Don’t Miss The 2016 Viticulture Field Day!! A joint meeting with the Missouri Vintner’s Association!

The upcoming 2016 Viticulture Field Day is featuring an exciting line-up to benefit Missouri grape growers with the added bonus of a joint meeting with the MVA!

2016 MGGA Vit Field DayFeatured Education Presentations include:

How Important Is Canopy Management?
Is it sometimes OK to skip or is it truly essential for wine quality and the health of your vineyard? Dr. James Wolpert, the recipient of numerous awards and author of more than 50 scientific and technical publications, will detail the importance of managing vineyard canopy. Jim worked as a Viticulture Extension Specialist where he was responsible for applied research and grower education programs for winegrapes in northern California. He later served as Chair of the Department of Viticulture & Enology for ten years where he held the title of Marvin Sands Endowed Department Chair. Jim retired from UC Davis in 2013, after 30 years of service and now lives in Hermann, Missouri.
Grape Berry Development, Composition & Viticulture Practices
Winegrape berry development is the most important process taking place in the vineyard during the growing season, a process that brings together the concerns of both the grower and the winemaker. Good-quality wine can only be made from good-quality grapes. While several factors impact grape quality, vineyard management practices used by the grower can have a very significant impact on berry development and composition. Andy Allen will help us review grape berry development and discuss how vineyard management affects fruit composition. With over 15 years of experience in viticulture, Andy has worked with grape growers throughout the Midwest and Southeast. He currently serves as Chair of the Viticulture and Enology Program at Arkansas Tech University-Ozark Campus.
Worker Protection Standards for Vineyard Workers: What You Need to Know
The Worker Protection Standard (WPS) is a regulation issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to protect people who are exposed to pesticides through their work. Shawn Hackett, FIFRA Project Officer will address these standards and changes coming in the future.
Also Don’t Miss!
Research Updates with Dr. Misha Kwasniewski, Assistant Research Professor & Enology Program Leader at the Grape & Wine Institute; Programs for Vineyards from the USDA Farm Services; News and Updates from the Missouri Wine and Grape Board and much more!

Additional information and ONLINE REGISTRATION are available here.

$30 registration fee includes lunch.

Click here for a PDF containing complete information and a mail-in registration form  2016 MGGA Viticulture Field Day

We’re looking forward to seeing you!

 

 

 

Register Now for the 2015 MGGA Annual Meeting & Field Day!

Missouri Grape Growers Annual Meeting

& Viticulture Field Day!

Conveniently Renew Your Membership and/or Register for the Field Day Online HERE!

The 2015 Missouri Grape Growers Annual Meeting and Viticulture Field Day will take place June 9th at the Les Bourgeois Vineyards Blufftop Bistro, Rocheport, MO

If you prefer to use US Mail, please download and print the following forms:

2015 VFD Attendee Registration Form

2015 MGGA-Renewal-Application

Agenda Includes:

Chill Out! – Cold Injury and Frost Damage of Grapevines:
Cold injury is often the blame for vine maladies in cold climates. Managing vine health is more than a prescription to combat cold injury but one of survival.  Learn how to take the kill of the chill out of your vineyard. Misha Kwasniewski, University of MO, GWI

Raising the Ceiling on Vineyard Floor Management:
Weeds are often considered a minor nuisance compared to other vineyard pest problems since weeds do not directly impact the vine or the grape crop.  Vineyard floor plants and weeds can be friend or foe; friend to help manage vine vigor and foe when they become competitive. Learn how to manage weeds for vineyard success.  Arianna Bozzolo, University of MO GWI

The Latest Buzz-Pest Management Updates:
New pest threats and old pest enemies in the vineyard.  What to be on the lookout for this season. Dean Volenberg, University of MO GWI

Industry Updates
Wine & Grape Institute Updates
MO Wine Alliance
Missouri Vintner’s Association
Missouri Wine Technical Group
Missouri Wine & Grape Board

Winery Contract Panel and Open Discussions:
Learn how to contract with wineries for selling your grapes and what the expectations are from the wineries.

Vineyard Tour at Les Bourgeois Vineyards  Replanting  projects

Register now for the Midwest Grape and Wine Conference

If you haven’t already, be sure to register now for the Midwest Grape and Wine Conference in St. Charles, Mo., February 9 – 12, 2012.

Early bird fees have been extended until January 10th! You still have time to save big on great educational programs and the Midwest’s largest Wine & Grape Trade Show.

Click here for more information or to register on-online.