Statewide Michigan Grape Spring Kickoff

April 19, 2024 9:00AM - 5:30PM

Northwest Michigan Horticulture Research Center, 6686 S Center Hwy, Traverse City, MI 49684 or Zoom

Contact: Esmaeil Nasrollahiazar,

Winegrape growers and producers across Michigan are invited to join the hybrid (in-person or virtual) 2024 Statewide Michigan Grape Spring Kickoff meeting. Hosted by Parallel 45 Vines & Wines and Michigan State University Extension, this event serves as a crucial opportunity for vineyards and wineries to prepare, adjust and adopt new practices as they kick off the growing season.

Three Michigan restricted use pesticide applicator recertification credits for private and commercial fruit (1C) will be available for in-person attendees.


8:00 a.m. Registration Desk Opens

Moderator: Esmaeil Nasrollahiazar, MSU Extension

9:00 – 9:55 a.m. A Holistic Approach to Vine Health, Production and Longevity in a Vineyard System, Fritz Westover, Westover Viticulture

10:00 – 10:30 a.m. Weather summary and forecast, Jeffrey Andresen, MSU Department of Geography

10:35 – 11:05 a.m. Understanding and Enhancing Grapevine Cold Resilience, Esmaeil Nasrollahiazar, MSU Extension

11:05 – 11:15 a.m. Coffee Break

11:15 a.m. – 12:25 p.m. Grape Pricing Survey Results + trends in grape purchase contracts (Panel discussion), Tony Jacobson, P45

12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Lunch

1:35 – 2:10 p.m. Protecting berries against insect pests, from bloom to harvest, Rufus Isaacs, MSU

2:15 – 3:10 p.m. Panel discussion on Converting to Organic, Derrick Vogel, Folklor Wine & Cider  

3:15 – 3:55 p.m. Satellite and Machine Learning-based vineyard monitoring: Soil, Maturity, Disease, Matthew Homyak, Deep Planet

4:00 – 4:40 p.m. Tannin Management, Aude Watrelot, Iowa State

4:45 – 5:30 p.m. Educational wine tasting, P45


Event Location

6686 S. Center Highway Traverse City, MI 49684

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