Recruiting Industry Research Collaborators for the OSU Statewide Crop Load Project – 2017

March 23, 2017|Grapevine, OWB Funded Research, Technical Research, Viticulture + Enology|

Dr. Patty Skinkis, viticulture extension specialist at Oregon State University, is recruiting new vineyard and winery partners in the project during 2017. If you produce Pinot noir or Chardonnay in Oregon and are interested in joining this multi-year collaborative project, read on: Yield management is an important quality control step in winegrape production. A significant body [...]

Research Update: Grape Powdery Mildew Management

March 15, 2017|Grapevine, OWB Blog, OWB Funded Research, Technical Research, Viticulture + Enology|

Grape Powdery Mildew Management—A Fungicide Timing and Selection Conundrum Walt Mahaffee, USDA, and Brent Warneke, Oregon State University, are researching how to improve the efficiency of grape production by optimizing fungicide selection and timing to manage powdery mildew of grape berries.  This research will determine the most effective fungicide application timing with relation to grape [...]

Research Update: Integrative studies of vector-related field epidemiology for grapevine red blotch-associated virus

February 16, 2017|OWB Blog, OWB Funded Research, Technical Research, Viticulture + Enology|

Grapevine virus diseases are of serious concern for vineyard managers and winemakers in all Western production regions. Grapevine red blotch-associated virus (GRBaV) impacts grape berry quality. Growers and scientists alike have noticed a consistently lower °Brix at harvest of infected vines, resulting in removal of symptomatic vines from vineyards. What's more concerning is that GRBaV [...]

Research Update: Statewide Crop Load Project Continues Long-Term Research to Understand the Complex Yield-Quality Relationship

January 19, 2017|OWB Blog, OWB Funded Research, Technical Research, Viticulture + Enology|

The Statewide Crop Load Project is a long term industry-collaborative study that scientifically evaluates the impact of yield on wine quality across Oregon vineyards. The project focuses on Pinot noir, as a recent study in Oregon indicated that it is more commonly crop thinned to specific yield goals in an attempt to reach a higher [...]