Southwest Michigan grape meeting dates set for 2020

These spring and summer meetings offer seasonal management information and research updates through presentations and vineyard demonstrations. The grape kickoff meeting is moving to an online format due to restrictions on face-to-face meetings.

Concord grapes
Concord grapes. Photo by Katherine East, MSU Extension.

The Michigan State University Extension grape team is happy to announce the schedule and locations for our 2020 in-season grape grower meetings in southwest Michigan. These meeting focus on the beginning of the season, before bloom, mid-season before veraison and before harvest. MSU Extension educators and specialists will give seasonal management information and research updates.

These meetings include presentations and in the vineyard demonstrations from MSU viticulture experts, entomologists and plant pathologists. Look for more meeting specifics at the MSU Extension Grapes website as we get closer to the dates.

Tentative schedule

  • April 23: the grape kickoff meeting will be from 1-4 p.m. via Zoom.
  • June 4: The pre-bloom meeting will be from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Cronenwett Farms, 70121 28th Street, Lawton MI 49065.
  • July 29: Viticulture Day will be from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. with a wine tasting event in the evening, held at the Southwest Michigan Research and Extension Center, 1791 Hillandale Road, Benton Harbor MI 49022.
  • Sept. 10: The pre-harvest meeting will be from 1-4 p.m. at Lemon Creek Winery, 533 East Lemon Creek Road, Berrien Springs, MI 49103.

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