Register for the 2021 Michigan Statewide Grape Spring Kickoff webinar on March 23

Early season topics will be covered by MSU Extension experts for Michigan grape growers.

Grape vineyard at budbreak with blooming cherry orchard in the background
Grape vineyard at budbreak with blooming cherry orchard in the background. Photo by Mark Longstroth, MSU Extension

We are very excited to welcome grape growers from all over Michigan and the Midwest to the virtual 2021 Michigan Statewide Grape Spring Kickoff on March 23, 2021, from 1-4:30 p.m., hosted by Michigan State University Extension. This program is free and offered via Zoom. Early season topics will be covered by MSU Extension experts for Michigan grape growers.

Three Michigan Restricted Use Pesticide (RUP) applicator recertification credits for private and commercial fruit are offered.

Advance registration is required. Registration closes at midnight the day before the webinar (March 22), so don’t miss out! On the morning of the webinar, participants will receive a Zoom link and will need to download Zoom to their computer or smartphone to participate.

Register for the 2021 Statewide Grape Kickoff Webinar





1-1:15 p.m.

Mike Reinke, IPM Educator, MSU Extension

Introduction: MSU Extension Announcements

1:15-1:45 p.m.

Jeff Andresen, Environmental Quality Specialist, MSU Extension

2021 Michigan Weather Outlook for Grape Growers

1:45-2:15 p.m.

Keith Mason, Enviroweather, MSU

Enviroweather Tools for Grape Growers

2:15-2:30 p.m.


2:30-2:40 p.m.

Michigan Grape Society


2:40-2:50 p.m.

Parallel 45


2:50-3 p.m.

Michigan Wine Collaborative


3-3:20 p.m.

Esmaeil Narollahiazar / Nikki Rothwell, MSU Extension

NW Station, Project Updates and Plans / NWMHRC's Lab Expansion Project Announcement 

3:20-3:35 p.m.


3:35-4 p.m.

Rufus Isaacs, Dept of Entomology, MSU

Grape Pest Update

4-4:25 p.m.

Tim Miles, Dept of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences, MSU

Grape Disease Resistance Management Tools and Techniques

If Zoom is new to you, the MSU Extension fruit team has put together a series of articles on downloading Zoom and participating in Zoom webinars. These can help you navigate through the ins and outs of Zoom, even though some specifics may be different for the grape kickoff webinar.

MSU Extension has changed how we work with our clients due to current travel restrictions and safety guidelines. We will continue to provide you with the information and resources you require, but in a different manner than in the past.

MSU is allowing only essential travel and has halted non-essential on- and off-campus research activities until further notice, including in-person group meetings such as our traditional grower meetings, in accordance with the governor's executive order and MSU guidelines. As a result, our meetings are still supposed to be held online. We will continue to assist grape growers via phone, text, video chat and e-mail.

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