Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Please join us for this year's last IPM workshop!

Rescheduled Vineyard IPM Meeting Meets this Friday

Date:           Friday, March 21, 2014
Time:          10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location:   The Nelson Center, 8445 Thomas Nelson Highway, Lovingston, VA
Contact:     Michael Lachance, Nelson County Extension Unit;  (434) 263-4035

The central Virginia vineyard IPM meeting, originally scheduled earlier this month will be meeting this Friday, March 21st in Lovingston, Virginia,  located roughly 30 miles south of Charlottesville & 35 miles north of Lynchburg on Highway #29.

Dr. Mizuho Nita and Tremain Hatch will conduct this informative, pre-season briefing on how to manage the challenges of the 2014 growing season.  In addition, Dr. Jeff Derr will contribute recommendations for vineyard weed control.  This will be an excellent opportunity to review our past challenges to quality grape production and discuss who improvements can be made regarding plant protection.
You have the option of bringing a bag lunch or quickly visiting one of Lovingston ‘s local restaurants at noon. 

Local restaurants within minutes of the Nelson Center:
  1. Chen’s Chinese Restaurant
  2. Lovingston Café
  3. McDonalds
  4. Subway
  5. Vito’s Italian Restaurant
Please feel free to call the Nelson County Extension office at (434) 263-4035. if you have any questions or require assistance.  There is no fee for this event and it is open to all.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Supplemental label of Rally for tunk diseases

If you are pruning, and wondering whether you can protect pruning wounds from infections by trunk diseases, there is a supplemental label of Rally for control of various trunk diseases (Botryosphaeria, ESCA, and Eutypa).  Also we have a special use label of Topsin-M for VA.  

You can apply them with a sprayer or as a paint.  It would be a very good idea to use them, especially when you are making a big cut.  The timing of application would be soon after pruning and before a rain.

Also, double pruning (early winter rough cut followed by the final cut in early spring) showed to reduce 95% of trunk disease in a CA study.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Coming IPM workshops

We will have two IPM workshops this week.
  1. At Ingleside vineyard (http://www.inglesidevineyards.com/) on this Thursday (the 6th).  They are located in the northern neck area
  2. At Beliveau Estate (http://www.beliveauestate.com/) on this Friday (the 7th).  They are close to Roanoke.
If you can make it to these meetings, that would be great.

Also, we rescheduled the Nelson county meeting.  It will be held on March 21st.  I think the location will be the same, Nelson county extension office.

If you have not done, please check our new Pest Management guides for 2014 season.  The links are under "Resources" at the right hand side of this blog.  I will come up with a 2014 version of my workbook soon.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Tomorrow's IPM meeting at Nelson Co has been postponed

Due to the inclement weather, we decided to postpone our IPM meeting at Nelson county.  I will post a new date once we come up with one.

Stay warm and be safe!