#164 - April 29, 2011

USDA - NRCS RC&D’s lose their Federal funding

The signing of the federal budget for the 2011 fiscal year could mean the end for many of the 375 Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D) councils that were operating in the U.S. The federal budget for 2011 did not include any federal funding for these councils that were first authorized by federal legislation in 1962 and had obtained allocations of $50.73 million annually since 2003.

Iowa has 17 RC&D areas. The federal budget, passed on April 8, zeroed out federal funding for these 17 national resource conservation and development programs across Iowa. These organizations had been federally funded through the Iowa Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) and each had a coordinator from the NRCS federal service. These area councils operated under of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA-NRCS). Individual area RC&D coordinators were being directed to work other assignments as of Monday, April 18.

As of this time these 17 RC&D offices will continue to operate with what they have from grants and local funding. Many of their services that were free is the past may have a fee associated with them in the future.


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10 Handy Online Trellis Installation Resources

This is for you folks who are or have planted your first vines this spring. You will want to get that trellis system up ASAP so that you can train the canes to the wire. This list of ten Online vineyard trellis construction resources should come in handy:

  1. Constructing a Vineyard Trellis, Dr. Paul Domoto, ISU 2002:
  2. Installing a Vineyard Trellis, Dr. Paul Domoto, ISU:
  3. Engineering a Modern Trellis System, Dr. Thomas Zabadal, Michigan State University: http://grapes.msu.edu/pdf/cultural/engineerTrellis.pdf
  4. Grape Training Systems, Univ. of Mo:
  5. Grape Trellis How-To’s by John Pennoch, JDL Sales, 2004 IWGA Annual Conference: http://viticulture.hort.iastate.edu/info/pdf/trellisinghowto.pdf
  6. Grape Arbors, Texas A & M Agri-LIFE Extension
  7. Design Your New Vineyard, Kentucky State University:
  8. Training & Trellising Grapes for Production in Washington = EBO367:
  9. Vineyard Establishment – Midwest Grape Production Guide, Ohio State Univ. Extension: http://ohioline.osu.edu/b919/0007.html
  10. Selecting & Constructing a Trellis System, Chapter 6 of Growing Grapes in Missouri, Missouri State University – Mountain Grove, 2003: http://mtngrv.missouristate.edu/Publications/grapeguide.pdf


Beginning vine/wine workshops - Kansas

When & Where:

May 2, 6-8pm - Wyldewood Cellars banquet room
On I-35 south of Wichita 951 E 119th St Peck, KS

May 9, 6-8pm: Dreher Family 4-H Building, Douglas County Fairgrounds
2110 Harper St, Lawrence, KS

May 16, 6-8pm Pratt Area 4-H Center 81 Lake Rd Pratt, KS

Who: Highland Community College & Kansas State Research & Extension

Topics: Information about growing grapes, making wine and the Kansas Wine Industry. During the workshop, we will focus on getting started in the industry as well as seasonal topics such as first spray application of the season, spray scheduling, pests and diseases, training vines, soil acidity, petiole sampling, cluster thinning and fruit load, irrigation systems, cover crops for between rows, and five things that must be done before planting a vineyard or opening a winery.

Cost: Free & Open to the public.

To RSVP: contact the local county extension agents or Scott Kohl at -
Scott Kohl, Wamego Campus Director
Highland Community College
Office: 785-456-6006, Fax: 785-456-6008 (Fax) or skohl@highlandcc.edu


Vignoles Workshop – University of Missouri, Columbia

When: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday, 5-2-11

Where: Eckles Hall Cafeteria, University of Missouri, Columbia

Who: Missouri Wine Technical Group

Cost: An annual group membership fee of $15.00 per member is due for those wishing to join and attend future workshops. Make checks payable to Missouri Wine Technical Group.

Registration and Details: http://missouriwine.org/industry/missouriwinetechnicalgroup

Sponsored by: Vitro: http://www.vitro.com/


Wine Chemistry Workshop – Missouri State Univ., Mtn Grove, MO

When: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday & Sunday, May 7 & 8, 2011

Where: Missouri State University - Mtn. Grove campus/Shannon Hall

Who: Dr. Barry Gump, Emeritus Professor - Fresno State University, Author of "Wine Analysis & Production", VESTA Co-PI and currently with Florida International University.

Join us for a full weekend of "Hands-On" laboratory experiences. Participants will have the opportunity to learn and perform the major wine chemistry tests, including; pH, TA, Brix, soluble solids, sulfur dioxide, ethanol, volatile acidity, residual sugar, and malolactic fermentation.

Cost: $150 each, Registration required. Class size limited to 24 people.

Registration Information: Space is limited so register early.

Driving/Dining and Lodging Information.

Contact: Carrie Crews - carriecrews@missouristate.edu ; 417-547-7509

Sponsored by: Viticulture Enology Science Technology Alliance (VESTA)


Canopy Management Workshop –Round Table - Cobden, IL

When: noon to 4p.m. Sunday, May 8, 2011

Where: Water Valley Vineyards, Cobden, IL
(Approximately 17 miles south of Carbondale on US Hwy. 51)

Who: Dr. Brad Taylor, Southern IL University - Carbondale

Cost: $20 for member of the Shawnee Hills Winegrape Association
$25 for non-members

Pre-Registration required: prior to Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Contact: Stephanie Roads 618-697-0270

Details: Contact Karen hand 618-995-9463, ext. 23

Sponsored by: Shawnee Hills Winegrape Association


Effective Vineyard Spraying Workshop – Ames, IA

(A short course for pesticide applicators)

When: 9a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday, May 21st, 2011
(Registration desk opens at 8:30 a.m.)

Who: Dr. Andrew Landers of Cornell University who directs
the Pesticide Application Technology Program at the
State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva, NY.
Dr. Landers is the author of “Effective Vineyard Spraying
– A Practical Guide for Growers”,
262 pp. Aug. 2010.

(Left) Dr. Andrew Landers of Cornell University

Where: ISU Horticulture Research Station, 55519 170th St. Ames
IA 50010 (515-232-4786). 3 miles north of Ames on
Hwy 69, turn east on 170th St. about 1.5 miles.


Cost: $60 each. (Maximum of 30 participants)
Participants are highly encouraged to bring the book,
Effective Vineyard Spraying to this workshop.
Copies of this book will be available for $44 at the
workshop if ordered at pre-registration. This is a20%
discount from the regular price.

Pre-registration and payment required: Limited to
the first 30 registration’s received. Contact Mike White to register here: mlwhite@iastate.edu or 515-681-7286

Sponsored by: ISU – Midwest Grape & Wine Industry Institute
ISU – Pest Management and the Environment


5th Annual Swine Festival

What: 5th Annual Swine Festival – where cork meets pork

When: 4-8 p.m. Saturday, 6-4-11

Where: Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC)

Cost: Price: $35.00, price includes one (1) free bottle of
wine (your choice). Admission also includes a
commemorative wine glass.
($20 for designated drive)

Sponsors: Iowa Pork Producers, HyVee, Hormel,
Lazer 103.3
and Lite 104.1

Complete Details: http://www.swinefestival.com/



Comprehensive Elderberry Workshop & Farm Tour 2011

When: Thursday & Friday June 9 & 10, 2011

Where: June 9 – American Legion Hall, 35 South 2nd Street, Hartsburg, MO
Ph: 573- 657-2960
June 10 – American Legion & Eridu Farms, 19010 S. Mackie Lane
Hartsburg, MO 65039

Presentations by: Researchers who have developed
superior elderberry strains
Elderberry Growers
Elderberry Processors

Cost: $25 each, Includes lunch & snacks.

Registration: required prior to June 1, 2011
Value-added sourcebook included in
registration packet.

Note: Camping Available - Live Music after the farm tour.

Details: Go to http://www.riverhillsharvest.com or call 573-424-9693

Sponsored by: Missouri Department of Agriculture & USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant Program

Misc. Elderberry Links:
Elderberry Economic Decision Model
, Center for AgroForestry, Univ. of MO at Columbia
Elderberry Wine Recipes
from Jack Keller
Elderberry Net: http://www.elderberry.net/
, Univ. of Kentucky publication, Oct. 2008
Elderberry Production in Quebec
, 79 slide ppt presentation by Agriculture Canada


Notable Quotables

  1. “2 groundbreaking studies show that women consistently outperform men in matters of odor identification and smell, and thus make better wine tasters.”
    From: Wine Talk: The (female) Nose, 4-27-11 – The Jerusalem Post
  2. ” another really strong class, showing why cabernet sauvignon is California's most highly regarded and most consistently rewarding wine.”

    “I also sense that more wineries are questioning the value that competitions provide both themselves and the audience they hope to reach.”

    “the more influential wine competitions of the near future won't be the largest and most embracing judgings, but the ones that focus on region.”

    From: Needed, A Re-evaluation of Wine Competitions , 4-27-11 - Mike Dunne,A Year in Wine Blog


Marketing Tidbits

  1. Deal Me In: Behind the Bargain-Hunting Audiences of Local Deal Sites, 4-21-11 – Nielsen Wire: (Statistics on Groupon and Living Social local coupon sites)
  2. Three Numbers Explain Why Facebook Just Launched A Groupon Clone, 4-26-11 – Business Insider
  3. “Relevance should not be our goal. In the minds of consumers, “relevant” is the low watermark. It’s the criterion for not sucking. The goal should be demonstrating that your company care about its customers.”
    From: Relevance Is Overated, 4-27-11 - e-mail Insider
  4. Social Media Has Little Impact on Online Retail Purchases [STUDY] , 4-28-11 - Mashable


Show n Tell

I was finally was able to meet up with Doug Bakker, owner & winemaker of Madison County Winery on Thursday, 4-28-11 to check out his new tasting room and micro-brewery. Doug is a former president of the Iowa Wine Growers Association who started planting his first vines in 2002. He has approximately 5 acres of vines planted – Vignoles, Marechal Foch and Steuben. A building was erected on the site in 2008 to house the wine making activities. The building that houses the tasting room was erected this spring. Their grand opening was held on Friday, 4-15-11. I think you will find the following pictures interesting and informative:

(Left) Original site of Madison County Winery and Vineyard. 11-6-01







(Left) Madison County Winery and Vineyard .3-16-11.








(Left) New Madison County Winery tasting room building build this spring. 3-16-11





(Left) Winery operations building built in 2008. 3-16-11





(Left) Doug Bakker stands behind his unique tasting room bar. The bar divides in half and is on wheels. One part or both parts can be moved onto the patio or into the back room for use or storage. Vertical light bars on front can be switched to 4 different colors.








(Left) The countertop of the bar was made of pieces of broken Madison County wine bottles mixed into a smooth finished concrete.








(Above) Doug Bakker pours a class of Twisted Vine Brewery beer in his tasting room. Twisted Vine Brewery is composed of 3 beer making friends of Doug’s who have leased a small amount of bonded space in his wine operations building for their micro-brewery. Iowa law now allows Iowa wineries also sell beer. 4-28-11

(Left) A last minute construction change installed wide window sills in the tasting room to allow people to use as narrow table tops. 4-28-11









(Left) Doug lets the weeds grow up early in the spring under the wire for soil erosion control in his south facing sloped vineyard. He waits until the weeds get fairly large each spring before killing with Roundup (glyphosate). The large weed carcasses and root systems also give additional erosion control. This early season weed growth competes very little with the growth of the vines. 4-28-11







(Left) A riddling rack is used as a wine display in the tasting room. 4-28-11









Articles of Interest

  1. Sonoma’s State University wine courses go online, 4-25-11 – North Bay Business Journal
  2. Travel tip: How to pack wine safely in your luggage, 4-25-11 - Australian Business Traveler
  3. Wine Kills Oral Bacteria on Contact, 10-2-2010 - The Science of Dentistry


Videos of Interest

  1. Sugar Clay Winery – Iowa’s Simple Pleasures, Thurman, IA, 3-31-11 Iowa Public Television, 6:12 min.: http://www.iptv.org/simplepleasures/story.cfm?id=2854&type=story&video=video
  2. Fireside Winery – Iowa’s Simple Pleasures, Marengo, IA, 4-28-11 Iowa Public Television, 5:15 min.: http://www.iptv.org/simplepleasures/story.cfm?id=1371&type=story&video=video
  3. Nebraska Family Winery – American Heartland, 12-8-10 national PBS, 4:45 min
    (documentary on Mac’s Creek Winery & Vineyard in Lexington, NE):


Neeto-Keeno WWW Stuff

  1. Grapes of Estonia ppt:
  2. Pandora – Free Internet Radio – select the music you want for your tasting room:
    (PS – I got this idea from Doug Bakker of Madison County Winery)


Calendar of Events:

4-(28 & 29) + 5-(5+6), Northern IL Spring Vineyard Tune-up Workshops, 4 locations. Contact: Illinois Grape Growers & Vintners Association – 217-782-6515

4-30 to 5-1, VESTA Winery Sanitation Workshop - Augusta, MO. Further Info: http://www.vesta-usa.org/main/index.php/current-students/calendar/icalrepeat.detail/2011/04/30/30/-/winery-sanitation-workshop

5-2, Vignoles Workshop – University of Missouri, Columbia. Eckles Hall Cafeteria, University of Missouri, Columbia. Details: http://missouriwine.org/industry/missouriwinetechnicalgroup

5-(5-8), Kothe Distilling Spring Workshop, Kothe Distilling Technologies, Chicago, IL.
Details & Registration: http://www.kothe-distilling.com/en/products/workshops/60-kothe-distilling-technologies-spring-2011-workshop

5-(7 & 8), Wine Chemistry Workshop – Missouri State Univ., Mtn Grove, MO. Viticulture Enology Science Technology Alliance (VESTA). Registration Information: Space is limited to 24 so register early. Contact : Carrie Crews - carriecrews@missouristate.edu; 417-547-7509

5-8, Canopy Management Workshop –Round Table – Water Valley Vineyards, Cobden, IL. Shawnee Hills Winegrape Association. Contact Karen hand 618-995-9463, ext. 23

5-(20-21), WineMaker Magazine Conference, Fess Parker DoubleTree Resort – Santa Barbara, CA. Full details and registration: http://www.winemakermag.com/conference

5-21, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Airblast Sprayer Workshop with Dr. Andrew Landers author of Effective Vineyard Spraying at the ISU Horticulture Research Station, Ames, IA. $60 each & $44 for the book. Max of 30 participants. Contact: Mike White at mlwhite@iastate.edu

6-4, 4-8 p.m., 5th Annual Swine Festival – where cork meets porkDes Moines Area Community College (DMACC) Details: http://www.swinefestival.com/

6-(4+5), Kothe Distilling Summer Workshop, Kothe Distilling Technologies, Chicago, IL. Details: : http://www.kothe-distilling.com/en/component/content/article/15-workshop-information/75-kothe-summer-2011-workshop

6-7, Viticulture Field Day, Missouri Grape Growers Assn. (MGGA) & the Institute for Continental Climate Viticulture & Enology (ICCVE). Details here: http://www.missourigrapegrowers.org/

6-(9+10), Comprehensive Elderberry Workshop & Farm Tour, American Legion Hall and Eridu Farms in Hartsburg, MO. Details at http://www.riverhillsharvest.com or call 573-424-9693

6-(20-24), American Society for Enology & Viticulture – Portola Hotel & Monterey Conference Center, Monterey, CA: http://asev.org/national-conference-2011/

7-(11-14), 36th American Society of Enology & Viticulture - Eastern Section Conference, 1 Sheraton Baltimore North Hotel Baltimore, Maryland. Details: http://www.asev-es.org/

8-24, Seedless Table Grape & Winegrape Field Day, Univ. of WI – Madison, West Madison Ag Rearch Station, Questions: Please check blog at: www.universitydisplaygardens.com for more information e-mail Judy at jreithrozell@wisc.edu or Rebecca at harbut@wisc.edu.


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Michael L. White,
ISU Extension Viticulture Specialist
909 East 2nd Ave. Suite E, Indianola, IA 50125-2892
ph: 515-961-6237, fax: 6017, cell: 515-681-7286

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