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Viticulture Field Day and Steak Cookout set for June 13, 2019 - Grapes

Viticulture Field Day and Steak Cookout set for June 13, 2019

Come enjoy a fun and educational day in the vineyards with world-renowned speakers, good food and a tasting of locally produced wines.

Education day in the vineyard
Photo by Michigan State University Extension

The Viticulture Field Day and Steak Cookout is back! If you work in the viticulture industry, are a supporter of viticulture or are passionate about all things grapes, you have probably been waiting to see what we had in store for this year. Well, wait no more. We have it all: food, fun and a star-studded cast of speakers. So bring your sunscreen, your best hat, your appetite and your curiosity.

This year’s Viticulture Field Day will be June 13 at the Southwest Michigan Research and Extension Center, 1791 Hillandale Rd, Benton Harbor, MI 49022, and will be filled with talks from world-renowned researchers such as Richard Smart, Wayne Wilcox and Michigan State University’s very own Paolo Sabbatini. You will also meet some of the newer faces at MSU, like Timothy Miles, Laura Miles and Thomas Todaro, as well as all the other great MSU researches working hard to provide us with the most current and relevant viticulture research.

As always, the tradeshow will showcase some of the newest and best precision viticulture equipment. Don’t forget about the famous steak cookout and Michigan wine showcase. Enjoy the evening socializing with the rest of the grape-growing community over some good food and local wine. View the full agenda below.

There are multiple ways to register for the meeting. Online registration is available at 2019 Viticulture Field Days Online Registration. You can also call Renee Tinkey at 269-944-1477 ext. 201 to receive a registration form by mail. The $75 early bird registration deadline is May 24. Standard and on-site registration is $90.

For those staying in town before or after the event, the Michigan Grape Society has been able to secure special lodging rates at the Hilton Garden Inn, 1300 Cinema Way, Benton Harbor, MI 49022, phone: 269-926-5000. Call the hotel and mention “Michigan Grape Society” or go online and enter “MGS” in the group code box when making your reservation to receive your reduced rate.

Keep up-to-date on any changes by following the Michigan Grape Society on Facebook.

Viticulture Field Day agenda

9 a.m. – Trade Show Opens

9 a.m. to 12 p.m., 1:30 to 5 p.m. – Morning and afternoon vineyard workshops

  • Grapevine trunk diseases –Richard Smart
  • Biopesticides –Wayne Wilcox
  • Bird predation in grapes –Catherine Lindell
  • Leaf removal, a powerful tool to improve fruit quality in cool climate viticulture –Paolo Sabbatini and Josh VanderWeide
  • Methods of vineyard recovery following severe cold damage in wine grapes – Thomas Todaro
  • Sampling for fungicide resistance in michigan vineyards –Tim Miles
  • Don’t guess, get a test from MSU Diagnostic Services – Laura Miles
  • Sap analysis: what it is, how you do it and why you should do it – Crop Health Labs

12 p.m.– Complimentary lunch

1 p.m.– Equipment demonstrations

5 p.m.– Lake Michigan Shore Wine Showcase

5:30 p.m.- Dinner

The 2019 Viticulture Field Day is sponsored by Michigan State University Extension and Michigan Grape Society, with additional sponsorship provided by Lake Michigan College Wine & Viticulture Technology Program and Certis USA.

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