Monday, February 4, 2013

2013 Winter/Spring Meetings and Workshops

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There is a link under  "Handouts, Guidelines, and other", but here are the list of upcoming meetings that will be held in the next few months. 

What:  Pruning workshop in Northern Virginia
When:  1 pm – 4pm, 4 February 2013
Where: AHS Jr. AREC, near Winchester VA - http://www.arec.vaes.vt.edu/alson-h-smith/contact/index.html
Details:   Join us for an informative session which will cover: pruning basics, vine balance, gathering pruning weights and guided pruning practice.  This meeting will have examples of VSP, pruning vines of different size, head training cane pruning vs. cordon training spur pruning, and training one year old vines.  Workshop will be outside rain or shine, bring a pair of pruning shears and appropriate weather gear.  Meet inside the building in the large conference room.  No fee or RSVP is required for this workshop.

What: Pruning workshop in Central Virginia
When:  1 pm – 4 pm, 11 February 2013
Where:  Glass House Winery, http://www.glasshousewinery.com/contact/
Details:  Join us for an informative session which will all cover: pruning basics, vine balance, gathering pruning weights and guided pruning practice.  This meeting will have examples of VSP, ballerina & high wire training systems, head training cane pruning vs. cordon training spur pruning, and training 2 year old vines.  Workshop will be outside rain or shine, bring a pair of pruning shears.  We will have a Spanish translator at this workshop – please encourage Spanish speakers to attend.  Meet in the paved lot outside of the conservatory.  No fee or RSVP is required for this workshop.
What:  Wineries Unlimited Trade Show and Conference
When:  12-14 March, 2013
Where:  Greater Richmond Convention Center
Details:  Large trade show and conference.  http://www.wineriesunlimited.com/
What:  Integrated Pest Management (IPM) workshop in Northern Virginia
When:  9:30 – 4 pm, 21 March 2013
Details:  This workshop will review pertinent information about disease, pest and weed biology and control strategies with a focus on Integrated Pest Management.  We will review a mock spray schedule to help growers plan for the upcoming growing season.   Viticulture, Grape Pathology, Entomology and Weed Specialists will be present.  Please bring a bagged lunch.  Please RSVP via the following link:  https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1357766257153
What:  Integrated Pest Management (IPM) workshop in Central Virginia
When:  9:30 – 4 pm, 9 April 2013
Details:  This workshop will review pertinent information about disease, pest and weed biology and control strategies with a focus on Integrated Pest Management.  We will review a mock spray schedule to help growers plan for the upcoming growing season.  Viticulture, Grape Pathology, Entomology and Weed Specialists will be present.  Please bring a bagged lunch.  Please RSVP via the following link:  https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1357766582682
What:  Beginner’s Grape Growing Seminar
When:  9:00 am until approximately 5:00 pm, 11 April 2013
Where: AHS Jr. AREC, near Winchester VA - http://www.arec.vaes.vt.edu/alson-h-smith/contact/index.html
Details: Dr. Tony Wolf (VA Tech), Dr. Mizuho Nita (VA Tech), and Tremain Hatch (VA Tech) will conduct a workshop geared towards beginner and prospective wine grape growers at the AHS Jr. AREC near Winchester.  Registration is $50 per person (checks made payable to “Virginia Tech Foundation” and mailed to: Tremain Hatch, VA Tech, 595 Laurel Grove Rd., Winchester VA 22602). Registration must be received by 8 April.  Course offers an overview of commercial wine grape vineyard development including economics, grape marketing, equipment needs, site evaluation and preparation, planting, and young vine care. The information gained from this workshop will provide a foundation upon which you can build your vineyard project. Classroom instruction will be followed by a visit to the research vineyard at the AREC.  Be prepared to go outside rain or shine.   RSVP required:  https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1357766729399  NOTE:  This course is capped at 50 persons – register early if interested.

Slides from 2013 VVA meeting

Thank you very much for attending this year's VVA meeting!  I really enjoyed the meeting.  We had a lot of disease talks this year, but I think it was a good reminder/refresher for all of us. 

As I promised, here are our handouts from the meeting.  Please click the link to download them.  As with the last year, I think the VVA will post them at their website too.

1) Taylor's Virus Presentation

2) Mizuho's Phomopsis/Ripe Rot/Bitter Rot Presentation