Grapes Going Great Guns:
Wine and Juice Grape Outreach and Program Expansion
Extension Viticulturist Michelle Moyer and her team conducted a successful WSU Viticulture Field Day on August 10, 2018 at Schliperoot Farms. Co-hosted by WSU Viticulture Extension and the Washington Grape Society, the event focused on water in the vineyard, featuring demonstrations about water movement (in the soil and inside the grapevine), chemigation tips, converting from rill to drip irrigation, and pump technology.
This quarter also saw release of the Fall 2018 Viticulture and Enology Extension News (VEEN) (pdf). This newsletter, edited by Moyer, included articles about water quality and the impacts of saline and sodic soils, nematodes in the vineyard, pressure gauge practices, and nursery certification and quarantine harmonization.
Moyer and her colleagues are continuing to expand their work in wine, table, and raisin grapes by securing a 4-year, $4.75 million grant from the USDA Specialty Crop Research Initiative to launch the Fungicide Resistance Assessment, Mitigation and Extension (FRAME) Network, a nationwide partnership focused on fungicide resistance management.