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Bountiful Fruit World Crop of Organic Thomcord Grapes to Harvest Soon

Fruit World, a family-owned, flavor-focused grower-shipper of organic and conventional fruit and the largest California grower of organic Thomcord grapes, has announced it expects to begin shipping this popular variety by the end of July, with strong, promotable volumes available from mid-August through early-October. Thomcord seedless grapes are a hybrid of Concord and Thompson Seedless grapes, with the rich, full …

Vineyard Floor Management in Drought Years – Do Dust Mulches Help?

During drought years, especially when irrigation water supplies are limited, conserving available soil water for vine water use is important. This paper focuses on management of vineyard middles to increase water availability to vines. For an excellent discussion of all aspects of vineyard management to conserve water resources see “Reducing vineyard water use: mechanisms, strategies, and limitations” by San Luis …

Managing Vineyard Pests & Diseases in a Dry Year

A dry winter and spring impacts more than just water availability for the season. Watch this brief interview with UCCE Viticulture Advisor Gabriel Torres as he shares expected vineyard pest and disease pressures in a dry year.  Read more about vineyard pest and disease management in American Vineyard Magazine.   Please thank this video’s sponsor Vmech for their industry support.

Drought Impact on Early Season Stage of SJV Wine Grapes

Choosing when to irrigate this season with a very limited resource amidst the current drought can be quite a challenge, and the adverse effects of insufficient irrigation are already becoming manifest in the 2021 San Joaquin Valley wine grape crop.  Watch this brief interview with UCCE Viticulture Advisor Karl Lund and read more about it in American Vineyard Magazine. Please thank …

California Raisin Outlook: Prices, Production & the RBA

Watch this brief interview with Dwayne Cardoza from the Raisin Bargaining Association as he shared some key insights on the current state of the California raisin industry at their recent annual meeting.  Read more about it in American Vineyard Magazine. Please thank this video’s sponsor Vmech for their industry support.

California Raisin Marketing Board Gets Shut Down

Just last month, a vote passed to shut down the California Raisin Marketing Board. But what of generic California raisin marketing and the iconic dancing raisins? Watch this brief interview with Dwayne Cardoza from the Raisin Bargaining Association and read more about it in American Vineyard Magazine. Please thank this video’s sponsor Vmech for their industry support.

California Farmland Trust to Host Inaugural Race to Slow the Pace at Bokisch Vineyards

California Farmland Trust (CFT) will be hosting the inaugural Race to Slow the Pace run at Bokisch Vineyards on Sunday, Sept. 19, 2021. This live (virtual optional) 5K fundraiser aims to connect people with nature, the environment and the family farms that feed them. The run will foster a connection to the land and the importance of slowing the pace …

Suzanne Groth of Groth Vineyards & Winery Elected Wine Institute Chair

Suzanne Groth, President and CEO of Groth Vineyards & Winery, headquartered in Oakville, CA, was elected Wine Institute Board Chairman for the 2021-2022 fiscal year at the organization’s 87th Annual Meeting of Members. Other officers elected were Rick Tigner of Jackson Family Wines in Santa Rosa, First Vice Chairman; Randall Lange of LangeTwins Family Vineyards and Winery in Acampo, Second …

CAWG Urges Repeal Of Cal/OSHA Emergency Temporary Standards

The Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board (board) on June 9 held an emergency meeting to take testimony from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), Cal/OSHA and stakeholders regarding the Cal/OSHA COVID-19 emergency temporary standards (ETS). During this extraordinary meeting, CAWG Director of Government Relations Michael Miiller strongly urged the immediate repeal of the ETS. “I assure you – …

CAWG Foundation Awards $34,000 in Student Scholarships

The California Association of Winegrape Growers (CAWG) Foundation has awarded $34,000 in college scholarships to seven students. The scholarships are awarded annually to students whose parent or legal guardian is employed by a California winegrape grower.  “The CAWG Foundation is honored to award these scholarships and show our support for vineyard employees who are valued members of our winegrape industry …

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