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NDSU unveils cold-resistant grapes for North Dakota farmers
North Dakota Ag Connection - 09/22/2023

Winemaking, an age-old tradition, is getting a fresh twist in North Dakota. The North Dakota State University (NDSU) has crafted two unique grape varieties—Radiant and North Dakota Primus—designed specifically for the state's colder climate.

Local Urban Winery owner highlights the community's enthusiasm for winemaking, with patrons producing 20-30 batches monthly, especially during harvest seasons. While cold-resistant grape varieties aren't entirely new, as mentioned by Jeff Peterson of Pointe of View Winery, who's cultivated valiant grapevines for two decades, NDSU's initiative brings a new level of adaptability to the table.

Greg Lardy of NDSU's Agricultural Affairs highlighted the citizen-led push for over a decade to intensify grape research. After extensive trials blending North Dakota and European grape species, specialist Harlene Hatterman-Valenti talked about the careful work behind the new types.

These breeds promise not just to enhance the existing 40-acre grape farms in the state, but also open avenues for expansion. Fortunately for local grape growers and wineries, these varieties will be accessible this year, thanks to trade agreements with the NDSU Research Foundation.

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