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RBA & Packers Make Progress Toward Record CA Raisin Price

Raisin Bargaining Association Board Members and packers are making progress towards finalizing the high price ever in California raisin history for the 2018 California raisin crop. Watch this brief interview with RBA CEO Kalem Barserian as he shares the progress being made, as well as the recent rainstorm impact on the crop. Read more about it in American Vineyard Magazine, …

New Technology to Irrigate More Precisely at Pine Ridge Vineyards

Irrigating grapevines just got much easier for Gustavo Avina at Pine Ridge Vineyards in Napa Valley.  Utilizing new weather stations and tracking vine evapotranspiration rates has helped to simplify his job as vineyard manager and cover more ground.  Watch this brief video with Gustavo as he shares his experience, and read more about it in the coming issue of American …

Complying with Heat Illness Prevention Regulations on the Farm

Temperatures are finally cooling down a bit, but it’s important to remember that as temperatures rise above 80 degrees Fahrenheit (day or night), there are laws and regulations growers and farm labor contractors must abide by as farm employees labor out in the vineyard.  This was shared by Jack Passarella from The Zenith at a recent Sun-Maid grower grower meeting …

Almond Board on International Trade War Impact

The California almond industry relies heavily on exports, and with a crop that continues to grow in volume every year, expanding those markets in the future will be critical. On the contrary, with the lack of resolution to the current international trade disputations, and now almond harvest well underway, the industry is naturally very concerned about how these issues will …

RBA Makes Record Price Offer on 2018 CA Raisin Crop

Raisin Bargaining Association Board Members gathered Monday evening (September 10th), and came up with a record high price offer for the 2018 California raisin crop.  Watch this brief interview with RBA CEO Kalem Barserian as he shares the price and how they came to that number. Read more about it in American Vineyard Magazine. Enjoy our Ag video news?  Be …

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 …

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 & …

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