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  • A Grapegrower's New Year

    Posted in Growing Season on Dec 31, 2015

    By Bill Hanna

    “Hallelujah” is a word often heard in songs of the Christmas season. It also conveys our feeling at the end of a growing season when the last of the fruit has been delivered. That event, however, is not the end of the work season. Since then, you probably noticed straw being spread for erosion control and vineyards being removed for replanting.

    Click here to read more in the Napa Valley Register

  • Outbreak Of Pierce's Disease

    Posted in Growing Season, Industry News on Dec 03, 2015

    By Paul Franson

    North Coast, Calif.—Grapegrowers in Napa and Sonoma counties experienced an explosion of Pierce’s disease (PD) this year, and it’s attributed to the native blue-green sharpshooter, not the threatening glassy-winged sharpshooter that so far has been excluded from the counties by rigid quarantines.

    Click here to read more at Wines & Vines

  • El Niño Could Be A Boon Or A Blow To California Vineyards

    Posted in Growing Season, Industry News on Nov 27, 2015

    By Geoffrey Mohan

    Jason Haas' plan for El Niño involves oats, sweet peas, vetch, clover, sheep, alpacas, a llama and a couple of donkeys. It's not for everyone, the organic viticulturist admits. But it works for his family's Paso Robles vineyard, where dormant vines have laid bare acre after acre of precious topsoil on steep hillsides.

    Click here to read more at the Los Angeles Times

  • How Genetics Are Changing Grapevines

    Posted in Growing Season, Industry News on Nov 19, 2015

    By Paul Franson

    Sometimes it seems as if a new pest or disease threatens California grapevines every week, but many tools are available to fight them. Three experts discussed some of the most promising approaches for fighting vineyard pests at the Napa Valley Grapegrowers’ Rootstock conference held Nov. 12, 2015.

    Click here to read more at Wines & Vines