Viticulture News

  • Dehumidiflcation doesn`t have to make you sweat

    While some have learned to accept as facte of life the limitations and energy intensity of heating and ventilating as a means of managing humidity, an increasing number of growers are realizing the opportunities from the new wave of dehumidification control technologies. We spoke with KurtParbst of Agam's North American distributor, Envirotech Cultivation Solutions, about the energy-saving, VLHC ...

  • EuroTier 2016: Lallemand Animal Nutrition presents innovations YANG and MELOFEED

    As this year’s EuroTier trade show saw record-breaking attendance, the Lallemand Animal Nutrition team was pleased to present its range of proven yeast and bacteria based solutions to an international audience. “Our visitors expressed particularly strong interest in our latest innovations YANG and MELOFEED, but also in the well-established and proven solutions such as the probiotic ...


    By Lallemand Inc.

  • John Deere 5G Series Tractors Receive Prestigious AE50 Award for 2016

    The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) awarded the John Deere 5G Series Tractors with an AE50 Award for 2016. The AE50 award highlights the year's most innovative designs in product engineering, as chosen by a panel of international engineering experts. Introduced to the specialty crop markets in December 2015, the narrow and highly maneuverable John Deere ...


    By John Deere

  • EIMA International 2016 – Double award for SPEZIA-TECNOVICT

    The “Schiumone” (Big Foam) is a patented solution for weed control wich won the New Techniques Award and the Blue Award at EIMA in Bologna. It is an ecological thermal weed-killing machine for vineyards and tree crops in general, able to produce hot foam and distribute it a targeted way under the rows of the trees. When the temperature of the vegetable ...


    By Spezia srl

  • New team at SPAA to build on precision agriculture drive

    We are thrilled to announce two new appointments with Ms Amanda Woods as the association’s new PA Development Officer and Ms Joanne Pech as its new Event Co-ordinator.   SPAA Executive officer Dr Nicole Dimos said, “These exciting positions established by SPAA are the result of having to meet the demands of the industry. We are seeing tremendous growth in PA nationally, and ...

  • Ecological thermal weed-killing system with hot foam

    The “Schiumone”  (Big Foam)  is an  ecological thermal weed-killing machine for vineyards and tree crops in general, able to produce hot foam and distribute it a targeted way under the rows of the trees. When the temperature of the vegetable fiber exceeds 60° occurs the collapse of the proteins and within a few days the drying of the same. Since the foam has an ...


    By Spezia srl

  • When Natural Solution Meet Growers’ Needs in South Africa!

    “We believe in supplying working, economical, comprehensive solutions to our customers. We believe that biological pest control solutions are better and more sustainable than chemical solutions.” Rami Friedman – BioBee Integrated Crop Solutions (Pty), Ltd. South Africa BioBee South Africa was established in order to assist South African farmers in growing quality fruits, ...

  • UF/IFAS scientists find top 10 muscadine grape varieties for health, taste, smell

    You may eventually tempt your palette with more muscadine grape varieties, and they’ll be good for you, with new findings from University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researchers. Muscadine grapes are known for their health benefits and other nutritive values – even for potential preventive measures against cancer and cardiovascular diseases. The fruits are ...

  • Dealing with difficult powdery mildew infections on ornamental crops

    We are now at the peak of the powdery mildew season and, with increasing temperatures and dry weather conditions, susceptible crops are likely to be at high risk of infection. The pathogen There are five different powdery mildew species which attack ornamental crops in the UK. Erysiphe ssp. – this pathogen is mainly ...


    By Certis UK

  • UF/IFAS study: Sweet potato crop shows promise as feed and fuel

    As some Florida growers try to find new crops and the demand for biofuel stock increases globally, University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researchers have found that sweet potato vines, usually thrown out during harvest, can serve well as livestock feed while the roots are an ideal source for biofuel. This could be a key finding for the agriculture industry in Florida ...

  • Ontario Winemakers Embrace Importance of Sustainable Water Practices

    An overwhelming majority of wineries in Ontario recognize the value of water and how sustainable water management practices can improve winery operational performance, reduce costs and support growth, a recent survey of Ontario wineries found. The 2016 survey, conducted by the BLOOM Centre for ...


    By BLOOM

  • State of progress of the IOC project to increase the economic yield of the genetic olive resources through the creation of pilot demonstration nurseries

    In the framework of its programme of activities for the first semester of 2016, at a project mid-term evaluation meeting with the Common Fund for Commodities (CFC), the project implementing agency (Tunisian Olive Tree Institute) and the collaborating centres (the National Institute of Agricultural Research of Morocco (INRA), the Technical Institute for Fruit Tree and Vine Growing of Algeria ...

  • AgBiome Awarded Grant from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

    AgBiome, LLC, a leader in the development of microbial solutions for agriculture, has been awarded a multi-year grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to discover biological insect control for deployment to smallholder farmers in African nations. The project, entitledRSM Systems Biology for Sweetpotato: Engineering the African Root/Soil/Microbiome for Enhanced Crop Productivity, ...


    By AgBiome, Inc.

  • AgBiome Launches New Business Unit Focused on Delivering Innovations to Agriculture and Turf and Ornamental Markets

    AgBiome, LLC, today announced it has established AgBiome Innovations™, which will commercialize technology identified by the company through its unique Genesis™ discovery and development platform. The division is led by a highly experienced team of agricultural and turf and ornamental industry leaders and is gearing up to launch its first product, a broad-spectrum biological ...


    By AgBiome, Inc.

  • How to Keep Specialty Crops Safe from Herbicide Drift

    Ohio’s corn and soybean growers could soon be spraying a lot more of two powerful herbicides on their fields. That’s why agricultural experts from The Ohio State University are offering tips on how to keep those herbicides from getting onto other crops, especially valuable specialty crops such as grapes. Doug ...


    By Ohio State University

  • Droughts may shrink wine cork industry

    Climate change is threatening cork production in the forests of Spain and Portugal, making it more difficult to produce traditional wine bottle stoppers and putting an ancient and valuable industry at risk. A recent study by Portuguese researchers shows that cork − the thick bark of an oak tree species found mostly in the Iberian Peninsula − grows at a much slower rate during intense, ...


    By Climate News Network

  • How policies could help winegrowers adapt to climate change

    Grapes are sensitive to small changes in temperature, rain and sunlight, meaning climate change will have implications for wine producers worldwide. This study assessed local vulnerabilities and adaptation strategies in two wineproducing areas in France. The findings may help growers to develop suitable methods of adapting to long-term climate change. Changes to climate are already having visible ...


    By European Commission

  • Symposium Tackles Golden Horseshoe’s Ag Identity

    The Town of Lincoln and Niagara College hosted an agricultural symposium last week, inviting 90 people in the agricultural sector from across the Golden Horseshoe to talk about growing the food and farming cluster in the region. In the photo, answering questions from the audience are presenters, from left: VRIC CEO Jim Brandle, GHFFA executive director Janet Horner, Food and Beverage Ontario ...

  • Beef exchange in Italy: the market has to adapt to consumers’ expectations

    Italy is famous for friendly fermented food (wine, cheese, pizzas…), as well as beef fattening concentrated in the Northern regions. Early March, close to 200 experts from major European beef producing countries gathered in Parchi del Garda, near Verona, to take part in Lallemand Beef Exchange. This was a great opportunity to discover specific and efficient beef fattening ...


    By Lallemand Inc.

  • Soil Moisture Terminology

    By the end of this short article you will hopefully understand the following statement. “For good crop growth, maintaining water above stress point will maximise vegetative growth. Setting a refill point above stress point will ensure there is always readily available water for the crop. Replacing irrigation with no more water than a soil’s field capacity will minimise drainage, ...


    By Wildeye

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