-santa-cruz-vines-settle-more-normal-pace-development#comments Grapes Mon, 25 May 2015 13:54:00 +0000 158551 at http://westernfarmpress.com Grape’s three-legged stool - water, Pierce’s disease, U.S. dollar http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/grape-s-three-legged-stool-water-pierce-s-disease-us-dollar <div class="field-byline"> Dennis Pollock, Contributing Writer </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>The need for partnerships to meet water needs as California moves into the fourth year of a drought, the June 10 deadline for voting to sustain support for the fight against Pierce&rsquo;s disease, and the strengthening of the U.S. dollar and its impact on wine exports and imports were among topics discussed at a workshop in Parlier, Calif.</p> <p>The program was presented by the San Joaquin Valley Winegrowers Association and the California Association of Winegrape Growers.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/grape-s-three-legged-stool-water-pierce-s-disease-us-dollar" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/grape-s-three-legged-stool-water-pierce-s-disease-us-dollar#comments Grapes Drought Wed, 20 May 2015 20:58:00 +0000 158741 at http://westernfarmpress.com Sarge Green, left, of the California Water Institute at Fresno State University, chats with Jeff Bitter of Allied Grape Growers during a grape 'tailgate' workshop. Limited hail damage reported in California grapes http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/limited-hail-damage-reported-california-grapes <div class="node-body gallery-body">Isolated hail storms damage some California grape vines</div> <div class="field-interstitial-ads-frequency"> <span>Interstitial Ads Frequency:&nbsp;</span> -1 </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/limited-hail-damage-reported-california-grapes" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/limited-hail-damage-reported-california-grapes#comments Grapes Hail Tue, 19 May 2015 16:55:00 +0000 158671 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>Hail-damaged grape leaves from a May 7 storm in Central California. Hail was reported from Lodi to Madera in the San Joaquin Valley. <em>Photo by Lindsay Jordan, University of California.</em></p> Botrytis bunch rot calls for a combination of control measures http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/botrytis-bunch-rot-calls-combination-control-measures <div class="field-byline"> Greg Northcutt </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Botrytis bunch rot can appear early in the season as shoot blight following frequent spring rains. Flowers can become infected with the pathogen, Botrytis cinerea, during bloom. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/botrytis-bunch-rot-calls-combination-control-measures" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/botrytis-bunch-rot-calls-combination-control-measures#comments Grapes Fri, 15 May 2015 14:46:00 +0000 158581 at http://westernfarmpress.com Following bloom, water for irrigation remains a big concern for raisin grape growers http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/following-bloom-water-irrigation-remains-big-concern-raisin-grape-growers <div class="field-byline"> Greg Northcutt </div> <div class="node-body article-body">By the first week of May, most of the Thompson seedless raisin vineyards in the Fresno, Calif., area were in full bloom, says Jerry Rebensdorf, president of the Fresno Cooperative Raisin Growers, Inc. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/following-bloom-water-irrigation-remains-big-concern-raisin-grape-growers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/following-bloom-water-irrigation-remains-big-concern-raisin-grape-growers#comments Grapes Fri, 15 May 2015 14:02:00 +0000 158571 at http://westernfarmpress.com June 10 is new PD/GWSS referendum voting deadline http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/june-10-new-pdgwss-referendum-voting-deadline <div class="node-body article-body"><p>The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) has extended the voting deadline for the Pierce&rsquo;s Disease-Glassy Winged Sharpshooter (PD/GWSS) referendum to June 10.</p> <p>The extension is designed to help ensure the minimum eligible grower voting rate of 40 percent required by law is reached.&nbsp;</p> <p>CDFA will send duplicate ballots to those growers whose votes had not been returned as of May 11. They are asked to vote and return the new ballots by the new deadline.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/june-10-new-pdgwss-referendum-voting-deadline" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/june-10-new-pdgwss-referendum-voting-deadline#comments Grapes Conditions and Diseases Foliar insects Fri, 08 May 2015 23:13:00 +0000 158411 at http://westernfarmpress.com California inches closer to EGVM eradication http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/california-inches-closer-egvm-eradication <div class="field-byline"> USDA APHIS and Quarantine Office </div> <div class="field-deck"> Fewer quarantines a result of efforts to eliminate dangerous pest </div> <div class="node-body article-body">California closes in on full eradication of European Grape Vine Moth</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/california-inches-closer-egvm-eradication" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/california-inches-closer-egvm-eradication#comments Grapes Grapes Fri, 08 May 2015 19:06:00 +0000 158391 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>Close up damage of EGVM in a grape cluster. The image shows the head of the larvae emerging.</p> Napa County Agriculture Commissioner