Oct 9, 2019
Winegrape session set for 2020 Orchard and Vineyard Show in Michigan

Plan to attend the winegrape session at the 2020 Northwest Michigan Orchard and Vineyard Show, Jan. 14-15, 2020, at the Grand Traverse Resort Hotel in Acme, Michigan.

The purpose for the two-day wine grape session is to bring viticulture experts from Michigan State University, Cornell University, Ohio State University and Washington State University to the Traverse City, Michigan, area to share basic and applied research ranging from industry fundamentals to exciting new research with the ultimate goal to improve sustainability and profitability of northwest Michigan’s vibrant winegrape industry.

Topics will cover the horticulture, entomology, pathology, sustainability, climatology, water usage, equipment troubleshooting and geospatial/ technology aspects of winegrape production and fermentation in northwest Michigan. This event will also feature a social hour showcasing the region’s wines and ciders, a winemaker’s wine tasting, and a special session focused on generating revenue to support Michigan’s winegrape industry.

Although the winegrape session has traditionally been intended for the northwest Michigan region, considerable input and resources have been gathered to ensure value to winegrowers and winemakers throughout Michigan. This is part of the collaboration endorsed and supported by the Michigan Wine Collaborative.

This event has been spiritedly supported by the Grand Traverse Fruit Council and we appreciate their continued efforts in bringing the best speakers and vendors to the Orchard and Vineyard Show!

Registration details are coming soon, so check back to this article, visit the Michigan State University Extension Grapes website or sign up to receive the Grape & Wine Industry email newsletter to stay up to date.

Grape and Wine Session Agenda – Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020

Room: Peninsula Room

8:00 a.m. Registration Desk Opens

8:00- 10:30 a.m. Coffee and Rolls

Moderator Thomas Todaro, MSU Extension

8:25-8:30 a.m. Welcome and Overview, Thomas Todaro, MSU Extension Viticulture Educator

8:30-8:55 a.m. Sources and Sinks: Production, Allocation of Photosynthates During The Growing Season and Impact of Canopy Management, Paolo Sabbatini, Assistant Professor Horticulture/Viticulture, Department of Horticulture, Michigan State University

9:00-9:30 a.m. Vineyard Insects, 2019 Update (title TBD), Rufus Isaacs, Professor Entomology, Department of Entomology at Michigan State

9:30-10:00 a.m. Detecting and managing virus and fungicide resistance (title TBD), Tim Miles, Assistant Professor, Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences, Michigan State University

10:00-10:25 a.m. Water management, Constructed Vertical Flow Wetland for the Treatment of Winery Wastewater:  Final Results and What’s Next, Safferman, Professor, Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering, Michigan State University

10:30-10:55 a.m. Vineyard Suitability Maps/ Drone usage for vineyards (exact title TBD), Robert Goodwin, Sr. Geospatial Analyst RS&GIS, Michigan State University

10:55-11:15 a.m. Protecting Water Resources in the Vineyard (exact title TBD), Laura Silver, MEAP Technician

11:15 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Vendor Break

12:10-1:30 p.m. Lunch (Open to all attendees)

1:30-2:00 p.m. Vendor Break

2:00-3:00 p.m. Pesticide App at your Fingertips: Designing a user-interface for fruit growers, Karen Chou, Associate Professor and Toxicology expert, Department of Animal Science, Michigan State University

3:00-5:00 p.m. Generating Revenue to Support the MI Grape and Wine Industry

  • Unifying industry members, developing revenue streams, Annette Ringwood Boyd, Virginia Wine Board
  • Commodity Groups and MSU/ Project Green, Doug Buhler, Michigan State University and AgBioResearch
  • PA 232 Program, Phil Korson, Cherry Marketing Institute                                                                    

5:00 Local beverage tasting and hors d’ouerve social hour

Grape and Wine Session Agenda – Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020

Room: Peninsula Room

8:25-8:30 a.m. Welcome and Overview, Thomas Todaro, MSU Extension Viticulture Extension Educator

8:30-8:55 a.m. Wine Grape Production in a Changing Climate (exact title TBD), Jeff Andresen, Professor and State Climatologist, Department of Geography, Environment, and Spatial Sciences

9:00-10:10 a.m. Cidermaking for Winemakers, Bri Ewing Vallierie, Clinical Assistant Professor, School of Food Science, Washington State University

10:15-11:15 a.m. Formation and Stabilization of Bubbles in Sparkling Wine (exact title TBD), Anna Katherine Mansfield, Associate Professor of Enology, Department of Food Science, Cornell University

11:15 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Vendor Break

12:10-1:30 p.m. Lunch (Grape attendees) & presentation on Industry Funding Sources, Jim Trezise, Wine America and former member of New York wine association

1:30–2:00 p.m. Vendor Break

Room: Executive Room (Concurrent session)

3:00-5:00 p.m. Educational winemaker’s wine tasting discussing style and cultivars, Wine tasting theme TBD and only 30 total seats available

Room: Peninsula Room

2:00-3:00 p.m. Tannin retention in Hybrids (exact title TBD), Anna Katherine Mansfield, Associate Professor of Enology, Department of Food Science, Cornell University

3:00-4:00 p.m. Cold Stress Physiology in Wine Grapes (exact title TBD), Imed Dami, Professor and State Viticulture Specialist, Department of Horticulture and Crop Science, The Ohio State University

4:00-5:00 p.m. How Radical Manipulation of Sources and Sinks Affected Riesling Yield, Bud Hardiness, and Return Crop,Tim Martinson, Senior Extension Associate, Department of Horticulture, New York State Agriculture Experiment Station, Cornell University

5:00-5:10 p.m. Fill out Pesticide Recertification Forms

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