Sunday, January 10, 2016

Happy New Year and Upcoming Meeting Announcements for 2016 Winter!


Upcoming meetings:

A. Virginia Cooperative Extension and Virginia Tech will offer pruning workshops in Central/Southern Virginia (Amherst) and Northern Virginia (Winchester) this January.

Beginning grape growers and experienced grape growers are invited to either workshop.

The content will include a review of these topics:

·      grapevine dormant pruning
·      grapevine cold hardiness
·      disease management at pruning
·      pruning as a component of canopy management

We will then go out to the vineyard for guided practice pruning grapevines before the meeting adjourns.

 Please bring pruning shears and prepare to be outside; rain or shine.

 Pruning Workshop Schedule for 2016:
Date / Time:    12 January 2016   / 1:00 – 3:30 pm

Lazy Days Winery
1351 N Amherst Hwy, Amherst, VA 2452

Date / Time:     13 January 2016 / 1:00 – 3:30 pm

AHS Jr. AREC
595 Laurel Grove Road,
Winchester, VA 22602
            
Contact: There is no registration or fee for either workshop. Please contact Tremain Hatch with any questions (540) 869-2560 x11. 

If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact Tremain Hatch, AHS Jr. AREC at (540) 869-2560 ext. 11 during business hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. to discuss accommodations 5 days prior to the event.

*TDD number is (800) 828-1120

 B. Virginia Vineyards Association’s Winter Technical Meeting

The VVA’s winter technical meeting is just around the corner, 28-30 January 2016. Meeting location again is the Omni Hotel in Charlottesville. The technical program includes research updates, some contemporary recommendations on vine fertility management; an afternoon session on adapting varieties to Virginia’s challenging climate; and much more. As an “on” year for (Virginia) private pesticide recertification, the program includes sessions that will be meet recertification credit needs. The full program and registration information are available on the Virginia Vineyards Association’s website.  Hope to see you there!

C.  Save the Date - Grape IPM workshop

16 February 2016

Virginia Cooperative Extension Specialists will review pest management considerations for a full day IPM workshop.  The morning of review will be followed by interactive pest management scheduling for the 2016 growing season.

 We will have only one IPM meeting this year, centrally located at Early Mountain Vineyards near Madison VA. 

The meeting will begin at 9:30 am.

What: 2016 Vineyard IPM Workshop

When: 16 February 2016, beginning at 9:30am

Where: Early Mountain Vineyards

This workshop will take place indoors- bring a notepad, writing utensils, bagged lunch and a copy of your spray program from last year.

 There is no fee for the workshop; however, please confirm your participation by sending a message to Tremain Hatch Thatch@vt.edu by 12 February 2016. This will help with printed handouts etc.

 Please address questions to Tremain Hatch thatch@vt.edu

 If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact Tremain Hatch, AHS Jr. AREC at (540) 869-2560 ext. 11 during business hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. to discuss accommodations 5 days prior to the event.

*TDD number is (800) 828-1120