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MSU Grape School

March 28, 2019 @ 10:00 am - March 29, 2019 @ 4:00 pm


The MSU Grape School will be held in Traverse City and Benton Harbor during 2 days in late March, organized by the Michigan State University Grape Team. Grape growers can explore ways to improve vineyard management, though in-depth training in pest and disease control, and greater understanding of grapevine physiology, and discussion of extreme climate and how to respond.

The event will be held at the NWMHRC and SWMREC on March 28-29, 2019; the two locations will be connected via teleconference. This two day program will explore fundamental aspects of grape growing and vineyard pest and diseases with experts from MSU, California, Italy and our local industry. Included in the program will be visits to local vineyards and wineries.

Registration is $70 per person, which includes lunch on Thursday (March 28), light breakfast and lunch on Friday (March 29), course materials, and 2 extension books (A Pocket Guide for Grape IPM Scouting of Grapes and Winter Injuries to Grapevines and Methods of Protection). Dinner is on your own and lodging is separate.

Online pre-registration is required for planning purposes.

(Day 1) Thursday, March 28 – Viticulture: Climate and Cultivars
10 – 11 a.m.Climate change and potential agronomic impacts in the Great Lakes Region; Jeff Andresen (MSU)
11 a.m. – 12 p.m.Cultivar and rootstock selection for Michigan’s mixed viticulture: Duke Elsner (MSU Extension)
12 – 1 p.m.Lunch break
1 – 2 p.m.New cultivars and clones for Michigan cool climate viticulture: Diego Barison (Herrick Grapevines, California)
2 – 2:30 p.m.Clean plant network in the US and new diagnostic capability at MSU: Laura Miles (MSU)
2:30 – 3 p.m.A new grapevine nursery for the Michigan wine industry: Pat Murad (Campbell Milarch Vines, LLC)
3 – 4 p.m.Vineyard management for improving fruit quality of the most important wine cultivars for Michigan; Craig Cunningham (Leorie vineyard)
(Day 2) Friday, March 29 – Viticulture: Grapevine Physiology (morning)
7 – 8 a.m.Light breakfast
8 – 9 a.m.The Eastern US Challenge: increasing cold tolerance of grapevines to extreme low temperatures: Imed Dami (The Ohio State University)
9 – 10 a.m.Methods for vineyard recovery and management after severe winter injury; Thomas Todaro (MSU Extension)
10 – 11 a.m.Sources and Sinks: production allocation of photosynthates during the growing season in grapevines: Paolo Sabbatini (MSU)
11 a.m. – 12 p.m.Understanding grapevine capacity: effect of climatic conditions, canopy structure and summer pruning: Paolo Sivilotti (University of Udine, Italy)
12 – 1 p.m.Lunch break
Viticulture: Pest and Diseases (afternoon)
1 – 2 p.m.What do we know about spotted lanternfly? Rufus Isaacs (MSU)
2 – 3 p.m.Vineyard IPM Diseases: Tim Miles (MSU)
3 – 4 p.m.Late Season Fruit Rots: Mark Longstroth (MSU Extension)
4 – 5 p.m.App 4Grapes: New precision viticulture tool for scouting vineyards and improve wine quality: Giovanni Bigot (PerLeUve Consulting, Italy)


March 28, 2019 @ 10:00 am
March 29, 2019 @ 4:00 pm
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Michigan State University Extension


Northwest Michigan Horticulture Research Center
6686 S. Center Highway
Traverse City, MI 49684 United States
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