Grapes

MSU researches drones to control vineyard pests

At the annual Viticulture Field Day in late July at Michigan State University’s (MSU) Southwest Michigan Research and Extension Center in Benton Harbor, winegrape growers assessed autonomous tools for tasks including pest management. “One of... more »

Fruit specialists tackle extreme weather issues

North American Extension specialists are offering their expertise in three webinars designed to help growers confront changing weather patterns that threaten fruit crops. The third season of the North American Virtual Orchard Meetups will focus... more »

WSU to plant vineyard mechanically, public invited

Washington State University is inviting the public to a demonstration on mechanized vineyard planting. The event is 10 a.m. to noon Pacific on June 2 at the WSU-Irrigated Agriculture Research and Extension Center in Prosser.... more »

CFFA’s LeMay to succeed Nave at California grape commission

Ian LeMay, president of the California Fresh Fruit Association, will become president and CEO of the California Table Grape Commission in the spring of 2025, succeeding longtime commission head Kathleen Nave. Nave joined the commission... more »

Grape biofungicide now available in U.S.

Sipcam Agro USA Inc. is now distributing a naturally derived biofungicide that helps growers target fungus in grapes in the U.S. Mevalone was designed to protect grape crops from fungal pathogens and formulated to provide long-lasting,... more »

IFG names three new varieties in its low-chill line

International Fruit Genetics LLC (IFG) has released the names of three new trademarked cherries in its Cheery Cherry line: Cheery Cupid, Cheery Nebula and Cheery Chap. IFG has almost 50 patented table grape varieties and... more »

Reinke eases into role as Michigan grape specialist

Michael Reinke has been working with grape growers in some capacity for 22 years, from invasive insect management in California table grapes to mating disruption and trapping of grape berry moth, to developing new products... more »

Webinar focuses on winter grapevine pruning

Join Cornell AgriTech, Virginia Tech and Penn State Extension for a webinar on winter pruning of grapes. The webinar, from 3-4:30 p.m. Jan 10, is free, but registration is required. The webinar, “Top 10 Dormant... more »

IFG showcases table grape breeding with field days

After a three-year hiatus due to pandemic travel restrictions, International Fruit Genetics LLC (IFG), the world’s largest table grape breeder, welcomed nearly 300 international licensees, marketers and retail representatives in July and August for the... more »

Egyptian courts side with Sun World on grape cases

Three separate Egyptian courts have issued injunctions against four Egyptian companies who have grown Sun World International’s Sugrathirteen variety grapes without a license to do so. The court also appointed experts to collect samples and... more »

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