Pre-harvest considerations and research vineyard update meeting

Meet MSU’s new southwest viticulture specialist Katherine East on Aug. 23 at the Northwest Michigan Horticulture Research Center.

Photo by Thomas Todaro, MSU Extension

Join us at the Northwest Michigan Horticulture Research Center’s research vineyard on Aug. 23, 2019, from 2-4 p.m. for a meeting on pre-harvest considerations and new developments for the center’s viticulture research and Extension. Specific topics of discussion include:

  • Introducing Katherine East, Michigan State University Extension’s new southwest Michigan viticulture specialist, to the northwest Michigan wine grape industry.
  • Northwest Michigan Horticulture Research Center’s research vineyard establishment and expansion (training, foliar fertilizer, irrigation) of the core cultivars, Novavine powdery mildew-resistant grapevines V. vinifera 'Soreli' and 'Fleuratai', that were planted this season.
  • Riesling profuse project to reduce general cluster damage and especially insect damage, and also late-season insect pest management.
  • Grape pathogen resistance and diagnostic update.

Come for the program and stay for the Northwest Michigan Horticulture Research Center 40th anniversary open house, complete with a social hour, dinner and live entertainment!


2–2:10 p.m. Introduce newly hired MSU Extension viticulture specialist, Katherine East, to the northwest region — Thomas Todaro and Katherine East

2:10–3 p.m. Research vineyard expansion and establishment practices: First-and-second-year vineyard management (training, foliar fertilizer, irrigation) of core cultivars (Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay) and new mildew-resistant cultivars from Nova vine (Soreli and Fleuratai) — Thomas Todaro and Paolo Sabbatini

3:10–3:30 p.m. Late season insect update and Riesling profuse project — Thomas Todaro

3:30–3:45 p.m. Grape pathogen resistance update and ways to reduce resistance — Tim Miles

3:45–4 p.m. 15 minutes for detailed discussion and questions

4–9:30 p.m. Fun and entertainment during the Northwest Michigan Horticulture Research Center 40th Anniversary Open House

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