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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Just wanted to post a reminder that the Early Bird Registration for the Atlantic Wine Symposium at the end of the Month is Halifax is closing on May 14th. Please don't miss this opportunity to hear some great guest speakers and to network with other grape growers in the region! You can check out all the details on their website.

Also wanted to pass along the information about a webinar that may be of interest that's taking place tomorrow afternoon:

Innovative Under Vine Management Strategies Webcast • 3:00-3:45 Dr. Tony Wolf, Virginia Tech Intrarow cover crops and other practices to favorably alter vine growth and canopy architecture The presentation will focus on research and grower experience using intrarow or under-trellis cover crops to (a) reduce soil erosion and to (b) suppress vegetative growth of vigorous grapevines under conditions of excess soil moisture. The discussion will also describe how canopy architecture is favorably altered by such treatments which can have a bearing on fruit composition and wine quality attributes such as color density, but also on pest management.

• 3:45-4:30 Dr. Ian Merwin, Cornell University Vineyard Floor Management and Soil Health Different systems for managing vineyard soils and ground-cover vegetation influence soil fertility and functionality, soil water retention and release, soil biological activity, vine nutrition, vigor and berry composition, and the natural environment around vineyards and wineries. This presentation will describe some long-term effects of mulches, legume ground-covers, mechanical tillage, and different herbicides on important soil attributes that are often called 'soil health'. In addition, research on pesticide contamination of soils and surface water around vineyards will be reviewed, and suggestions will be made on ground-cover management systems that promote vine and soil health.

Date: May 10, 2012 Times: 3:00 to 4:30 PM EST. This webinar is hosted by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County and sponsored by the USDA Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program. The presentation will begin promptly at 3:00 PM, Eastern Standard Time (EST).

Register with Libby Tarleton at LT68@cornell.edu

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