The Maryland Grape Growers Association (MGGA) will hold its annual Summer Field Day on Saturday, June 15, from 8:30am to 5:00pm at Harford Vineyard and Winery in Forest Hill, Maryland. This hands-on learning opportunity will provide current and future vineyard owners, operators, and managers throughout the mid-Atlantic region with the latest information on Integrated Pest Management, insect recognition and control, equipment safety, and much more.
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 Maryland. Among them:
Dr. Joe Fiola, Viticulture and Small Fruit Specialist with the University of Maryland will present a session on integrated pest management. This topic includes scouting current vineyard conditions, assessing canopy management, and evaluating options for disease and pest control.
Dr. David Myers, Associate Professor of Plant Science with the University of Maryland will discuss the unforgiving nature of machinery and the common mistakes and oversights that can lead to injury and worse on the farm. Dr. Myers will also present a session on pesticide and herbicide application including the correct setup and use of sprayer technology.
Private and Commercial Pesticide Applicator Recertification credits are anticipated, but currently pending, for the session presented by Dr. Myers. Licensed attendees should bring their licenses with them to the event. These credits are not available to those who do not already hold either a pesticide or nutrient management license.
Dr. Anne Nielsen, Tree and Small Fruit Entomologist with Rutgers University will present a session on vineyard insect pests, including how to recognize them, when to expect them, and how to control them. The discussion will cover common, new and anticipated pests likely to call mid-Atlantic vineyards home this year.
Kevin Mooney, owner and operator of Harford Vineyard and Winery will host the vineyard walk. A winery tour and tasting are included. Harford Vineyard and Winery was founded in 2003 and is located in the heart of the Piedmont wine region in Harford County at 1311 West Jarrettsville Road in Forest Hill, Maryland.
Pre-registration for the Summer Field Day is open through June 6th at a cost of $35 for current MGGA members and $45 for non-members. On-site “at-the-door” registration begins at 8:30am at a cost of $45 for current MGGA members and $55 for non-members. A continental breakfast will be provided. Attendees should bring a lunch, beverages, and a lawn chair. Clothing and shoes appropriate for a day in the vineyard are recommended and adequate sun protection is strongly encouraged.
To pre-register online, and for more information including mail-in forms, a detailed agenda, and driving directions, visit http://www.marylandgrapes.org.
About the Maryland Grape Growers Association:
The Maryland Grape Growers Association (MGGA), founded in 1981, is a non-profit organization of grape growers and winemakers that have joined together to promote Maryland’s winegrowing industry. Understanding that premium wines can only be made from premium grapes, the MGGA’s primary objective is to provide its members with the information and skills necessary to produce outstanding fruit for the state’s wineries.
In addition, by collaborating with the Maryland Wineries Association, the University of Maryland, and Maryland Department of Agriculture, the MGGA strives to illustrate the economic and environmental benefits that grape growing provides to the land, our family farms, the state, and its citizens.
For more information, visit http://www.marylandgrapes.org or follow the MGGA on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/marylandgrapes.