MSU’s Northwest Michigan Horticultural Research Center at Traverse City, Michigan, received funding for $50,500 of facility improvements from the MTFC in 2019. Photo: Gary Pullano

Aug 19, 2019
Northwest Michigan reviews pre-harvest considerations, vineyard research update

The Northwest Michigan Horticulture Research Center’s research vineyard will be the site on Aug. 23, 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

Photo: Thomas Todaro/MSU Extension

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