Different wines offer different things to the people who grow them and the wine that they make. People who grow grapes in large quantity are usually growing them for the wine industry at large. The question these people should keep in mind is the particular type of grape which they should grow that will suit their commercial needs. Vineyards tend to spend a while without producing crop and since the business is a long term effort, thorough research must be carried out in the industry to find out what kinds of grapes will thrive in your area and who will buy the crop that you produce. Failure to grow the right crop will only reduce the marketability of your crops and you may even find that no one is interested in what you have to offer.
For people in Mississippi, the only grapes that you should bother growing are the Muscadine grapes. Studies about these grapes have shown that they are both a wonderful crop for the farmer and the community as well. Having just about a thousand acres of growth can result in about fifty jobs for different people. Research has also shown that for each million gallons of grape juice made for use in different industries, the amount to be netted is about 7 million dollars. This amount impacts on many other industries such as bottling companies, equipment manufacturers, label printers as well as marketing professionals. With these benefits people are trying to encourage the planting of grapes in the state of Mississipi.
The problems are clearly evident as well, how do you get farmers to change to a crop that poses much more risk to them? The risk is due to the fact that you have to make a substantial investment and wait for an average of three years to get your money. There are other crops which you simply plant in the spring and get your money in the fall with each harvest, no questions asked.Muscadine isn’t a grape which you can grow easily. However, if you stick to the laid out instructions and plant the crop in earth which is sandy and fertile and a little deeper than most other crops, you’ll find out that it does really well. All these grapes need is an area which is well drained and does not flood them with too much water or starve them of too little. If these grapes are pruned carefully without overdoing it and the right amount of peat is added to the soil to promote better growth, the grape can easily get its first harvest in just three years instead of five years, if it is allowed to grow alone.
Muscadine grapes are highly resistant to diseases and they are much more likely to battle the grape blight called phylloxera, than a whole lot of other grapes.Proper care of the Muscadine will lead to the growth of as much as ten tons of crop to harvest per acre. As long as the vineyards have steady growth, you can have crop that is much as eighteen tons per acre. The grapes can then be sold to a number of different industries and this includes, jam makers, juice makers and the wine making industries. Another market or industry which is less popular is the selling of the leftovers from this grape in order to be used for livestock feed or fertilizer for plants.