In today’s Ag News Roundup, Oregon wine leads the nation in sales, gas prices slow forest and ag land development, apple experts to southwest Asia drop due to tariffs, drought affects wheat crops nationally, and understanding how darkness influences plant blooms.
Oregon Wine Leading the Nation in Sales
According to Wine Industry Advisor, Oregon wine continues to dominate the U.S. market in key areas. 53% of winemakers said that 2021 was one of the best years for business with a growth rate of 24%.
Gas Prices May Have Slowed Forest and Ag Land Development
From Oregon State University, a decline in forest and ag land development from 2000 to 2015 may have been caused by rising gas prices. In contrast, lower gas prices drove development from 1982 to 2000.
Apple Exports Dropped by 40% to SE Asia
Over the past three years, apple exports to SE Asia dropped 40%, reports Pacific Northwest Ag Network. Experts cite a 50% Chinese tariff as affecting export prices.
Wheat Crops Impacted by National Drought
From the Pacific Northwest Ag Network, a national drought has or will affect some spring wheat crops. A USDA meteorologist says the drought has spread into Montana and the Dakotas.
Understanding Short- and Long-Day Plants
Oregon State University Extension Service has shared information about plant flowering and photoperiodism, also known as the amount of light or darkness a plant gets. In the article, experts explain how critical uninterrupted darkness can be for the formation of flowers.