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White Wine Grape Varieties Impacted by Freeze in CA

Special Thanks to This Video’s Sponsor! The recent early Spring freeze hit various Ag commodities all over the state, and the extent of the damage so far is unknown. Fortunately, most vineyards were still dormant at the time; however, some early white wine grapes, such as Chardonnay, had begun budbreak when the freeze hit. Watch this interview with Temecula grower …

Successes & Concerns for the American Pistachio Industry

Special Thanks to This Video’s Sponsor Pistachio growers just enjoyed gathering for the annual American Pistachio Growers Conference last week. Watch this conference wrap-up interview with APG Executive Director Richard Matoian as he shares the current State of the Pistachio Industry, both the successes, and some concerns for the industry moving forward. Read more about it in the coming issue …

CA Blueberry & Apple Growers Impacted by Early Spring Freeze

Growers experienced unusually early warm temperatures this year throughout the state that was followed by a severe freeze that lasted long enough to do some damage to various crops in California. Although it will take some time to determine exactly how much damage the freeze caused, watch this brief interview with Alexander Ott from the California Blueberry & Apple Commissions …

Actual Impact of the North Coast Wildfires Revealed in Wine Study

Over the last several months, there has been a lot of news coverage on the wildfires that devastated many parts of the state; however, the actual impact of the wildfires on the North Coast Wine Industry has been exaggerated in some of these reports. That is why Sonoma State University’s Wine Business Institute conducted a study to get some statistical …

Sterile Insect Technology for Navel Orangeworm Control Field Trials Begin

Special Thanks to This Video’s Sponsor Navel Orangeworm (NOW) continues to be a growing pest for almond, pistachio & walnut growers all over California.  Last year was an especially difficult year, as there were growers that experienced significant crop loss who have historically not had issues with the pest before.  Bob Klein with the Pistachio Research Board recently reported on …

Statewide Citrus Grower Approaches for Controlling ACP & HLB

The deadly HLB spreading asian citrus psyllid (ACP) continues to make its way through citrus orchards all over California, and the industry is going to need to work together to slow the spread of this pest to buy researchers sufficient time to come up with a solution for HLB. Watch this brief interview with UC Entomologist Beth Grafton-Cardwell as she …

Immigration & Ag Labor Update from CAWG

It’s going to be another tough year for growers when it comes to finding sufficient labor to take care of the 2018 crop. Watch this brief interview with Michael Miiller from the California Association of Winegrape Growers who provided an update on the current legislative status of the labor and immigration situation.  Miiller helps growers understand the current dynamics taking …

CA Compliance Bucket Inventory Checklist for Growers

CA Compliance Bucket Inventory Checklist for Growers

With ongoing changes in California pesticide laws and regulations, growers should be prepared with the right tools and resources, especially if County Ag inspector pays you a surprise farm visit.  That is why Amanda Zito and Alya Wakeman-Hill from the Fresno County Department of Agriculture provided growers with a bucket inventory checklist regarding pesticide applications at a Sun-Maid Growers meeting …

Cultivating Students & Garbanzo Beans at Reedley College

Now is the time of year Central Valley growers are planting field crops like garbanzo beans.  Professor at Reedley college Tim Smith wanted to teach this first-hand to his plant science students at the community college. Students filed out of the classroom and into the on-campus farm to really learn how it is done, and participate in the process.  Students …

Tax Relief & Deductions for Wineries this Year

Q&A with a Winery Tax Expert What tax relief is available for wineries affected by fires in 2017? The IRS has announced that individuals and businesses affected by the fires in California now have until January 31, 2018 to file certain tax returns and make certain payments. There are currently seven counties eligible for relief: Butte, Lake, Mendocino, Napa, Nevada, …

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