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Crush It Arkansas! Wine Quality Workshop

October 26, 2021 Join us for The Crush It Arkansas! Wine Quality Workshop Virtual on October 26, 2021 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. (CST). The workshop will overview keys to producing quality wine for amateur and commercial winemakers. The workshop will be held as a Zoom meeting and led by…
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Is ‘MidSouth’ a suitable grape for wine?

'MidSouth' clusters before harvest at the MAFES McNeil Research Unit

Haley Williams and Dr. Eric Stafne, Mississippi State University Decades of development followed the grape research that was initiated by the United States Department of Agriculture in Meridian, Mississippi in 1937. Eventually this research led to the release of a new grape cultivar from Mississippi State University in 1981. That…
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Mealybugs in the vineyard: Current management and recent research

Pragya Chalise and Douglas G. Pfeiffer, Dept. Entomology, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA While working on your grapevines or small fruit crops, you may come across small, white slow-moving insects. These are mealybugs, named for the white powdery secretions covering their bodies. They occur in perennial crops including grapevines and deciduous…
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Japanese beetle – direct or indirect pest?

Douglas G. Pfeiffer, Dept. Entomology, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg VA 24060, We are now into the Japanese beetle (JB) season – This is an annual threat for us, though the severity varies quite a bit from year to year.  Some invasive pests have been with us that we no longer…
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Some Vineyard Tasks to Prepare for Winter

Eric T. Stafne, Extension and Research Professor, Mississippi State University Fall is coming soon, and winter is just around the corner. With the cold temperatures coming, it is important that grapevines are prepared. Irrigation should be stopped in September to allow plants to acclimate to the lower light conditions and…
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Provide Feedback to The Southern Fruitcast Podcast

Southern Fruitcast

Dr. Aaron Cato, IPM Specialist, University of Arkansas The Southern Fruitcast is hosted by Aaron Cato and Amanda McWhirt, extension IPM and production specialists for fruits and vegetables at the University of Arkansas. This podcast aims to cover the people, technology and latest developments in small fruit production in the…
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Assessment of Pierce’s Disease Resistant Predominantly European Grape in Alabama

Dr. Elina Coneva, Fruit Crops Extension Specialist and W. A. Jr. & C. Dozier Endowed Professor, Department of Horticulture, Auburn University Studies to establish the feasibility of growing Pierce’s Disease (PD) resistant, predominantly European grape hybrids are ongoing at Auburn University, Alabama since 2010 https://www.asevcatalyst.org/content/early/2020/07/06/catalyst.2020.19008. We have evaluated advanced selections with early-, mid-, and late season of ripening trained…
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Establishing the Arkansas Quality Wine (AQW) Program

Renee Threlfall, Research Scientist, University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture  The Arkansas Quality Wine program, or AQW, will set quality standards for Arkansas-made wine, provide professional development for growers and winemakers and entice consumers to taste Arkansas wines. The program will be established in the fall of 2020 as…
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The IR-4 Project: Quietly Making Pest Management Possible

Tim McCoy, Extension Associate with the Virginia Tech Pesticide Programs and Virginia State Liaison to the IR-4 Project More than 40% of your daily consumption comes from crops that are deemed by the USDA to be “minor” or “specialty” crops. These commodities are only minor in comparison to the major crop groups like corn, soybean, cotton,…
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