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Turlock Irrigation District Pursues Settlement Agreement with State Water Board

As farmers well know, the actions of California Water Resources Control Board don’t often reflect the best interests of the farming community, and the recent Bay Delta Plan they are proposing is going to have a devastating impact if enacted.  Watch this brief interview with Michael Frantz from the Turlock Irrigation District as he shares what farmers can do about …

Purdue Professor Helps Longtime Grape Growers Embrace New Technology

California vineyard owners are carefully watching grapes mature on the vine this summer, just one in a list of responsibilities that determines their chances at a successful season. Years of experience working the land have been the main tool for these growers, but environmental restrictions and requirements are making the job increasingly complicated. David Ebert of Purdue University’s College of …

Drones Provide Eye-in-the-Sky to Help Fight Fires

Wildfires blackened nearly 8.8 million acres in the United States last year, highlighted in the news by California’s Camp Fire, the deadliest in that state’s history. One of the many things that make wildfires so difficult to contain is the effect a fire has on local winds, which can move the fire in unexpected directions with virtually no notice. But, …

The Difference Between Fungicide Resistance & Sprayer Coverage/Calibration Issues

The Difference Between Fungicide Resistance & Sprayer Coverage/Calibration Issues

Fungicide Resistance is a real issue in the grape industry in regards to powdery mildew control.  Growers need to take this seriously and be able to recognize signs of it in their vineyards; however, sometimes what may appear to be a resistance problem may actually be an issue of poor sprayer calibration/coverage.  Watch this brief video with Research Plant Pathologist …

Recent Study Shows All Around Benefits of Mechanized Vineyard Canopy Management

Recent Study Shows All Around Benefits of Mechanized Vineyard Canopy Management

With a shrinking and more costly labor force, grape growers are searching for new ways to mechanize their vineyard operations, and mechanized canopy management is a great opportunity for growers to look into.  Watch this brief interview with Luca Brillante from Fresno State’s Viticulture & Enology Department as he shares some very positive results of a recent study supporting greater …

2018 California Raisin Grape Mechanical Harvest Report

Mechanical Harvest Report

As the farm labor force in California continues to shrink and costs continue to climb, growers have been compelled to mechanize much of their farming tasks.  Harvesting is one of the most labor-intensive tasks for California raisin growers, and fortunately, mechanical harvesting is an option for them.  The technology has been around for quite some time now; however, some growers …

Images from Space could Help Farmers Grow Better Wheat Varieties

space images

A team of researchers at Washington State University is putting satellites and drones to work in the hunt for better wheat varieties to help feed a growing world more sustainably. WSU scientists launched a new project this spring, developing techniques that let satellites and flying drones identify and study wheat varieties from overhead. The research is funded by a $500,000 …

Video Series on Vegetable Production of the Future

Video series on Vegetable Production on the Future

A 26-episode weekly video series has debuted on YouTube to help train the next generation of vegetable crop workers and increase their use of effective stewardship practices in vegetable production. Projections for near-future retirements of people working in California’s agricultural production, marketing and post-harvest handling sectors indicate severe re-staffing needs in the coming years. Technological advances have reduced manual labor …

New Powdery Mildew Spore Trapping Technology for Grapes

New Powdery Mildew Spore Trapping Technology for Grapes

As powdery mildew begins to develop resistance to our traditional fungicides, it is more important than ever that growers apply just the right products at the right times, and a new mildew spore trapping technology is now available to help growers better diagnose what’s out in the field. Watch this brief interview with Dan Rodrigues from Vina Quest and the …

Ceres Imaging, Malcolm Media Announce June Launch of Continuing Education Audio Series

June Launch of Continuing Education

Ceres Imaging, an aerial imagery and analytics company that improves decision making by providing farmers a comprehensive view of their farm, next month will present the first two webcasts of the Advances in Imagery audio series. The company is providing this free program in collaboration with Malcolm Media, publisher of American Vineyard Magazine, Pacific Nut Producer Magazine and more. Advances in …

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