MARYDEL, Del. — The Maryland Grape Growers Association will hold its annual Summer Field Day from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 21, at Harvest Ridge Winery.
The event will provide current and future vineyard owners, operators and managers throughout the mid-Atlantic region with the information on control and equipment safety, integrated pest management and insect recognition, according to a news release from MGGA.
Preregistration for the Summer Field Day is now under way at $35 for current MGGA members and $45 for nonmembers. Onsite, at-the-door registration begins at 8:30 a.m. on the day of the event at $45 for current MGGA members and $55 for nonmembers. To preregister online or for more information, visit www.marylandgrapes.org.
Participation in this meeting will satisfy the full recertification training requirements of eight credits for applicators certified in Category 1A (Agricultural Plant). It also meets the full recertification training requirements of four credits for individuals certified as private applicators. Licensed attendees should bring their licenses with them to the event. These credits are not available to those who do not already hold an appropriate pesticide applicator license, according to the release.
In addition to a walking tour and current situation assessment of the vineyard, the program will include a number of sessions on topics important to grape growers in the Mid-Atlantic region.
Joe Fiola, viticulture and small fruit specialist of University of Maryland, will present a session on integrated pest management. The topic includes scouting current vineyard conditions, assessing canopy management and evaluating options for disease and pest control.
Bill Rohrer, president of AgroLab and past president of the MGGA, will discuss the use of petiole and soil sampling to evaluate vineyard nutrition. The interpretation of test results and the formulation of a nutrition action plan also will be covered.
Joyce Rigby, viticulturist with Harrisburg Community College, will present an in-depth look at summer season vineyard management with the goal of optimizing fruit quality using essential canopy management and disease control practices.
Dr. Gordon Johnson will provide the latest pesticide updates for the Mid-Atlantic region.
The meeting will conclude with a tour of the Harvest Ridge Winery operation and tastings of select Harvest Ridge wines.
A continental breakfast will be provided. Bring your lunch, beverages and a lawn chair. Clothing and shoes appropriate for a day in the vineyard are recommended, and adequate sun protection is encouraged.