18-Jun-09 08:54 | Eric Stafne

Breeding grapes specifically for Oklahoma is something that we desperately need in my opinion.  Cultivars that come from NY or MN or Europe just are not as well adapted as we need.  Things that could be focused on are late budbreak, cold hardiness, reduced vigor, even ripening, and many more.  We have so many issues that could work on — even rootstocks.  I have made one cross this year and we will see how it goes.  I also have some seedlings from a cross last year that I will begin to evaluate in the near future.  Herman Hinrichs and George Girouard have done some of this work but I think the focus needs to be more on getting closer to commercial level quality.