Thermaculture technology hiked 2018 fruit set by 24 percent

Agrothermal customers participating in 2018 growing season fruit-set data collection saw a significant increase in fruit set across varietals. Thermaculture technology uses interval heat-treatments to raise the plant temperature to the levels needed for optimal... more »

Purdue offers expertise that fuels growth for Indiana wineries

Bruce Bordelon, professor of viticulture at Purdue University, is fretting about the weather. The state is getting way too much rain, which plays havoc with maturing grapes. Excess moisture can cause them to burst, and... more »

Two invasive species identified as new threats to Michigan

Spotted lanternfly, a leaf-hopper native to China and India, and Japanese chaff flower, a plant from East Asia, have been added to the state’s invasive species watch list due to the threats they pose to... more »

Sun World moves packing operations in-house

Bakersfield, California-base Sun World International has moved its packing operations in-house where it will pack a significant portion of their California grown product. In addition to Sun World’s facility location in Bakersfield, lines are installed... more »

Late season cultural and chemical options for diseases in grapes

The major grape growing regions of Michigan (i.e., the northwest and southwest portions of the Lower Peninsula) saw over 2 inches of rainfall in the last week. Grapes are nearing maturity with growers likely to... more »

Updated insecticide use for spotted lanternfly on peach, grape

Spotted lanternfly (SLF) is an invasive and important pest for grapes in Southeastern PA. Evaluation of insecticides for managing this insect in the 2018 growing season are ongoing, and we present the most up-to-date data... more »

Brown marmorated stink bugs increasing in grapes

Be on the lookout for brown marmorated stink bugs in vineyards, especially as annual crops begin to dry down before harvest. We are catching more brown marmorated stink bugs in traps and seeing more scouting vineyards. So... more »

WSU scientists clone grape virus to help stop devastating disease

A new discovery by scientists at Washington State University could help grape growers roll back a devastating virus that withers their vines and shrivels harvests. Named for how it curls the leaves of infected plants,... more »

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