GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) — Vineyard owners in Colorado say they will not pursue quarantine for a grapevine-damaging insect found in both of the state's grape-growing regions.
The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel reports (http://bit.ly/2kndlF2 ) that the nonprofit Colorado Association for Viticulture & Enology announced last week that it will not pursue a quarantine of phylloxera. CAVE Board President Kaibab Sauvage says it's too late for a quarantine to stop the spread of the bug.
Phylloxera has been confirmed at four vineyards in Palisade and on Orchard Mesa. It was also found at a vineyard in the North Fork Valley and is present in both of the federally designated viticulture areas of Colorado.
CAVE members supported a strategy of educating vineyard owners and providing help instead of paying to have the state enforce a quarantine.
Information from: The Daily Sentinel, http://www.gjsentinel.com