MSU Extension’s grape scouting reports for 2020

Michigan State University Extension will provide weekly reports of scouting efforts across the state, covering many parts of grape growing including vine phenology and horticultural updates, pest and disease management, and weather.

The MSU grape team is starting the grape scouting reports early in the season. We will attempt to put them out weekly through the whole season. If you have something you would like to see changed in the reports or have something to share for the next one, contact any of the members of the grape team. We will do our best to make it happen. Photo by Megan Trammel.

For the 2020 growing season, Michigan State University Extension’s grape team will be scouting vineyards and reporting the results through our grape scouting reports. This is the new design of 2019’s MSU vineyard IPM (integrated pest management) scouting report and has been modified based on feedback we received. For 2020, MSU staff, educators and specialists in southwest and northwest Michigan will visit multiple vineyards, check growth stages, monitor traps and sample leaves and clusters. These reports will be posted on Wednesdays every week with the first report starting May 27. We will add additional reports as specific issues come up through the season.

All of the scouting reports will be archived on the MSU Extension Grape Scouting Reports page.

Our grape scouting reports will combine scouting done by staff from the MSU grape team and headed by our grape Extension educators Mike Reinke and Katherine East in southwest Michigan. These reports will cover weather, grape phenology, disease and insect information and serve as a platform for us to announce meetings.

The free scouting reports will be included in MSU Extension’s News for the Grape & Wine Industry e-newsletter. If you are not already receiving MSU Extension News, you can sign up by entering your email address with MSU Extension News, then scroll down the list and click the box to select “Grape & Wine industry.” You can also click to select additional topics for other e-newsletters that may be relevant for you.

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