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Grape Dormant Pruning Workshop to be Held at Rolling Hills Vineyard

March 12, 2013

Grape Dormant Pruning Workshop to be Held at Rolling Hills Vineyard

Saturday, March 30, 2013 at 9:30 am New Salem Community Center

Dormant pruning of grapes is the first critical step in managing crop level and shoot health for the coming season, and for which there is no substitute. This workshop, sponsored by Illinois Grape Growers and Vintners Association (IGGVA), Western Illinois Grape Producer Associated Cooperation (WIGPAC), University of Illinois Extension and Illinois Department of Agriculture will introduce balanced pruning and teach ways to monitor and establish vine balance for efficient and sustainable yields of high quality wine grapes. Using dormant pruning as a method to establish a platform for accomplishing efficient canopy management operations for the season that follows will also be taught. Providing instruction for this workshop will be Dan Becker. Dan is well known to Illinois grape growers from his time working on his Master's degree with Dr. Brad Taylor at SIUC on establishing and maintaining vine balance with cover crop systems. .

Workshop participants will initially meet at the New Salem Community Center, then walk or drive a short distance to the vineyard. Registration fees will be taken at the door starting at 9:30 am and will be $25.00 for individual IGGVA members or $30.00 per vineyard or non-IGGVA member. Make checks payable to WIGPAC. The program is scheduled to run from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, including lunch. Please RSVP Gene Meyer at gkmeyer1@frontier.com or 217-285-4141 for an accurate lunch count.

From I-72 just north of Pittsfield, take Exit 31 north for 3 miles. Cross the railroad tracks and turn right on Douglas. The Community Center is on the left side at the intersection of Bennett and Douglas. Don't forget to dress for the weather, since the workshop time will be spent partially in the vineyard. This is a hands on workshop, and participants are encouraged to bring their personal gear, including pruners, gloves and work boots.

For more details or if disability accommodations are required, please contact Elizabeth Wahle at (618) 344-4230 or by email at wahle@illinois.edu.

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