Thank you for those of you attended our IPM meeting at Stone Tower Winery despite of cold weather! Also, we really appreciate the great hospitality of Mike, Kristi, Bryan, and the Stone Tower team! We had a really nice meeting. If you would like to have handouts (Power Point presentation), please click the following links. (Note: I added Dr. Derr's presentation on March 29th) 1) Dr. Doug Pfeiffer's Insect IPM 2) Jhalendra and Dr. Chris Bergh's Grape Root Borer study 3) Bill's VA SWAG (aka Sustainable Workbook) 4) Mizuho Nita's Fungicide Trials 5) Dr. Jeff Derr's Weed management IPM Also, it's a reminder that we have another IPM meeting in the central VA, as well as a beginner's workshop here at Winchester AREC. I hope to see you there. What: Integrated Pest Management (IPM) workshop in Central Virginia When: 9:30 – 4 pm, 9 April 2013 Where: Barren Ridge Vineyards, http://www.barrenridgevineyardsva.com/contact/directions/ Detai
Please see the article in this link about the risk of 17-year cicada risks for this year. Looks like many counties east of Blue Ridge Mountains are in high risk zone. They lay eggs on branches (including grape canes), and young tender branches are more susceptible. If you have a young vineyard (1-2 years old) in the high risk zone, you may want to consider to take an action to protect your vines (grow-tubes, netting, extra shoots, etc). Please see Doug's article (about 2004 outbreak) for more details. Please consult with your local extension agents about the risk of your region.
I am in the process of updating my fungicide workbook for the upcoming season. I have made a few changes on the template for fungicide scheduling. Since many people want to have an Excel (or other spreadsheet) version of it. I created a link of a template (just a form for printing) , as well as a Google Document (You can download the file from this page). You can also have an access to the template from the link on the right hand side of this blog. Also, just a reminder that we will have two IPM meetings, and one is coming up this week. Please see this posting for more information .
Our lab is seeking a part-time Agricultural Technician at AHS AREC in Winchester, VA . The deadline has been extended because another lab in our station is looking for a very similar position, and we decided to coordinate our effort. Position requires knowledge (or willingness to learn) of vineyard oriented fieldwork, as well as basic laboratory skills that may include fungal culture transfer, PCR, etc. Review of applications will begin on 1 March 2013 and will continue until position is filled. To view required and preferred qualifications, and to apply for position, complete the application online at https://listings.jobs.vt.edu/postings/38075 by 22 March 2013. Virginia Tech is an equal opportunity affirmative action institution.
A postdoctoral position is available at our lab at AHS Agricultural Research and Extension Center of the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech). The job is located at Winchester, VA, which is approximately 60 miles west of Washington D.C. There are three main research projects. Selection of the core research project will depend on the interest and strength of the candidate. The first is a histopathology of ripe rot pathogens of grape ( Colletotrichum acutatum and C. gloeosporioides ) using light microscopy, SEM, GFP-transformed isolates, and real-time PCR. The second is an investigation of fungicide QoI resistance level of ripe rot pathogens in VA vineyards using bioassays, PCR, and sequencing. The third is a development of leaf wetness model using predicted temperature, relative humidity, and precipitation from NOAA’s RTMA (real-time mesoscale analysis) data. This position is initially available for two years with potential renewal based on satisfa
Our lab is seeking a part-time Agricultural Technician at AHS AREC in Winchester, VA . Position requires knowledge and experience with vineyard oriented fieldwork, as well as laboratory skills that includes fungal culture transfer, PCR, etc. Review of applications will begin on 1 March 2013 and will continue until position is filled. To view required and preferred qualifications, and to apply for position, complete the application online at https://listings.jobs.vt.edu/postings/38075 by 10 March 2013. Virginia Tech is an equal opportunity affirmative action institution.