Grape Blog - July 7th, 2011

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Are you thinking about getting into grape production – or expanding your operation… there are many things to consider. Where will you market your grapes, Are you planning to make wine?, What varieties will grow well in your area?, How do you select the proper fields and prepare them for grapevine production? A few of these questions can be answered by following this simplified Grape Growers Checklist put together by the Virginia State Extension Department.

For some 'local' information on wine grape varieties and establishing vineyards in Nova Scotia you can find many resources at our AgraPoint website.
One of our horitculturists, John Lewis has put together a factsheet entitled an Introduction to Grape Growing in Nova Scotia.

There is alot of buzz about organic production so if you are thinking about going organic there are some excellent resources available on the ATTRA –National Sustainable Agriculture Information website.

At this point in the season it's time to think about disease prevention in the vineyard, for some extra information on grape diseases there are some excellent factsheets at the Virginia Extension Website. The Cornell Cooperative Extension Website also has an excellent IPM Guide to Grape Disease Management.

If you have any information you'd like to share with other growers or info you'd like to see covered in this blog post - please feel free to leave a comment below!

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