Despite potential for disease, Georgia’s grape industry is thriving

by Clint Thompson, University of Georgia

Georgia’s grape industry, once dormant, is now thriving, according to Phillip Brannen, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension fruit plant pathologist. Growing potential for prosperity in the wine industry will require that farmers stay vigilant about certain diseases, like Pierce’s disease, that could negatively impact production.

“Pierce’s disease is the major disease to limit European grapes in Georgia. It is caused by a bacterium that is transmitted by numerous sharpshooter insects, such as the glassy-winged sharpshooter. It clogs the grape xylem, cutting off nutrient and water flow,” Brannen said. Continue reading

Clean Plants for the Future of the Eastern Wine and Grape Industry: webinar series

Since 2008, National Clean Plant Network Centers have joined together to efficiently produce, maintain, and distribute healthy grapevine budwood to the industry.  These materials are starting to make their way to nurseries, and ultimately, to end-users.  This four-part webinar series will cover the process of producing and distributing virus-tested plant material, graft-transmissible diseases and their impact, New York State’s new testing and certification program, and New York nurseries’ investment in new motherblocks and propagation procedures. All are Thursdays at noon. Continue reading

Webinar on Grapevine Red Blotch disease: Friday, February 26

You are invited to participate in a webinar entitled:

Grapevine Red Blotch Disease: What You Need to Know

Friday, February 26, 2016


red blotch

Red blotch on a grape leaf

Grapevine red blotch disease and the virus associated with it has been confirmed in many major grape production regions of the United States and Canada. Since the identification of the virus in 2011, several teams of researchers from across North America have been intensely characterizing the disease and effects on grapevines, as well as characterizing the virus, its spread, and potential management. Considerable progress has been made, but much remains unknown. Speakers representing many of these labs will be presenting their work and what it means for the grape industry.


Agenda (note that times are Pacific) Continue reading

East Texas Fruit and Vegetable Conference set Feb. 16 in Nacogdoches

by Robert Burns, Texas A&M AgriLife

The East Texas Fruit and Vegetable Conference set Feb. 16 in Nacogdoches will cover topics of interest to conventional and organic growers, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service event organizers.

“This is a great opportunity to learn from the experts about the latest research results and network with industry sponsors like Wildroot Organics and Bayer CropScience on their latest products,” said Dr. Joe Masabni, AgriLife Extension vegetable specialist. Continue reading