Viticulture: Mike White

Mike White

Counties Served

Statewide

Areas of Expertise

Commercial winegrape emphasis in vineyard establishment, trellis design, canopy management, integrated pest management, fertility, vineyard mechanization and market development

Frequent Clients

Winegrape growers, wineries, vendors serving the winegrape industry, local elected officials; units of government' news media, general public; organizations, Extension staff and education agencies

Joined ISU Extension

October 1994

Extension Positions/Other Experience
  • USDA Soil Conservation Service, 5/77 - 5/81
  • Xi Sigma Pi Natural Resource Honor Society, 5/78
  • Land 'O Lakes agronomy salesman, 5/81 - 1/84
  • Laverty Sprayers, crop consultant, 1/84 - 1/86
  • Lavery Elevator Inc., agronomy sales manager, 1/86 - 7/92
  • Heartland Co-op, chief agronomist, 7/92 - 10/94.
  • ISU Extension Area Crops Specialist 10/94 - 5/02
  • ISU Extension Area Crops Specialist & State Viticulture Specialist, 5/02 - 5/07
  • ISU Extension State Viticulture Specialist, 5/07 - present
  • Iowa State Fair Commerical Wine Judge, 2012 - 2015
  • Illinois State Fair Commerical Wine Judge, 2014
  • Wisconsin State Fair Commerical Wine Judge, 2014 - 2015
  • ISU Midwest Grape & Wine Industry Institute Wine Sensory Panelist
  • Certified Professional Agronomist, CPAg - American Society of Agronomy
  • Certified Crop Advisor, CCA - American Society of Agronomy
  • Certified Specialist of Wine, CSP - Society of Wine Educators
  • Member - American Society of Enology & Viticulture
  • Member - Iowa Christmas Tree Growers Association
  • Member - Iowa Honey Producers Association
  • Ex-officio Board Member - Iowa Wine Growers Association
  • Advisor - Viticulture Enology Science & Technology Alliance (VESTA)
Education
  • Red Oak , Iowa High School graduate, 5/73
  • A.S. Iowa Western Community College, Council Bluffs Ia., 5/75
  • B.S. Forest Management , Iowa State University, Ames Ia., 5/78
  • M.A. Agronomy, Iowa State University, Ames Ia., 12/89.
Awards/Honors/Publications
  • Certified Professional Agronomist, CpAg
  • Certified Crop Advisor, CCA
  • Iowa Certified Pesticide Applicator, categories: 1A, 1B, 1C, 1D, 10, 02, 30T, 05, 06, 7C
  • Semi-tractor trailer Commercial Drivers License
  • Iowa Notary Public; Iowa Real Estate License
  • Xi Sigma Pi Natural Resource Honor Society, 5/78
  • Soil Conservation Service Certificate of Merit, 1/81
  • Citation of Appreciation from Indianola , Ia. FFA Chapter, 4/89
  • Indianola Ia. Chamber of Commerce Volunteer of the Year in 1990
  • ISU Certificate of Appreciation for Paper presented at 1991 ISU Crop Production and Protection Conference, 12/91
  • ISU Extension CRP Committee Achievement award, 11/97
  • "Methods For Interseeding Legumes and Grasses Into CRP" paper presented at ISU Crop Production Conference, 11/97
  • ISU Extension Team Achievement Award for "Improving Equipment to Lower Nitrogen Applications," 2001
  • Appreication of Service Award - Iowa Wine Growers Association, 2004
  • ISU Extension Achievement for work with the Iowa Grape & Wine Industry, 2005
  • ISU Extension Achievement by an Educational Team as Team Teaching Member of "The John Deere in Tune with Agriculture Institute," 2007
  • American Society of Agronomy Certificate of Excellence for "Midwest Grape Management" computer software module, 2009
Extension Publications
  • The Internet: Communications For The Future, 4/96
  • Muskthistle Control In Grass Pastures, 5/96
  • Multiflora Rose Control in Grass Pastures, 6/96
  • Canada Thistle Control In Grass Pastures, 1/97
  • Methods of Interseeding Legumes into CRP Sod, ISU CRP-20, 10/97
  • Rate Variability of Anhydrous Ammonia Applicator Equipment, ISU Pm-1747, 11/97
  • Interseeding Small Seeded Forages Into Sod with Conventional Corn/Soybean Planters, ISU CRP-21, 3/98.
  • Editor - ISU Wine Grower News newsletter, 5/07 to present
  • Estimating Grape Yield, ISU Midwest Grape & Wine Industry Institute, 7/10
  • Canopy Management Concepts, ISU Midwest Grape & Wine Industry Institute, 2/12
  • 101 Iowa Grape & Wine Industry Facts, ISU Midwest Grape & Wine Industry Facts, 8/13
  • Winter Injury to Grapevines & Methods of Prevention, ISU Midwest Grape & Wine Industry Institute, 10/14
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