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Grapes

Grapes

Grapes are classified under the genus Vitis, which comprises about 60 to 80 species of vining plants in the family Vitaceae. These plants are native to the north temperate zone, including varieties that may be eaten as table fruit, dried to produce raisins, or crushed to make grape juice or wine. Grapes are grown around the globe with the top producing countries being China, United States, Italy, Spain, France, Turkey, and Argentina. Grape farming and cultivation occurs in 13 states within the US, including Arkansas, California, Georgia, Michigan, Missouri, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, and Washington.

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Table Grapes

Table grapes may be grown in many parts of the US, as well as throughout the world. European varieties (Vitis vinifera) and many hybrids grow best when the soil pH is between 6.0 and 7.0, but Vitis labrusca (Variety native to North America) varieties can tolerate a pH of 5.5 or slightly lower. California vines account for 99% of all US commercially grown table grapes, and the table grape vineyards cover more than 80,000 acres.

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Pruning Wounds
Brix Development
Bud Break
Powdery Mildew
Coloring
Pruning Wounds

Pruning Wounds

Pruning plants is an important management technique to encourage lateral growth, mitigate pest and disease pressure, as well as improve overall fruiting quality. The act of pruning can also pose a risk for the entry of bacteria and other pathogens to enter, compromising plant health. Spur Shield® is not a fungicide but rather a proprietary nature-based sealant. It creates a barrier against many wood pathogens that enter cuts and wounds assisted by rainfall. The combination of cleansing and sealing properties is especially effective in areas where the pruning season is cold and wet.

Spur Shield®

Spur Shield® is a Pinolene® based resin barrier that may be sprayed on pruning cuts and bark surfaces to seal wounds and inhibit water and bacteria from entering surface cuts.

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Brix Development

Brix Development

Uniform fruit ripening, color development, and Brix accumulation can be affected by numerous factors such as photosynthesis, leaf age, nutrient deficiencies, and disease pressure. As plants begin to senesce, or age, closer to harvest, photosynthesis and metabolism may be reduced. This can lead to uneven ripening and poor sugar development. Sugar Express® applications provide key nutrients which help aid the normal photosynthetic processes which are the driver for Brix development. The accumulation of Brix earlier may improve ripening and color which is necessary for uniform quality. The addition of Calcium Chelate at this time can also assist in improving development and fruit firmness through the strengthening of cellular structure.

Sugar Express®

Sugar Express® 4-10-40 is a highly refined fertilizer with the appropriate ratio of phosphorus and potassium designed to be used close to harvest.

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Bud Break

Bud Break

Typically, systemic chemistries are utilized to expedite the process of bud break. By incorporating Exit® into this application mix, the proprietary humectant system and unique delivery system allow for an enhanced speed of uptake as well as overall uptake efficiency. Exit was designed to be able to penetrate plant tissue, which is especially critical in woody plant tissue, as is found in grapes.

Exit®

Exit® is an activator-adjuvant comprising a blend of premium-quality esterified seed oil with a proprietary surfactant and humectant system.

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Powdery Mildew

Powdery Mildew

Diseases such as powdery mildew can compromise the health of your crop and its productivity. Sulforix® is a contact pesticide capable of controlling various types of pests. Calcium polysulfide is a caustic solution that penetrates and controls various types of pests and disease, such as powdery mildew. The proprietary spreader penetrant technology in this product increases the speed and consistency of penetration, which can improve efficacy.

Sulforix®

Sulforix® is an EPA-registered fungicide, insecticide, and miticide with unique penetration properties.

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Coloring

Coloring

During periods of rapid growth, fruit development and ripening, plants require energy for proper physiological development and high levels of calcium for fruit quality. Physiological and environmental crop stress slows down plant metabolism and the movement of calcium within plant tissue. Consequently, plants suffer, and crop development is weakened, while fruit frequently lacks the necessary nutrients (including calcium) required for optimum harvest quality. Calexin® translocates through the phloem and xylem increasing calcium mobilization to fruit while supporting natural color development.

Calexin®

Calexin® is a translaminar calcium formulation which works to supplement with the plant's natural ripening and coloring stages.

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Wine Grapes

There are more than 8,000 grape varieties known, and more than 1,300 varieties are currently used to make wine around the world. Vineyards cover roughly 18 million acres (almost 7.5 million hectares) across the globe, with Spain, China, France, Italy, Turkey, and the US being the top grape growing countries. The type of soil wine grapes are grown in tends to contribute different flavor notes in wine. California is the fourth-largest wine producer in the world, behind France, Italy, and Spain.

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Pruning Wounds
Insecticide Applications
Fungicide Applications
Post Bloom Applications
Coloring
Pruning Wounds

Pruning Wounds

Pruning plants is an important management technique to encourage lateral growth, mitigate pest and disease pressure, as well as improve overall fruiting quality. The act of pruning can also pose a risk for the entry of bacteria and other pathogens to enter, compromising plant health. Spur Shield® is not a fungicide but rather a proprietary nature-based sealant. It creates a barrier against many wood pathogens that enter cuts and wounds assisted by rainfall. The combination of cleansing and sealing properties is especially effective in areas where the pruning season is cold and wet.

Spur Shield®

Spur Shield® is a Pinolene® based resin barrier that may be sprayed on pruning cuts and bark surfaces to seal wounds and inhibit water and bacteria from entering surface cuts.

Learn More
Insecticide Applications

Insecticide Applications

Insects and various other pests can arrive seemingly without warning and cause significant damage to crops, severely impacting overall yield. The methods for controlling these pests varies based upon the pest itself. The unique ability to increase the speed at which translocation occurs is what defines Exit®. With this unique ability, pesticides requiring rapid translocation or translaminar movement of active ingredients are the ideal tank mix partners.

Exit®

Exit® is an activator-adjuvant comprising a blend of premium-quality esterified seed oil with a proprietary surfactant and humectant system.

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Fungicide Applications

Fungicide Applications

Plant disease can be devastating to the overall health and productivity of a plant, especially during critical crop production periods. In order to best control certain plant diseases, some solutions require your fungicide to remain active and in contact with the leaf surface for an extended period of time. Nu-Film-P® is uniquely formulated to be combined with fungicides that require residual activity on the leaf or fruit surface. These include contact fungicides that have direct fungistatic activity on bacteria or spores.

Nu-Film-P®

Nu-Film-P® is a superior deposition, spreader, and sticker adjuvant with non-ionic properties based on proprietary Miller technology containing Pinolene®.

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Post Bloom Applications

Post Bloom Applications

At any given time, a plant is working to store nutrients in preparation for nutritionally taxing processes. In order for that plant to perform at as high of a level as possible, supplementation of key nutrients is important. Nutrient Express® 4-41-27 delivers a heavier phosphorus and potassium load to allow for more carbohydrate stores within the plant as well as assists in the development of ATP . Our proprietary Transcuticular Delivery System® enhances plant uptake of the nutrients through the tough woody exterior of grape vines and leaves.

Nutrient Express®

Nutrient Express® is a premium quality foliar fertilizer, unique in the market and exclusively offered by Miller.

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Coloring

Coloring

During periods of rapid growth, fruit development and ripening, plants require energy for proper physiological development and high levels of calcium for fruit quality. Physiological and environmental crop stress slows down plant metabolism and the movement of calcium within plant tissue. Consequently, plants suffer, and crop development is weakened, while fruit frequently lacks the necessary nutrients (including calcium) required for optimum harvest quality. Calexin® translocates through the phloem and xylem increasing calcium mobilization to fruit while supporting natural color development.

Calexin®

Calexin® is a translaminar calcium formulation which works to supplement with the plant's natural ripening and coloring stages.

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