Michigan State University hosts viticulture virtual field days
Online webinar series highlights MSU research and outreach, offer management strategies for growers
Michigan State University (MSU) hosted a series of virtual field days focused on various viticulture topics from July 27-July 31.
Each event featured videos highlighting research, a talk from an MSU researcher or MSU Extension specialist, followed by time for Q&A.
The sessions focused on the following topics:
- Monday, July 27: Late season disease management in grapes
- Tuesday, July 28: Vineyard canopy management at veraison
- Wednesday, July 29: Late season weed management
- Presenter: Sushila Chaudhari, assistant professor, Department of Horticulture
- Thursday, July 30: Insect pests in ripening grapes
- Friday, July 31: What can grape rootstocks do?
Commercial grape growers in Michigan learned about how MSU is supporting the state’s grape industry, and to were informed about timely management issues, such as diseases, insects, and weeds affecting grapes in the later part of the growing season.
“This event helped growers have a better understanding of the research and Extension work MSU does, and how we can help them,” East said. “It also allowed them to connect with members of our grape management team, and learn about strategies they can use to grow the best crop possible.”
According to a 2017 report from Michigan Grape and Wine Industry Council, the wine industry generates over $2 billion a year in economic activity for the state.
To learn more about MSU’s Virtual Field Days, click here.
Full event recordings