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Apple Moth Found In Clarksburg

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(Sacramento, CA)
Thursday, September 2, 2010

Tim Waits is a wine grape grower in Clarksburg. Chances are you've tasted his grapes if you've ever had a glass of Pinot Noir or Petite Syrah made by Bogle or Gallo wineries.

Waits was concerned when he heard that a single Light Brown Apple Mouth was found in a trap this week.

"Well, you're never happy when you hear about something like that. At this point there's only been one found and that doesn't invoke a quarantine."

A second find would invoke a quarantine. Yolo County Agriculture Commissioner John Young says a quarantine would trigger tighter and costly restrictions on growers when they ship their grapes out-of-town to be processed.

"I'm kind of holding my breath here that we only found one. I'm hoping it's what we call a carry out. In other words, it was in somebody's car that was going down there to wine taste, it came out of their car and into the trap."

Young says so far, there are no plans to begin insecticide treatments. Clarksburg-grown wine grapes are a 56-Million dollar industry.


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