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Spraying for Disease and Insects in the Vineyard

Posted on: November 15th, 2019

The primary diseases that affect muscadines are Black Rot, Ripe Rot, and Powdery Mildew. The primary insects are Japanese Beatles, Aphids, and leafhoppers. When managing the vineyard we should think preventive versus reactive, it is easier to prevent diseases and insects versus reacting to disease pressure and insect pressure. Follow these guidelines to ensure healthy […]

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Opportunity In The Muscadine Industry

Posted on: November 15th, 2019

The following are where I see opportunities for growers to take advantage of the increasing demand for the muscadine grape. Most of the larger vineyard operations with acreage over 30 acres are focusing on the wholesale distribution of clamshell containers in national chains. The clamshell holds about a pound of fruit and allows growers to make more […]

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Muscadines are still a Southern staple

Posted on: August 7th, 2019

Many people who grew up in the South have memories of muscadines, whether they ate them off the vine in their backyard or remember their grandmother making jelly with the Southern fruit.  Full Article

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GA Muscadine Story: Memories of Muscadines

Posted on: July 31st, 2019

Many Southerners have a cherished childhood memory or two involving muscadines. But few can top the memories of the Isons. As the third generation of Ison’s Nursery & Vineyards, the four children of Bill and Leola Ison were put to work early. Back in the ’70s, in the late summer and early fall, when the […]

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Market Bulletin Article: Ison’s Offers Expert Advice Since 1964

Posted on: July 29th, 2019

Farming is an unpredictable business. If it’s not one thing, like the weather, it’s a whole host of other things: lagging markets, soaring fuel prices, limited labor availability and opportunistic pests and diseases. But then there are the good days. Oct. 8 was one of those days for Ison’s Nursery & Vineyards. The Ison family […]

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A Hard Lesson To Learn In The Vineyard

Posted on: June 21st, 2019

About 2 months ago I was on the phone with a muscadine grower in South Carolina. He had a very good crop the fall of 2018, but his vines had not put out this spring. The varieties he had planted are vigorous plants and rarely over-crop, so I was perplexed on why his vines failed […]

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Muscadine Vineyard Over-Production

Posted on: July 19th, 2018

Are your vines producing too much fruit, yes there is such a thing. On ideal bloom conditions or on some varieties of muscadines the vines can over crop or over produce themselves. In my opinion I believe the ideal fruit load is around 60 pounds per vine, if your vine has more fruit than this […]

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Vineyard Floor Management

Posted on: June 27th, 2018

The vineyard floor consists of the area that is on the ground directly under the main arm of the vine and has a width of about 24 inches. Muscadines have shallow roots that are typically 8-12 inches below ground level and run parallel to the top wire about 5 feet on either side of the […]

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Market Bulletin Article: Ison’s Offers Expert Advice Since 1964

Posted on: May 29th, 2018


Muscadine Variety Spotlight: African Queen

Posted on: May 17th, 2018

African Queen Muscadine If you have room for one more plant in your vineyard I would recommend planting the African Queen. It is one of our releases that works well for the home gardner. It is a female variety that ripens mid season, a vigorous grower, as well as a consistent producer. At the time […]

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