Local Grapes Growing in the Show-Me State

4 years 7 months 3 weeks ago Monday, October 28 2013 Oct 28, 2013 Monday, October 28, 2013 4:00:00 PM CDT October 28, 2013 in News
By: Ashley Arp, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

NEW FRANKLIN - The Show-Me State is home to more than 120 wineries, which could classify Missouri as one of the country's elite wine producers. 

But University of Missouri students and faculty are working on producing more than just wine grapes at the Horticulture and Agroforestry Research Center (HARC) in New Franklin and the Southwest Research Center in Mt. Vernon, in southwest Missouri.

Ray Glendening has worked at HARC for about 40 years and said its two acre vineyard has 17 rows of grapes, two of which are ‘ready-to-eat' table grapes.

There are about 35 total varieties of grapes in the HARC vineyard, both red and white, according to Glendening.

A group of about five MU students has been managing the vineyard for about five years and is just now seeing abundance in grape production.

Viticulture Research Specialist, Jackie Harris said the group of about five students harvested about three tons of grapes at the HARC in mid October.

Glendening said they are testing the grapes to find out which varieties grow best in Missouri.

"People like to drink wine, people like to eat grapes. Mid-Missouri soil is really suitable to grow grapes," said Glendening.

Locally grown grapes probably taste better than grapes imported from states like California becuase they "haven't been shipped all over the place," said Harris.

Glendening said grapes could generate a good amount of revenue for growers, "probably a few thousand dollars per acre."

Even people with small sections of empty land could consider growing grapes, according to Glendening.

Table grapes can be harvested two to three weeks ahead of many other grapes because they are picked earlier in their maturing process.

The costs to growing table grapes are similar to that of wine grapes.

Although, table grapes must be cleaner and require some extra care, according to Harris.

Glendening said after MU students and faculty test the grapes, they will recommend them to producers, and then producers could sell them commercially.

Sarah Goodnow works in the produce department at Clover's Natural Market and said the store sells chestnuts MU students produce.

"A lot of our customers are interested in local produce and grapes are a really huge seller," said Goodnow.

And with emerging markets like these, the Show-Me State could become known for another new crop.

More News

Grid
List
TIPTON - Some Tipton residents are working together to run their own hog farm. This is in response to... More >>
3 hours ago Sunday, June 24 2018 Jun 24, 2018 Sunday, June 24, 2018 7:46:00 PM CDT June 24, 2018 in News
BEAVER DAM, Wis. (AP) — Sprint car driver Jason Johnson has died following a crash at Beaver Dam Raceway in... More >>
7 hours ago Sunday, June 24 2018 Jun 24, 2018 Sunday, June 24, 2018 3:52:00 PM CDT June 24, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - A 17-year-old from Jefferson City will be competing at the CrossFit Games in Madison, Wisconsin in August.... More >>
9 hours ago Sunday, June 24 2018 Jun 24, 2018 Sunday, June 24, 2018 2:20:00 PM CDT June 24, 2018 in Sports
(CNN) - Partial results in Turkey's snap elections put President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his party in the lead, lifting... More >>
9 hours ago Sunday, June 24 2018 Jun 24, 2018 Sunday, June 24, 2018 1:58:00 PM CDT June 24, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - The Missouri Bikers Against Child Abuse group met with children to discuss past altercations with abusers in their... More >>
14 hours ago Sunday, June 24 2018 Jun 24, 2018 Sunday, June 24, 2018 9:04:00 AM CDT June 24, 2018 in Top Stories
COLUMBIA - Power was restored at approximately 9:00 AM CT Sunday morning for most customers in the affected areas. ... More >>
14 hours ago Sunday, June 24 2018 Jun 24, 2018 Sunday, June 24, 2018 8:53:00 AM CDT June 24, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - MU has saved money and reduced emissions through its long-term energy efficiency programs. The university has reduced... More >>
15 hours ago Sunday, June 24 2018 Jun 24, 2018 Sunday, June 24, 2018 8:20:00 AM CDT June 24, 2018 in Top Stories
ST. LOUIS - An attorney is suing a nonprofit group connected to former Gov. Eric Greitens for its records. ... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, June 23 2018 Jun 23, 2018 Saturday, June 23, 2018 9:52:00 PM CDT June 23, 2018 in News
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Outside a sprawling mall in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, young single men and women walk... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, June 23 2018 Jun 23, 2018 Saturday, June 23, 2018 6:21:17 PM CDT June 23, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - One softball player is setting her team up for success before she leaves for college. On Saturday,... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, June 23 2018 Jun 23, 2018 Saturday, June 23, 2018 4:54:00 PM CDT June 23, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - The discussion on community policing continues to ripple through Columbia after a citywide meeting Saturday. The City... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, June 23 2018 Jun 23, 2018 Saturday, June 23, 2018 3:31:00 PM CDT June 23, 2018 in News
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas City police are investigating the shooting death of a man near a house in... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, June 23 2018 Jun 23, 2018 Saturday, June 23, 2018 3:12:00 PM CDT June 23, 2018 in News
(CNN) -- White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said she was kicked out of a Virginia restaurant by its owner... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, June 23 2018 Jun 23, 2018 Saturday, June 23, 2018 2:47:00 PM CDT June 23, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA (AP) — The wife of a former University of Missouri football coach is helping her husband remember the details... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, June 23 2018 Jun 23, 2018 Saturday, June 23, 2018 2:18:00 PM CDT June 23, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA – Reaching all generations was the goal of one Columbia woman on Saturday. Cheryl Miller is the president... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, June 23 2018 Jun 23, 2018 Saturday, June 23, 2018 1:03:00 PM CDT June 23, 2018 in News
CAMDEN COUNTY - Two teenage boys suffered serious injuries in an ATV accident Friday night, according to the Missouri State... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, June 23 2018 Jun 23, 2018 Saturday, June 23, 2018 9:34:00 AM CDT June 23, 2018 in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A national gathering in St. Louis in September will focus on election security. Missouri... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, June 23 2018 Jun 23, 2018 Saturday, June 23, 2018 7:54:00 AM CDT June 23, 2018 in News
FULTON - The city of Fulton kicked off their annual Street Festival in style Friday with live music, a carnival,... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, June 23 2018 Jun 23, 2018 Saturday, June 23, 2018 2:23:00 AM CDT June 23, 2018 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 73°
12am 75°
1am 75°
2am 74°
3am 73°