Georgia Grape Growers Faced with Fungicide Resistance

Abbey Taylor Grapes, Top Posts, VSCNews magazine

The wine grape industry in Georgia is on the rise. While vineyards have been present in Georgia for the past four decades, the industry has been gaining significant traction in the last 10 to 15 years. Since the industry is relatively new, it is still fragile and some of the challenges, like downy mildew resistance, are unpredictable. Downy mildew is …

Spotted Wing Drosophila Spells Trouble for Grape Growers

Breanna Kendrick Grapes, Pests, Top Posts

By Breanna Kendrick Spotted wing drosophila (SWD) are small fruit flies that resemble the flies commonly seen indoors buzzing around rotting fruit. Adult male SWD have a little spot on each of their wings, making them easy to identify. Females are more difficult to identify. At the rear of the female SWD abdomen is an egg-laying structure called an ovipositor. …

Disease, Pest Research Increases for Georgia Grapes

Abbey Taylor Grapes, Research, Top Posts

By Jaci Schreckengost Research at the University of Georgia (UGA) is becoming more focused on wine grapes as the industry continues to grow in Georgia. White County Extension Coordinator and Natural Resources Agent Nathan Eason says UGA’s current entomologist is putting a lot of effort into research on wine grapes for growers. The elevation in Georgia varies depending on the …

Making Muscadine Grapes More Desirable

Abbey Taylor Grapes, Top Posts

By Jaci Schreckengost A Georgia specialty crop has seen increased interest and more research for varieties and management strategies. Cain Hickey, Extension viticulture specialist at the University of Georgia (UGA), said that some aspects of muscadine grapes are sparking grower interest. Since the muscadine grape has grown and evolved in the humid conditions of the southeastern United States, Hickey said …

FAMU Center Boosts Florida Viticulture Industry

Jaci Schreckengost Grapes, Top Posts

“When the grapes are out, we are out,” said Violeta Tsolova, professor and director of the Center for Viticulture and Small Fruit Research at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU). She was referring to the researchers and students at the center working to help grape growers be successful in the Southeast viticulture industry. NATIVE GRAPES Growers in the Southeast have …

Improving Grape Varieties for Southeastern Growers

Jaci Schreckengost Grapes, Top Posts

Auburn University research has created new opportunities for growers who want to begin or increase grape production. Elina Coneva, Extension specialist for the Auburn University department of horticulture, said new research has increased interest in grape production in the Southeast. Muscadine grapes are currently the most popular type of grapes grown in Alabama. This is due to the resistance the …

2017 Georgia Wine Grape Harvest Wrap-Up

Jaci Schreckengost Grapes, Top Posts

Wine grape growers and researchers in north Georgia gathered on Nov. 1 to discuss the 2017 season and harvest. Kaya Vineyard and Winery, in Dahlonega, Georgia, was the host of the roundtable discussion. The conversation included growers, researchers and other industry professionals talking about the harvest season and results. Clark MacAllister, University of Georgia’s Extension coordinator for Dawson County and …

Testing Trellis Systems for Georgia Grape Growers

Jaci Schreckengost Grapes, Top Posts

Georgia researchers are testing wine grapes to help growers learn what varieties and systems grow the highest quality fruit in their part of the state. Paula Burke, an Extension agent at the University of Georgia, said harvests began recently on a research plot that she works on in Carroll County, Georgia. The wine grape industry in northwest Georgia has started …