Grapes en Raisin growers are likely to harvest a smaller crop this year <div class="field-byline"> Greg Northcutt </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Following last year’s bountiful harvest, California’s raisin growers were expecting production to slip this year but they didn’t think it would be nearly as much as their tray counts indicated.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Grapes Wed, 21 Sep 2016 13:47:00 +0000 170041 at Results from first part of harvest earn thumbs up from Clarksburg grower <div class="field-byline"> Greg Northcutt </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Clarksburg appellation wine grape grower Tim Waits wrapped up the harvest of his Pinot Noir and production averaged close to 9 tons per acre – exceeding his long-term average.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Grapes Wed, 21 Sep 2016 12:59:00 +0000 170031 at Credit: PatrikStedrak/Thinkstock Amid prospects of a bigger than expected crop, the market for California wine grapes remains stable <div class="field-byline"> Greg Northcutt </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Despite indications of this year’s slightly larger than average crop, overall, the market for California’s wine grape crop appeared to be stable as the harvest continued into mid-September.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Grapes Wed, 21 Sep 2016 12:55:00 +0000 170011 at Credit: BlueMaxphoto/Thinkstock Kern County crop values fell 9 percent in 2015 <div class="field-deck"> Almond acreage climbs as overall grape acreage remains flat </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Topping the county’s list of most valuable crops, grapes and almonds remained No. 1 and No. 2 with gross receipts near or above $1.5 billion each. Citrus rounds out the top three at over $927 million in gross value. As the county’s top commodity, total grape acreage remained unchanged from the previous year at 106,200. Internal changes in the grape industry saw acreage gains in wine varieties and a decrease in raisin acreage. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Grapes Tree Nuts Crops Tue, 13 Sep 2016 15:40:00 +0000 169761 at <p>Grapes hold on to the top spot in Kern County in 2015, though almond values close the gap as the second-leading commodity in the region.</p> Average or better yields and high quality fruit highlight first phase of Napa Valley harvest <div class="field-byline"> Greg Northcutt </div> <div class="node-body article-body">By the first of September, Napa Valley wine grape growers had picked much of their 2016 Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc crop and were just beginning to harvest their Merlot and other earlier red varieties, says Garrett Buckland.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Grapes Wed, 07 Sep 2016 12:18:00 +0000 169661 at Photo Credit: PatrikStedrak/Thinkstock Pinot Noir crop looks promising for Santa Rita Hills grower <div class="field-byline"> Greg Northcutt </div> <div class="node-body article-body">After bringing in some mid-August picked Pinot Noir for his new sparkling wine program and some Chardonnay grapes, harvested in late August, from other Central Coast vineyards, Santa Barbara County grower Peter Work began harvesting his estate-grown Pinot Noir shortly after Labor Day. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Grapes Wed, 07 Sep 2016 12:13:00 +0000 169651 at Photo Credit: BlueMaxphoto/Thinkstock San Joaquin Valley wine maker sees the makings of a good red wine crop hanging on the vines <div class="field-byline"> Greg Northcutt </div> <div class="node-body article-body">When it comes to harvesting wine grapes, Stanislaus County vintner John Monnich likes the fruit to hang on the vines as long as needed to achieve the best flavors and smoothest tannins for his wines.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Grapes Wed, 07 Sep 2016 12:01:00 +0000 169641 at Photo Credit: KarenWibbs/Thinkstock Tulare crop value falls nearly 14 percent to $6.98B <div class="field-deck"> Almonds and walnut acreages declined in the county in 2015 </div> <div class="node-body article-body">After hitting an all-time high of over $8 billion in 2014, the annual crop value in the county in 2015 fell more than $1.1 billion to $6.98 billion. Most counties don’t have crop values as high as the losses realized by Tulare County. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Legislative Grapes Orchard Crops Tree Nuts Crops Tue, 30 Aug 2016 19:04:00 +0000 169491 at <p>Almond and walnut acreage declined in Tulare County in 2015, according to the annual crop report released by the county Department of Agriculture.</p> UC research targets adding value to SJV wine grapes <div class="field-deck"> Farm advisor Lindsay Jordan studying 50-plus varieties </div> <div class="node-body article-body">In an effort to perhaps put more value into the Valley’s grape industry, University of California researchers are studying over 50 different wine grape varieties to see which ones can produce the tonnage and quality necessary to profitably make quality wines. The studies couldn’t come at a better time as the San Joaquin Valley grape industry has been challenged in recent years by lower returns, leading some to replace their vineyards with tree nuts because of their profitability. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Grapes Grapes Mon, 29 Aug 2016 19:00:00 +0000 169451 at <p>University of California Cooperative Extension Farm Advisor Lindsay Jordan studies various warm-climate wine grape varieties at a trial near Fresno. The goal is to find varieties that produce well in the San Joaquin Valley heat.</p> Farm advisor studies wine grapes in warm climate <div class="node-body gallery-body">Cooperative Extension viticulture specialist searches for wine grapes that grow and produce well under San Joaquin Valley's hot summers.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Grapes Grapes Fri, 26 Aug 2016 15:32:00 +0000 169411 at <p>Les Travioli&nbsp;asks Viticulture Farm Advisor Lindsay Jordan about different wine grape varieties that might grow well in heavy, river bottom soil where he farms.</p>