HENDERSONVILLE, N.C.–North Carolina is home to 186 wineries and provides an economic impact of $1.97 billion annually. To help growers stay competitive and current in the wine industry, NC Cooperative Extension is offering a day long school highlighting various areas of grape production. The agenda includes the following:
9:00-10:00 Vineyard Weed Management: Wayne Mitchem, Research and Extension, NCSU
10:00-11:00 Late Season Fruit Rots: Bill Cline, Plant Pathology Extension Specialist, NCSU
11:15-12:15 Vineyard IPM: Pests and Diseases: Dr. Mark Hoffman, Small Fruits Extension Specialist, NCSU
12:15-1:00 Lunch and Networking: Great Food for Any Mood Catering
1:00-2:00 Vinifera Varieties & Rootstocks for Western NC: Dr. Cain Hickey, Professor of Viticulture, UGA
2:00-2:45 Desired Grape Qualities/Varieties from Field to Bottle: Stephen Rigby, Yadkin Valley Wine Company Vintner
2:45-3:15 Vineyard Pruning Demo, Spur vs Cane Pruning: Dr. Cain Hickey
Location: Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards, 588 Chestnut Gap Rd, Hendersonville, NC
Date and Time: February 28, 2018 8:00am-4:30pm; Registration starts at 8:00am
Registration Information: Register by calling the Henderson Co. Extension office at 828-697-4891 or you can register online at http://go.ncsu.edu/hcgrapeschool2018.
Lunch included. $20 registration fee the day of the event.
–Karen Blaedow, Henderson County Center