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Specialty Tractors for the Vineyard

Specialty Tractors for the Vineyard

By Jessica Spengler As mechanization of vineyards becomes the norm throughout the world, equipment manufacturers have seen an opportunity to specialize. Tractors, in particular, are being designed to fit down the narrow rows of vineyards and orchards, as well as with higher horsepower, better versatility and ease-of-use. Now is the ...
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Navigating the Minefield of Wine Advertising and Promotion

Navigating the Minefield of Wine Advertising and Promotion

By Brian D. Kaider, Esq. One of the take-home messages from the State of the Industry address at this year’s Unified Wine and Grape Symposium was that per capita alcohol consumption is flat. This means that the various sectors of the alcohol industry can only increase sales by re-dividing the ...
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Grapevine Leafroll & Red Blotch Viruses Management Discussion at the Unified Symposium

Grapevine Leafroll & Red Blotch Viruses Management Discussion at the Unified Symposium

By Judit Monis, Ph.D. Last January I attended the virus management session organized by the Unified Symposium in Sacramento, CA. Maher Al Rwahnih, James Stamp, Rick Hamman, and Eric Pooler were invited speakers. While it is common sense that it is important to plant healthy vines to avoid the perpetration ...
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What is a Winemaker? (Part 2)

What is a Winemaker? (Part 2)

By Thomas J. Payette, Winemaking Consultant (Part 1 Ran in the January-February 2019 Issue) Cellar Logistics Coordinator As winemakers work through the year they are always looking three, four, even eight months ahead. The cellar picture continues to change as each new harvest “deposit” will lend toward how and what ...
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Trunk Diseases Confirmed in the Midwest, and Everywhere Grapes are Grown!!!

Trunk Diseases Confirmed in the Midwest, and Everywhere Grapes are Grown!!!

I am writing again about Grapevine Trunk Diseases (GTD) in the Midwest, following the article with Mike White (ISU extension viticulturist) published in this magazine in September-October 2018. In that article we raised the question as to whether the commonly seen “winter kill” symptoms of dead cordons and spurs, and ...
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Are You Protecting What You’ve Worked so Hard to Build?

Are You Protecting What You’ve Worked so Hard to Build?

Picture it – clearing the fields, row mapping, proper drainage, all those plantings – and – your first yield. You have come so far to get to where you are today! Countless hours, lots of hard work and now you really have something – your pride and joy. But now ...
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