MSU research experts to discuss grape production in Michigan

posted on July 25, 2012 10:49am


BENTON HARBOR, Mich. – Juice and wine grapes will be the talk of a day-long seminar at the Southwest Michigan Research and Extension Center’s (SWMREC) 23rd annual Viticulture Field Day on July 25.

The event, sponsored by the Michigan Grape Society and Michigan State University Extension, includes various workshops on subjects such as trellis construction, fungicide timing and cost-saving machinery. Sessions, in both the morning and afternoon, will be led by MSU AgBioResearch scientists Tom Zabadal, Bernard Zandstra, David Francis, Annemiek Schilder, Rufus Isaacs and Paolo Sabbatini, and viticulture experts Dan Nitz, Jenny Wells, Diane Brown, Glenn Davis, and Michigan Grape Society directors Steve Tomac, Coleman Hunt and Mike deSchaaf.

Due to the lack of rain in many areas in Michigan, organizers have added a special workshop on low-cost irrigation of newly planted vineyards. This hour-long session will begin at 8 a.m. Registration is required by emailing Diane Dings at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or calling 269.944.1477, ext. 203.

Equipment demonstrations will take place at 1:15 p.m. The day will conclude with a Lake Michigan Shore Wine Showcase at 4:45 p.m., followed by a steak cookout at 5:15.

The cost for the field day, which includes a Michigan Grape Society membership, is $35 before July 13 and $45 after July 13. The fee for current society members is $25. The public is invited to attend.

To register, call 269-944-1477, ext. 201, or visit

Located at 1791 Hillandale Rd. in Benton Harbor, SWMREC is one of 14 Michigan State University (MSU) AgBioResearch centers located across Michigan that support the work of more than 300 scientists in six colleges: Agriculture and Natural Resources, Communication Arts and Sciences, Engineering, Natural Science, Social Science and Veterinary Medicine.  

MSU AgBioResearch engages in innovative, leading-edge research that combines scientific expertise with practical experience to generate economic prosperity, sustain natural resources, and enhance the quality of life in Michigan, the nation and the world.



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