2016 MGGA Viticulture Field Day & MGGA/MVA Annual Meetings
The Missouri Grape Growers Viticulture Field Day is scheduled for June 14, 2016.
Featured Educational Presentations
How Important Is Canopy Management?
Is it sometimes OK to skip or is it truly essential for wine quality and the health of your vineyard? Dr. James Wolpert, the recipient of numerous awards and author of more than 50 scientific and technical publications, will detail the importance of managing vineyard canopy. Jim worked as a Viticulture Extension Specialist where he was responsible for applied research and grower education programs for wine grapes in northern California. He later served as Chair of the Department of Viticulture & Enology for ten years where he held the title of Marvin Sands Endowed Department Chair. Jim retired from UC Davis in 2013, after 30 years of service and now lives in Hermann, Missouri.
Grape Berry Development, Composition & Viticulture Practices
Wine grape berry development is the most important process taking place in the vineyard during the growing season, a process that brings together the concerns of both the grower and the winemaker. Good-quality wine can only be made from good-quality grapes. While several factors impact grape quality, vineyard management practices used by the grower can have a very significant impact on berry development and composition. Andy Allen will help us review grape berry development and discuss how vineyard management affects fruit composition. With over 15 years of experience in viticulture, Andy has worked with grape growers throughout the Midwest and Southeast. He currently serves as Chair of the Viticulture and Enology Program at Arkansas Tech University-Ozark Campus.
Worker Protection Standards for Vineyard Workers: What You Need to Know
The Worker Protection Standard (WPS) is a regulation issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to protect people who are exposed to pesticides through their work. Shawn Hackett, FIFRA Project Officer will address these standards and changes coming in the future.
Programs for Vineyards from the USDA Farm Services;
Research Updates with Dr. Misha Kwasniewski, Assistant Research Professor & Enology Program Leader at the Grape & Wine Institute;
News & Updates from the Missouri Grape and Wine Board; Missouri Grape & Wine Alliance; and MO Dept of Agriculture.
Lunch is provided and included in the registration price.
We have several exhibitors who will be available for discussions and viewing of products and equipment during the entire day.
The day will end with a tour of Stone Hill vineyards and Wine Tasting.
8:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.Registration/Meet with Sponsors & Exhibitors
9:00 a.m. to 9:10 a.m.Welcome and Introductions
9:10 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.How Important Is Canopy Management? Presentation by James Wolpert, Ph.D., Extension Professor Emeritus and former chair of the Department of Viticulture and Enology, UC Davis.
10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.Grape Berry Development, Composition and Viticultural Practices. Presentation by Andy Allen, Chair of the Viticulture and Enology Program, Arkansas Tech University-Ozark Campus.
11:00 a.m. to 12: p.m.Worker Protection Standards for Vineyard Workers: What You Need to Know. Presentation by Shawn Hackett, EPA, FIFRA Project Officer.
12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.Lunch and Industry Updates
Grape & Wine Institute Updates
MO Wine Alliance
Missouri Vintners Association
Missouri Wine & Grape Board
Dept of Agriculture
USDA Farm Services Programs for Vineyards
1:15 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.MGGA Business Meeting
1:15 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. MVA Business Meeting
2:00 pm to 4:00 pmVineyard Tour Stone Hill
Review of Canopy Management, Berry Development and a look at Stone Hill Replanting Projects.
4:00 PM Grand Finale Tour of Stone Hill Winery & Tasting
Led by Dave Johnson, Senior Winemaker, Stone Hill.
Stone Hill Winery and Restaurant (View)
1110 Stone Hill Highway
Hermann, MO 65041