Cheers to Deadlines

Deadlines are a good thing. They create rhythm and flow to tasks and timelines, and establish a priority–often, urgency–to to-do’s. If ever there were a season for deadlines, it seems that, this year, September was the start of it. Here’s a sample of some deadlines we may share. Growers are responding to Mother Nature’s deadline, bringing […]

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Bringing in the Bounty

I was in the lush, green state of Missouri (a big departure from dry, brown California) earlier this month for the North American Grape Breeders Conference. A grassroots effort of the breeding community, the conference takes place every two years at a different host institution–Missouri State University did the honors this year. It was a […]

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Board, Not Bored

On July 19, in Geneva, NY, NGRA held our Mid-Year Board Meeting following the fantastic annual conference the American Society of Enology and Viticulture-Eastern Section and Nelson J. Shaulis Symposium on Digital Viticulture. Between the conference, symposium and meeting, it was a banner week for grape research! See a writeup of the symposium in Growing Produce, and read on for highlights […]

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NVEELC 2019: Networking & Professional Development with a Dash of Southern Hospitality

On April 7-10, NVEELC 2019 gathered 40 extension and outreach specialists from 16 states and 30 grape-growing regions in Fredericksburg, the heart of the Texas Hill Country. Hailing from New York to New Mexico and many states in between and beyond, attendees represented a terrific mix of viticulture and enology professionals—some who are newer to […]

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Efficient Vineyard: Making Sense of Sensors

By Dr. Terry Bates, Cornell AgriTech, School of Integrative Plant Science, Cornell University The end goal for the SCRI Efficient Vineyard (EV) project is to achieve “spatial-data-driven variable-rate vineyard crop-load management.” It is a mouthful of a statement! Basically, it means that we gather spatial data from sensors, translate it into information, calibrate it against […]

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2018: A very good vintage

The National Grape Research Alliance did and achieved a lot in the last 12 months. As the year winds down, we thought we’d share a snapshot of how, with the support of our members nationwide, NGRA helped to advance research to support and improve the U.S. grape and wine industry in 2018, and into 2019 […]

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November, But Still No Farm Bill

Congress adjourned for the November 6, 2018, mid-term elections without passing a Farm Bill. While it is widely anticipated that they will return after the elections for a lame duck session, it is uncertain whether they will be able to resolve their differences and reauthorize a Farm Bill. Of note are the 39 orphaned programs […]

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