Good Fruit Grower

December 2015

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64 DECEMBER 2015 Good Fruit Grower T he findings of brown marmorated stinkbug in two commercial wine grape vineyards in Washington State and in Oregon's Willamette Valley raise the question: Can the pest—with its foul odor—impact wine quality? Research to answer that question is ongoing. Definitive answers are needed because initial studies found mixed results for stinkbug taint in wine. Early studies done in 2010 by the University of Maryland found that adding up to 50 stinkbugs per lug of grapes resulted in perceptible taint in juice for about four months, but the perceptible taint in the juice did Stinkbug taint IN WINE Researchers studying BMSB in wine have found mixed results. by Melissa Hansen PHOTOS COURTESY OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY This sample of Pinot Noir grapes, spiked with brown marmorated stinkbug, was turned into wine to learn if the stinkbug's foul odor can impact wine quality. For any questions please visit our website at or call us at (317) 539-4067. The knip-boom process takes time, so orders must be placed 2 years in advance. J F M A M J J A S O N D J F M A M J J A S O N D

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