Napa Valley Grapegrowers address biological controls and organic products

Originally published by Paul Franson of Wines & Vines

Rutherford, Calif. — The fourth Organic Winegrowing Conference sponsored by the Napa Valley Grapegrowers was held at Frog’s Leap Winery on Wednesday and Thursday. As in the past, it sold out as growers and winemakers gathered to hear the latest news and learn more about organic grapegrowing.

After last year’s emphasis on marketing issues, this year’s conference refocused on technical issues. Talks about pest management were among the more riveting, as experts shared their knowledge at a panel examining today’s biggest concerns — notably mites, mealybugs and leafhoppers — and included a discussion of biopesticides. Other speakers concentrated mostly on biological controls.

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