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Cheers! Scientists have developed gene-edited barley that could better your beer

2021-11-12T09:07:02-05:00Wine and Craft Beverage News Articles|

Germination in the non-mutated barley was almost complete, while the gene-edited barley did not germinate at all. This shows that the gene-edited barley had been dormant for longer (images taken seven days after imbibition). Photo courtesy of Hiroshi Hisano, Okayama University

After a spell of unexpected rain, before the harvest season, (more…)

Building relationships takes more than beer – it takes you

2021-05-03T15:13:47-05:00Wine and Craft Beverage News Articles|

by Courtney Llewellyn

During his first visit to the Finger Lakes region, Andrew Coplon of Secret Hopper and Craft Beer Professionals had several things stand out in his memory: splendiferous sunsets, savory sandwiches and memorable wine labels. Those notable things are still with him, and he wants to help those with tasting rooms create similar lifelong memories for their customers. (more…)

The people want to know

2021-04-22T12:33:41-05:00Wine and Craft Beverage News Articles|

The demand for sustainable products and the value of third-party certification is growing

by Courtney Llewellyn

“The conversation has to start with acknowledgment that consumer interest in this has only gotten more intense in the 20 years since ‘Fast Food Nation,’” said Matthew Buck, director of Food Alliance, an organization that certifies agricultural operations, food processors and distributors to promote sustainability in agriculture and the food industry. He presented on the demand for sustainable products and their certification during this year’s CiderCon. (more…)

Michigan grape growers, gain knowledge

2021-04-07T15:24:17-05:00Wine and Craft Beverage News Articles|

The Erinium mite trial, which took place at two vineyard sites on Old Mission Peninsula in 2020, had both sites treated at bud swell. Photo courtesy of Isaacs Lab/MSU

by Courtney Llewellyn

Grapes can be finicky. As a crop, they require somewhat specific conditions to grow to the best of their ability, and even then, all of their growers’ efforts can be sidelined (more…)

All things (just keep getting better) in precision management

2021-03-25T12:54:31-05:00Wine and Craft Beverage News Articles|

by Courtney Llewellyn

Do you want to save inputs while seeing better yields? Variable rate fertilization – among other practices for precision management – may be the answer. They’ve seen proof of this in vineyards and they discussed it at the 2021 Unified Wine & Grape Symposium.

Mesa Vineyard Management in California is both organic and biodynamic, according to Bob Thomas, vineyard manager at Castoro. They analyzed soil samples and found they needed additional compost on their weaker soils. (more…)

Growing local grains for local brews

2021-03-22T11:06:48-05:00Wine and Craft Beverage News Articles|

by Courtney Llewellyn

At the recent MI Ag Ideas to Grow With virtual experience, one sprouting idea was about growing barley and rye for the brewing and distilling industries. Craft breweries and distilleries are still popular for those involved in the local foods movement – Michigan is ranked fifth nationally for the number of breweries, microbreweries and brewpubs in-state – and they need locally-sourced supplies to meet demand. (more…)

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