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Key Indicators that Wine Grapes are Ready for Harvest

So how do you know when your wine grapes are ready for harvest? Wineries are looking for more than just solid brix levels. There are other chemical indicators to consider. This was one of the topics of discussion at California State University Fresno’s biennial industry Grape Day. Watch this brief interview with Tim Holt from E&J Gallo Winery as he …

Smoke from Wildfires Slows CA Raisin Grape Maturity

Although most folks in the Central Valley of California have been safe from the ravaging wildfires around California, they have still suffered the affects that the ash and smoke have brought into the Valley.  It has caused airline flight delays due to obscured vision and increased allergies & asthma among the public; but what some raisin growers have been discovering …

Sonoma Winegrowers’ Karissa Kruse Honored as CAWG Leader of the Year

At the 2018 annual Summer Conference of the California Association of Winegrape growers (CAWG), Sonoma County Winegrowers President Karissa Kruse was honored as CAWG’s Leader of the Year for her outstanding efforts in leading the world’s first 100% sustainable wine region, community outreach amidst the 2017 North Coast Wildfires, and much more.  Watch this video presentation honoring Kruse and read …

Changes with State Water & Air Resources Board to Impact CA Dairies

The regulatory affairs of the State of the California are ever changing, and it’s important for dairy producers to be aware of them. That’s why organizations like Western United Dairymen exist, to not only support dairy producers in complying with the changes, but also to lobby on behalf of the industry to limit some of these negative changes impacted the …

Irrigation Tips to Mitigate Almond Hull Rot & Bark Damage

The posting of this video is a little belated as almond harvest has already begun, but if you’ve had hull rot issues this season, be sure to watch this brief video interview with Nut Crops Advisor Mae Culumber as she provides some tips to prevent hull rot and trunk damage through better irrigation practices, as explained at a mid-July Nut …

Three Tips on Managing Pocket Gophers

Pocket gophers can be very detrimental for growers, especially those with young orchards.  So how do you minimize populations of these pesky critters?  Watch this brief interview with Julie Finzel from the UC Cooperative Extension as she offers growers three quick tips for effective management.  Julie will also be addressing growers on wildlife issues at the upcoming Grape, Nut & …

Senate Bill Changes Soda to Milk or Water for Kids Meals in CA Restaurants

CA Senator Monning has spearheaded a bill currently pending the governor’s approval mandating that all restaurants in the state offer healthier beverages like water and milk as the default for kids meals, rather than soda. Designed to address increasing childhood obesity issues and improve children’s diets, California dairy producers are also excited about the potential this has to increase milk …

Introducing New American Pecan Council Executive Director Alex Ott

Attention pecan growers: Executive Director of the California Apple Commission, California Blueberry Commission & California Olive Committee, has taken up roots and moved to Texas to assume the new position of Executive Director of the American Pecan Council, effective July 1, 2018. Ott brings 14 years of experience working with federal and state marketing orders and various export programs to …

Dealing with Wild Pig Pests on the Farm

Farmers are used to dealing with insect pest and small furry rodents, but how about wild pigs? Now, this is a more common issue in some areas more than others; nonetheless, pigs can wreak a lot of havoc in vineyards, orchards and field crops, so exploring your management options is key.  Watch this brief interview with Julie Finzel from the …

UCCE Manure Nitrogen Study Update in Dairy Feed Crops

It takes time for the nitrogen found in dairy manure water to become available to feed crops out in the field, and as dairy producers don’t want to under or over fertilize their feed crops, the UC Cooperative Extension is conducting a research trial to find out more regarding how manure water interacts in the soil with plant root systems. …

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