A Dark Harvest

A Dark Harvest

Harvest is usually a bustling, positive time of year, when the fruits of growers’ labors are ripe and ready for the next phase of their journey, whether that’s drying for raisin production, packing and storing for fresh consumption, or pressing for juice or wine. But from coast to coast, this year’s harvest has had a […]

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Grant Helps Growers Better Manage Nutrients 

By Brandon Schrand WSU College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences Since the 1960s, American grape growers have followed a set of nutrient management guidelines that often entail more guesswork than precise strategies. An industry-driven project called “High-Resolution Vineyard Nutrient Management” seeks to change that. Led by Washington State University’s Dr. Markus Keller, it was one […]

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Sweet Seventeen

On this day, August 28 (and the next) in 2003, the National Grape Research Alliance was born. The organization didn’t have a name yet. It wasn’t even an organization yet. It was just a two-day meeting of 20 wine industry representatives and academics from UC Davis, concerned about what was then considered a crisis of […]

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The Truth Is Out There

This month, the NGRA Research Theme Committees began their brainstorming and prioritization process, each with the goal of coming up with one or two ideas that can be progressed into actual research projects. As we dig into the exercise, generating input on industry-needed research, one theme has become bracingly clear. As a community, collectively, we know very […]

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Rich Smith Distinguished Service Award Nominations Open

2021 Nominations Accepted through October 30, 2020 Richard (Rich) Smith, founder of Valley Farm Management, Paraiso Vineyards and Smith Family Wines in California’s Monterey wine region was first and foremost a family man, and also a successful grape grower and winery owner, and respected colleague. Through his significant and selfless contributions of time, energy and funds […]

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Counting Our Blessings, Missing Our Chocolate-Covered Raisins

As with many meetings and events in our current pandemic culture, the NGRA Mid-Year Board meeting on June 19 was held entirely via Zoom. We typically offer remote meeting access for Board Directors who can’t attend in person. This was the first time the whole meeting was conducted online. It was fine, but… Because of […]

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There’s a Little Curie in All of Us

If you know NGRA Board member Vicky Scharlau, who leads Washington Winegrowers, you know she “calls a spade a spade.” So, when she posts her “new favorite quote” on social media, you listen. What she shared was this: “Now is the time to understand more, so that we can fear less,” by Marie Curie. Certainly, […]

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Han Had Yoda. We Have Our Science Advisory Council

We all need someone we can go to for wise and insightful counsel, and straight talk on how to achieve our goals. Han Solo had Yoda. Rocky Balboa had Mickey. NGRA has our Science Advisory Council. The Council was formed in 2019 as a way to formalize our relationship with some of our longest-standing technical […]

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Appropriations Request for Grape Genetics Research

Spring 2020 Background The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS) is charged with advancing world-class grape genetics research in the U.S., through its units in Parlier, CA (grape breeding), Geneva, NY (grape genomics and gene expression). Geneva and Winters, CA, also are home to a collection of critical grape germplasm, that collectively serve […]

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Appropriations Request for Disease Detection with Dogs

Spring 2020 Background Dr. Tim Gottwald, Research Leader/Plant Epidemiologist, at the USDA-ARS U.S. Horticultural Research Laboratory in Ft. Pierce, FL, has been studying the use of canine “technology” for disease detection in citrus since 2017. The exceedingly high levels of success Dr. Gottwald and his USDA team have shown with dogs in the early detection […]

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