Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Presentation slides from today's virtual meeting, and upcoming meetings

Thank you to those of you who were able to join our virtual meeting today.

Please click this link for a copy of my presentation (will open a new window with a pdf file).

The link to the trunk disease web application is here (will open a new window).

There was a discussion in the chatbox on Topsin-M's new federal label, which includes the paint and spray application to pruning wounds. This means that you no longer need to use the special (18c) label for the dormant application. Please click this link to download the new label for your record (will open a new window), if you wish to use Topsin-M to protect pruning wounds. The label has been approved by the VDACS for use in Virginia. If you have vineyards in other states, please check with the local extension office.

The list below shows upcoming meetings in the next few months. We will come up with dates for IPM workshops soon.

Eastern Viticulture and Enology Forum 

Cornell and Penn State Extension are teaming up to create the Eastern Viticulture and Enology Forum – a monthly webinar series that will bring you the latest in research results in viticulture and enology, with a focus on concepts that underlie the practical aspects of growing grapes and making wine.

Next Webinar: January 20, 2021

Grapevine Nutrition: Nutrient Requirements, Tissue Tests and Mycorrhizae

Dr. Paul Schreiner, Plant Physiologist, USDA ARS, Corvallis, OR.  


For a list of upcoming Webinars from Cornell and Penn State: 

Wine Sensory Analysis Workshop

Sensory session co-hosted by Dr. Beth Chang, Virginia Tech enology extension specialist, and Dr. Joy Ting, Virginia Winemakers Research Exchange research enologist 

Workshop Sensory Session:

Thursday, January 21st, 2 - 3:30PM -- RSVP: 

For the sensory sessions, we kindly request a limit of 1-2 representatives per winery. This is a modified version of the program previously held on 12/11/19. Participants will need to procure grocery store items (~$10).

We thank the Virginia Wine Board for funding this initiative.

If you are in need of special services to participate in this activity, please contact Beth Chang at to discuss accommodations at least 5 days prior to the event.

Virginia Vineyards Association, Virtual Winter Technical meeting

VVA Winter Technical Meeting Set for Feb. 25-26

Due to the pandemic, the VVA Board has decided to move the 2021 Winter Technical Meeting from an in-person meeting to a two-day virtual one. The upcoming meeting will be held Feb. 25 and 26. The annual gathering is typically held every February and is attended by wine grape growers, educators, viticulture experts and vendors. The VVA Board is currently in the planning stages regarding the agenda and technical details, and will communicate more to the VVA membership in early winter. Meeting registration will open in mid-January. Check the website and your email for updates. 

Grape Disease Management Workshops, Spring 2021 (late March ~ early April)

In addition to the one to be offered during the VVA meeting, we are planning to have one grape IPM workshop, one grape disease workshop, and one training workshop. Keep posted for details.  

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