Monterey County Grape Growers Adapt to New Market

Monterey County grape growers are profiting, if not prospering, from a trend toward less expensive wines.Demand for California wines has risen slightly despite the recession or because of it. Consumers are favoring bottles in the... more »

Rebellion in Idaho: Research Station, Slated for Closure, Incites Grower Resistance

At first, it seemed to be the “usual” kind of story. A land grant university, facing the need to cut its operating budget, reluctantly decides to close one of its experiment stations. The University of... more »

Open House on Aug. 20

The Northwest Michigan Horticultural Research Station (NWMHRS) Open House will be held Thursday, Aug. 20. The equipment show and grounds open at 1 p.m. Educational sessions will begin at 3 p.m., and will conclude with... more »

Growers Look at Bumper Fruit Crops To Sell This Year

Across the board, there will be big fruit crops for growers and packers to sell this year. Lots of apples. Lots of sweet cherries. Many more tart cherries. More wine grapes. More juice grapes. More... more »

Northwest Pear Crop Estimated 10 Percent Above Last Year

As pear tree branches grow heavy with fruit, the Pear Bureau's initial estimates suggest that the 2009 Northwest pear crop will be the fourth largest on record, with approximately 19.1 million boxes. That would make... more »

Growers Look at Bumper Fruit Crops to Sell this Year

No one used the word “bumper” during the 54th annual Fruit Crop Guesstimate June 17 in Grand Rapids, Mich. But if bumper means bigger than usual but not necessarily a record, bumper is the word... more »

Cool Grapes: New Wines Flow from New Minnesota Grapes

The number of wineries is growing in Minnesota, as seems to be true all over. Today, about 30 Minnesota wineries with 700 acres of wine grapes are trying to make names for themselves. In 1975,... more »

Grape Growers Grabbing onto Sustainability

“Sustainable” is a soft, fuzzy buzzword, but grape growers are grabbing onto it, and it’s spreading like a virus in grape-growing areas. First it was California, then Washington, Oregon and New York, and now Michigan.... more »

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