It will soon be time for local vineyards to get busy with the 2015 growing season and Nick Schweizer, Market Manager, BASF takes a look at some of the issues that affected grape growers this past year.
SCHWEIZER: As we look ahead to 2015 it’s important to look back to 2014. I think 14 was a challenging year in many ways for grape growers out there. There was a variety of issues very similar to that pome and stone market. They had some severe weather, they had some increased disease pressure, a bit more than probably normal and ultimately those things impacted yield and profitability at the end of the year.
Powdery mildew, botrytis and phomopsis are just a few. Schweizer says there is something you need to be thinking about for the next growing season.
SCHWEIZER: As you look ahead to 2015 the most critical piece is really around planting and absolutely Pristine should be really one of those key pillars in the plan for 2015 to protect those yields. The number one benefit of Pristine is it’s been in the marketplace for about 10 years and you talk to any grape grower out there, they’re probably aware of Pristine and the performance that it’s had.
Pristine is not just for grapes.
SCHWEIZER: Berries, carrots, cucurbits, onions, bulb vegetables, pome & stone, strawberries, it’s really across the board and it really, again, provides that same performance across all of those crops.
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That’s today’s Fruit Grower Report. I’m Greg Martin on the Ag Information Network of the West.