Thursday, March 26, 2020

Slide sets from recent extension meetings.

It looks like I forgot to upload my slides from recent extension meetings. So here you go!

1) Slides from VVA meeting on grape pathology research projects and grapeIPM
2) Slides from pruning workshop
3) Slides from IPM workshop 25 March 2020 
Note: for #3, I am posting one from yesterday (but not the one from Tuesday) since this one is more up-to-date.

As Tony mentioned yesterday, although we do not have a plan for face-to-face meetings at this point, we are available through email. Send me an email if you have questions regarding grape disease management. It would work better if you can send me pictures of affected grapevines. ;)

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Registration for today's meeting has been closed.

I cannot keep adding people at this point, so, I closed the registration. I am looking forward to seeing you via Zoom later today!!!

Monday, March 23, 2020

Reminder: online grape disease workshop tomorrow (3/24) from 1PM!

We will have an online grape disease management workshop tomorrow from 1 PM. Thank you for those of you who registered already. You should have received an email this morning. For those of you who registered today, I will send you an invitation email tonight. 

We will use the Zoom application (https://zoom.us/), which you can connect via a computer or smartphone, or tablet. In order for us to organize the event, please register using the form below:

Registration form for grape disease management workshop on 3/24/2020


Once you receive an invitation to join the conference, please click on the link in the invitation before the meeting. It may ask you to install Zoom application on your computer or smartphone or tablet.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

GrapeIPM.org Guest Account and upcoming grape disease management workshop


As I presented at the VVA meeting in February, our team has been working on an online disease management aid called grapeIPM.org. The main functions of the system are to help you keep track of your fungicide (and other pesticides) inventory, planning, usage, record-keeping, and reporting.

We are in the last stage of the developmental phase, and are welcoming users to test it out. There are some details to be polished, but most of the functions are available. I have been using it in the past two seasons, and I am surprised how it made my spray preparation and record-keeping easier.

If you wish to participate, please go to grapeIPM.org and request a new account. It is free for now. If you just want to see how it works, we created a guest account.

Username: guestvineyard
Password: VitisGu3st

If you find some errors or have some comments or suggestions, please let me know.

With all the restrictions on the gathering of people, I think it is a very good time for you to think about this year's spray plan. ;)

Speaking of which, I will have a hands-on workshop on the 24th starting at 1PM. We will use Zoom application (https://zoom.us/), which you can connect via a computer or smartphone. In order for us to organize the event, please register using the form below:

Registration form for grape disease management workshop on 3/24/2020
(Note, there is an error in my part to restrict the entry earlier. I fixed the issue, and the form should be open to everybody.)

Once you register, we will send an invitation to the meeting, a day or two before the meeting. Please click on the link in the invitation before the meeting. It may ask you to install Zoom application on your computer or smartphone or tablet.

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Changes in upcoming grape disease management workshop on the 24th and 26th

The meetings on the 24th and 26th of this month will be consolidated into one ONLINE meeting on the 24th from 1 PM. We will use Zoom application (https://zoom.us/), which you can connect via a computer or smartphone. In order for us to organize the event, please register using the form below:

Registration form for grape disease management workshop on 3/24/2020

 If you have registered with Ms. Beth Sastre, we already have your name.

Once you register, we will send an invitation to the meeting. Please click on the link in the invitation before the meeting. It may ask you to install Zoom application on your computer or smartphone or tablet.

Sorry for any inconvenience it may cause.

Saturday, February 8, 2020

Upcoming VCE Vineyard meetings

Upcoming Vineyard Meetings

a)    17-18 Feb      Central Virginia UvaSapians (fee)

b)    19-21 Feb.     VVA Winter Technical (fee)

c)    27 Feb.          VT/VCE Vineyard Pruning Workshop – Winchester, VA

d)    10-12 March Eastern Wine Exposition – Lancaster PA (fee)

e)    14 March      Pruning Competition  -Abingdon, VA

f)     24 March      Interactive grape disease management planning workshop (in English)

g)    25 March       VT/VCE Vineyard IPM workshop– Charlottesville, VA

h)    26 March      Interactive grape disease management planning workshop (in Spanish)

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More Information

a)    17-18 Feb      Central Virginia UvaSapians (fee)

Hosted by the Monticello Wine Trail Association, but growers from across the mid-Atlantic are welcome to register.  Dates and the registration link are below.

Monday, Feb. 17, 2020 - 8:00 AM-4:00 PM (Winter Pruning)

Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020 - 8:00 AM-4:00 PM (Winter Pruning)

Tuesday, May 12, 2020 - 8:00 AM-4:00 PM (Spring Follow-Up)

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 - 8:00 AM-12:00 PM (Spring Follow-Up)

Questions: contact Joseph Geller jgeller@trumpwinery.com

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pruning-school-featuring-uvasapiens-vineyard-consulting-team-tickets-89250577881 

Registration is open until Feb 7th, space is limited to 40 participants and is expected to fill up fast

b)    19-21 Feb.     VVA Winter Technical (fee)

Virginia Vineyards Association’s winter technical meeting:

Reminder:   Make plans to attend the 2020 Virginia Vineyards Association winter technical meeting, 19 – 21 February 2020. The meeting will be held at the Omni Hotel in downtown Charlottesville. A notable change from past meetings is the day earlier start of the meeting, with a conclusion on Friday afternoon rather than Saturday.  Registration, lodging, and other information is provided on the VVA website, here: https://virginiavineyardsassociation.org/


c)    27 Feb.          VT/VCE Vineyard Pruning Workshop

What:  Vineyard Pruning Workshop

When:  27 February 2019

Snow date (4 March 2019)

1 pm start

Where:            AHS Jr. AREC

595 Laurel Grove Rd

Winchester VA 22602

Team taught workshop will have indoor sessions to talk about the fundamentals of pruning grapevines, followed by guided practice in the field.  We will prune mature vinifera on VSP with cordon training and head training.  We have some hybrids trained to a high-wire to prune as well.

This workshop has an outdoor component; please bring pruners, gloves, safety glasses and be prepared to be outside.

This is a free workshop, please RSVP to help us plan: https://forms.gle/XLw1nojzaJ4RU9sC8

Questions: Contact 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) 232-6032 during business hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations 10 days prior to the event.

d)    10-12 March 2020-Eastern Winery Exposition in Lancaster PA

Conference, trade show and more

https://easternwineryexposition.com/

e)    14 March      Pruning Competition

Abingdon Vineyards is hosting a Mid-Atlantic Pruning Workshop and Competition beginning at 1 pm on March 14, 2020.

Our workshop and competition is open to all amateur and professional vine pruners. The day will begin with a short pruning workshop and demonstration followed by the competition, celebration and awards ceremony. The top six contestants in the first round will advance to the “Prune Off” round. The highest score of this round will win the title of Grand Champion. Although it is a competition our goal is to create a fun educational event for all levels of experience to enjoy.

The Competition
The Pruning Competition will start with a welcome from the judges and a review of sample spur pruned vines with good/bad cuts set up in the vineyard. After a short question and clarification session, the competition will begin. Contestants will then cut eight vines for time; that time will be converted into points. The judges will then review each vine- awarding additional points for correct cuts or spur positioning and subtracting points for errors. Prizes are yet to be determined. Guidelines are attached following the Felco East and West Pruning criteria.

For more information, registration, judging, or sponsorship please contact:

Adam Bolt

info@abingdonvineyards.com

f)     24th March, Interactive grape disease management planning workshop (in English). 

The meeting will take place at Loudoun County Extension Office, 750 Miller Dr SE suite f-3, Leesburg, VA 20175, contact person: Beth Sastre (Beth.Sastre@loudoun.gov )

g)    25 March 2020- VT/VCE Vineyard IPM workshop

Save the date: 25 March 2020

Vineyard IPM workshop – Team taught by the Virginia Tech Vineyard and Pest Management Specialist.

Trump Vineyards

Questions: Contact 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) 232-6032 during business hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations 10 days prior to the event.

h.)    26th March, Interactive grape disease management planning workshop (in Spanish). 
The meeting will take place at Loudoun County Extension Office, 750 Miller Dr SE suite f-3, Leesburg, VA 20175, contact person: Beth Sastre (Beth.Sastre@loudoun.gov ).

Thursday, January 2, 2020

Happy New Year and slides from Loudoun County Private Pesticide Certification Course

Happy New Year!
I hope we will have a nice 2020 season.

Here are slides from a Private Pesticide Certification course that was held on 17 December 2019 at Loudoun County. The link will open a pdf file in Google Drive.