Grapes

Growers experiment with dried-on-the-vine raisins

When dried-on-the-vine (DOV) grapes were first introduced to California growers several years ago, it seemed like a win/win situation. Instead of cutting clusters of grapes and leaving them to dry on trays on the ground,... more »

China opens to U.S. pears

For the first time in history, U.S.-grown pears have officially gained access to the Chinese market, according to Pear Bureau Northwest.“We have been working on this for 20 years, and the official request from our... more »

Rely 280 herbicide in short supply

Bayer CropScience anticipates a shortage of the active ingredient (glufosinate) in Rely 280 herbicide in 2013. In the short term, demand for the active ingredient will continue to increase more rapidly than manufacturing capabilities can... more »

California lifts European grapevine moth quarantine in four counties

California state and federal agricultural officials are lifting the European grapevine moth (EGVM) quarantine in Santa Clara, Nevada, and Santa Cruz counties, and a portion of Sonoma county. This action is the result of progress... more »

New fruit fly spreading across country

A new fruit fly is showing up across the United States, and it may cause problems for growers, especially in small fruit. Similar in size, but not appearance, to Spotted Wing Drosophila (SWD), the African... more »

Jerry Frecon retires from New Jersey Extension duties

After 30 years of helping New Jersey fruit growers, Jerome Frecon has retired from Rutgers Cooperative Extension. His last day was Dec. 31. “You have county agents, and then you have superagents,” said Gary Mount,... more »

New Hampshire farmers’ market moving in the right direction

For the past 16 years, farmers in the small town of Keene, N.H., have been providing fruit and produce at The Farmers’ Market of Keene, as it puts on both a summer and winter market.... more »

Dormant pruning regulates North Carolina winegrapes

Adapted from the North Carolina Winegrape Grower’s Guide, a publication of North Carolina State University. Dormant pruning is the primary means of regulating the crop. If other factors do not limit productivity, vines pruned correctly... more »

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