Current wine and juice grape knowledge featured at Viticulture Field Day

Learn about wine and juice grape management practices, equipment and research findings at Viticulture Field Day, July 31, 2013.

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Dave Francis, Farm Manager, SWMREC. Photo credit: Tom Zabadal

A Viticulture Field Day will be held 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 31 at the Michigan State University Southwest Michigan Research & Center, 1791 Hillandale Road, Benton Harbor, MI 49022. The session is co-sponsored by the Michigan Grape Society and Michigan State University Extension.

Now in its 24th year, the Viticulture Field Day provides many opportunities for established and new grape growers to learn about current practices and research in wine and juice grapes through field-based workshops, equipment demonstrations, and the trade show.

Among the workshops for 2013 are the benefit of leaf removal, managing excessive vine size, trellis construction, promising wine grape varieties, and pest management. Michigan Grape Society industry leaders, growers, Michigan State University faculty and staff combine to present the educational sessions.

The registration fee is $35/person if received by July 17, or $45/person after. The fee includes lunch and a steak dinner.

Complete program information and registration are available online. You may also call the Southwest Michigan Research & Extension Center and speak to Diane Miner at 269-944-1477 ext. 201.