Muscadine Grape: Key to Sustainable Florida Viticulture

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By Manjul Dutt and Ali Sarkhosh Native to Florida and the southeastern United States, the muscadine grape (Vitis rotundifolia) is a lesser known relative of the European grape (descended from Vitis vinifera) that is popular worldwide for fruit consumption and wine production. A related species (Vitis munsoniana/Vitis rotundifolia var. munsoniana) is commonly present in the central and southern parts of …

Georgia Wine and Grape Commission to Hold First Meeting on April 16

Clint Thompson Georgia, Grapes

The newly formed Georgia Agriculture Commodity Commission for Wine and Grapes will hold its first meeting on Friday, April 16 at 10:30 a.m. at the Atlanta Farmers Market in Forest Park, Georgia. The meeting will be in the Administration Building of the Georgia State Farmers Market (enter from the market side). The address for the meeting is 16 Forest Parkway, …

Grape Diseases: Mildews a Concern for Producers

Clint Thompson Disease, Georgia, Grapes, Top Posts

No matter what environmental conditions grape producers face this season, they are likely to encounter either downy mildew or powdery mildew. “Powdery mildew actually does better in a drier environment. That’s why it’s a major problem in places like California. But when we have dry conditions, it can be worse for us. Even in wet conditions, we have it,” said …

Appointments Made to Georgia Wine and Grape Commission

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Five Georgia wine producers have been appointed to serve on the Georgia Wine and Grape Commission. North Georgia Region – Eric Seifarth, Towns County; Central Georgia Region – Simone Bergese, Barrow County; South Georgia Region – Gary Paulk, Irwin County; Appointed as at large members – Gary Engal, Gilmer County and Eric Miller, White County.  Engal and Bergese will serve …

Commodity Commission for Wine & Grapes Accepting Nominations for Board Member Positions

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ATLANTA, GA– Nominations are currently being accepted to fill five board positions of the newly created Georgia Agriculture Commodity Commission for Wine and Grapes. Persons nominated must be active producers of wine and reside in the State of Georgia. The deadline for submissions is Friday, Nov. 27, 2020. Those interested may submit a nominee information form found at agr.georgia.gov/cpf, to Andy Harrison at andy.harrison@agr.georgia.gov or by …

HELM Agro US Launches New Gamma™ Herbicide for Grapes

Clint Thompson Grapes, Top Posts

Tampa, FL – HELM Agro US, Inc., a global manufacturer of high-quality crop protection and fertilizer products announced that Gamma™ herbicide has received federal registration from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Gamma is a non-selective PPO-inhibitor herbicide with a novel active ingredient called Tergeo™ for directed postemergence applications in grapes. In product development trials and regulatory studies, Gamma has demonstrated …

Powdery Mildew Resistance Survey

Clint Thompson Georgia, Grapes, Top Posts

According to the UGA Extension Viticulture Blog, University of Georgia researchers are asking grape producers if powdery mildew has been spotted in their vineyards. UGA would love to sample it, and it could mean that the fungicide program is breaking down due to resistance development in the powdery mildew fungus. UGA graduate student Brooke Warres is working on QoI and …

Challenging Grape Season Nearing End for Georgia Producers

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A challenging season for Georgia grape producers is nearing an end as harvest is in full swing across the state. Grapes have been harvested for a month now with others maturing and ripening up. Phil Brannen, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Fruit Disease Specialist, said the excess rainfall has not impacted the quantity of the crop but the quality remains …