Prosser research center gets money for vineyard

PROSSER -- Washington State University viticulture researchers have received contributions from the wine and grape industry and the Washington State Department of Agriculture to fund a new eight-acre research vineyard.

The vines will be planted this spring near the Irrigated Agriculture Research and Extension Center in Prosser.

Once established, the vineyard will accommodate field trials with Washington's "big-four" varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay and Riesling.

Research projects will begin after the vines are at least 4 years old.

Plans include advanced deficit irrigation strategies, canopy and crop-load management, as well as projects testing mechanized or automated precision viticulture practices.

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