New Research: Vegetable Oil Delays Vine Bud Break

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12 Responses

  1. Geoff Frey says:

    How do we get more information on using vegetable oil for delay bud break?

    Thanks,
    Geoff Frey

    • Chris Lattak says:

      I agree, how about one more paragraph about application method, rates, and more specifics about the vegetable oil. I’m sure that they were shared at the conference.

      • Mark Ganchiff says:

        Thanks for your suggestion. Look for a follow up story with more details on vegetable oil frost protection early next year.

  2. Alan Green says:

    Is it just me or is MWP becoming the USAToday of wine journalism? This is a perfect example of a subject that is deserving of more in-depth treatment by virtue of the implications for cool/cold climate viticulture and industry economics. It’s not like we’re worried about the costs of typesetting, ink, column inches, and press runs here. Mark, can’t we get to the next level?

    I, for one, would welcome longer and more informative articles
    Thanks.

    • Mark Ganchiff says:

      Thanks for your comment and for your readership. As Midwest Wine Press continues to grow, we will continue to expand our coverage of issues related to cold climate grape growing. During 2013, we plan to add a magazine format that will allow for longer stories. Frost and freeze proctection articles will continue to be a focus.

    • Mark Ganchiff says:

      It’s great to read these comments – even your one Alan! But – without trying to sound like an NPR fundraising drive – we do need more support. At the moment, much of the content on Midwest Wine Press is the result of a labor of love. Ink and space may not be an issue, but researching and writing readable, relevant wine journalism still requires time and effort. So if everyone who enjoys MWP can spread the word to friends and wine industry colleagues that would help us a lot. Then we can get more readership/subscribers, hopefully advertisers too and ensure we can keep the in depth articles rolling out more often… Keep the comments coming!
      all the best
      Danny
      Managing Editor
      Midwest Wine Press

  3. Bob Raatz says:

    Is this study going to be published as a research paper in the American Journal of Enology and Viticulture or available some other way? I’m not only curious as to how the research was conducted, but how they made the jump to conclude that the vegetable oil application improved fruit quality.

    • Mark Ganchiff says:

      Hi Bob,
      Thanks for your comment. I’ll ask Max to respond to your questions in his next article – if I find out sooner about any publication of his research paper I’ll let you know here. As a result of the interest in the vegetable oil research Max has agreed to write a more in-depth piece for us which we’ll aim to publish by mid-January. My understanding of the reference to improving fruit quality is that the fruit is better, not per se, but compared to the fruit produced by frost effected vines that did not get an application of vegetable oil. I’m sure Max will clarify that…
      all the best
      Danny
      Midwest Wine Press

    • Mark Ganchiff says:

      Thanks Bradley!…as mentioned in the news item above, this research (see the above link from Bradley) is where Seth and Max McFarland got their start. They met with Dr. Dami, reviewed that research and then expanded to their own cultivars, airblast vs backpack delivery, volume per acre, single vs multiple application etc.

      Stay tuned for more from Max on this research over the next week or so.

      kind regards
      Danny

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