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  • Threat of Nutrient Deficiencies Equal to Drought

    Posted in Growing Season, NVG News on Apr 26, 2016

    By Paul Franson

    Napa, Calif.—Grapegrowers devote a lot of attention to water (hardly surprising in view of recent shortages in California), but most probably don’t focus as much on vine nutrition. While aware that plants obviously need minerals, growers also know that grapevines are relatively undemanding compared to most crops, and it sometimes seems that soil contains an unlimited supply. Nevertheless, the auditorium at Copia in Napa was filled by growers and winemakers at the Napa Valley Grapegrowers’ third seminar in this year’s series about sustainable vineyard practices, which focused on vine physiology and nutrition.

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  • Vineyard field day teaches about good birds, bad birds

    Posted in Growing Season, NVG News on Apr 09, 2016

    By Maria Sestito

    When it comes to caring for healthy, productive vineyards, don’t underestimate the benefit of birds of prey. That’s what farmworkers, vineyard managers and viticulturists learned Friday during a field day offered through the Napa Valley Grapegrowers at Huichica Creek Sustainable Demonstration Vineyard. The field day, which focused on “vertebrates in the vineyard,” was the third and final day of a three-part series that included training sessions, classroom seminars and field trips.

    Click here to read more at the Napa Valley Register

  • Best Of The Best Compete In Pruning Contest

    Posted in Growing Season, NVG News, Napa Valley Farmworker Foundation on Feb 04, 2016

    By Maria Sestito

    YOUNTVILLE — “I already won because I’m here,” said Roberto Juarez (in Spanish) during the 15th annual Napa County Pruning Contest on Thursday at Beringer Vineyards’ Gamble Ranch. Out of the thousands of farmworkers in the Napa Valley, fewer than 100 were selected to participate in the pruning contest presented by the Napa Valley Farmworker Foundation and the Napa Valley Grapegrowers.

    Click here to read more in the Napa Valley Register

  • Wine Industry Gathers For Rootstock

    Posted in Industry News, NVG News on Nov 12, 2015

    By Maria Sestito

    Napa Valley grapegrowers and their workers turned out in force Thursday for a trade show at Napa Valley Expo that celebrated the nurturing of the prized wine grape. Rootstock featured vendors of all stripes that offered new technology, equipment options, advances in irrigation and frost protection and other industry services. Many wineries were represented as well, some of them leading blending sessions.

    Click here to read more at Napa Valley Register