Here's a snip from Tony's Viticulture Note newsletter: If you wish to have a link to the meeting, please send me an email. (Due to the security concern, I prefer not posting the link on the website.) Looking forward to seeing you virtually!
Virginia Cooperative Extension will host a series of virtual vineyard meetings using Zoom video conferencing starting Thursday, 7 May. We are planning for the meetings to run about 90 minutes and will feature updates from Virginia Tech specialists, with ample time allowed for questions, answers/discussion. The meeting on 7 May will start at noon and meeting invitation details are shown below. If you are new to using Zoom, you can access the meeting with desktop or mobile devices by clicking the link after "Join Zoom Meeting". You may also call in using phone numbers shown below in the invitation, but be advised that these are NOT toll-free calls.
Planned topics for Thursday, May 7th include:
- frost updates and early season vineyard management considerations in light of a cool start to season (T. Wolf)
- early-season disease management (M. Nita)
- early-season pest management considerations (D. Pfeiffer)
- Review of recent questions from the field (T. Hatch)
In advance of next week's meeting, we would like to invite you to submit digital photos of things that you might be seeing in your vineyards and that you might have questions about. Along with our updates, we could discuss these pictures together and try to provide relevant feedback and recommendations. This could include pictures of disease, insects or insect injury, or other vineyard issues. If you submit photos of any issues you are seeing, please include any pertinent information and your specific question(s). We will keep these photos anonymous, but read your question/comments about each image to the group. Of course, sharp and clear images will work best for this, and it would be ideal to receive photos by 10:00 am on Thursday the 7th. You may also submit questions in advance or ask them during the course of the meeting via the Chat feature within Zoom.
We look forward to your participation next Thursday, and please mark your calendars for similar meetings on 21 May, and 4 and 18 June. Additional meetings will be scheduled as interest or need dictate. Presenters and topics will vary from meeting to meeting. We are pleased to partner with the Virginia Vineyards Association in hosting these meetings. Please note that the meeting on the 7th of May was originally listed as May 4th on the VVA website.