#165 - May 6, 2011

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TracGrape IPM software no longer free, but still a bargain

Each spring since 2008, I have sent out a reminder to download the latest version of the “free” TracGrape pest management, fertilizer and pesticide record keeping software from the Cornell University Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program. Many of you who receive this newsletter have made TracGrape a key component of your vineyard record management program.

Well, times have changed. “Free” things in the public sector are becoming less common. The TracGrape Excel software license is now $60. This is still a bargain and I still highly recommend its use.

TracGrape software is a very handy and convenient way to track all of your chemical and fertilizer applications, and to generate application reports and records that are required by the state and federal government. The software is very easy to learn and use. The TracGrape website has good documentation and tips to make its use easier.

Tracgrape now has an open ChemTable (no password). This means that the software never goes out-of-date, because you update the ChemTable. Complete instructions on how to do this are included in the Trac Software Manual and in the software itself, along with a sample 2010 ChemTable.

TracGrape software now comes in two releases, for “.xls” and “.xlsm” Excel compatibilities. This software is yet another example of the important and valuable work done by the New York State IPM program. Further details and order information can be found here: http://www.nysipm.cornell.edu/trac/downloads/default.asp

PS: Additional Trac….software packages available include:
For fruit: TracApple, TracPear, TracGrape, TracBerry, TracCherry,TracStoneFruit
For turfgrass: TracLawn, TracGolf, TracSod, TracGrounds (In preparation, coming soon.)


Morel Mushroom & Wine Recipes

Tis the season. Shroomers have been scouring the countryside in Southern Iowa for over a week looking for Morel mushrooms. Here are some handy recipes to use with those tasty mushrooms:

(Left) Picture taken at Grape Escape Winery south of Pleasantville, IA. 4-3-09

Mushroom Wine Gravy
Red Wine Mushroom Gravy
Mushroom Butter Wine Sauce
Mushroom Wine Sauce
Chicken with Morel Mushroom Wine Sauce
A plethora of mushroom wine sauces from Yummly.com
Morel Mushrooms with Caramelized White Wine
Mushroom Wine Soup
The Great Morel – Recipes


2011 Magnum Opus – Back by popular demand – A must read!

2011 Grape Disease Update from Dr. Wayne Wilcox, plant pathologist from Cornell University. This annual review of new developments, basic principles, forgotten factoids and nagging reminders of the obvious and various options for fungal disease control in the vineyard has become known as the Magnum Opus in grape disease management circles. This 36 page document is a MUST READ for vineyard managers.

I also recommend reviewing the 2011 New York and Pennsylvania Pest Management Recommendations for Grapes these are the authoritative guides for wine grape growers in New York and Pennsylvania.


Dow AgroSciences, the Enlist Program & Colex D Technology

5-3-11 Dow AgroSciences LLC, a subsidiary of The Dow Chemical Company, announced that theUnited States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has accepted the company’s submission for a new 2,4-D choline product. Colex-D™ technology will be featured in the 2,4-D choline herbicide solution for Dow AgroSciences’ Enlist™ Weed Control System.

The Enlist program will the new gene technology that allows 2,4-D to be applied to 2,4-D and glyphosate tolerant corn, cotton and soybeans. The Enlist program will use a pre-mix of glyphosate and 2,-4-D choline herbicide with a drift retardant to be sprayed for post-emergent weed control. The 2,4-D component will help control many of the weeds that have become resistant or tolerant to glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup herbicide.

The “NEW” 2,4-D choline is a quaternary ammonium salt, which is extremely less volatile than the 2,4-D amine or low volatile ester formulations we have been accustomed to using. The Enlist program is expected to be launched for corn in 2013, soybeans in 2015 and cotton in 2016. Other components of the Enlist Weed Control System are still pending regulatory approval.

Further reading: EPA Registers First Dow AgroSciences 2,4-D Choline Product Submission, 5-3-11 – Dow AgroSciences


DMACC - 2011 Seasonal Issues in the Vineyard – Vineyards Wanted!

Free Summer Online Sessions from DMACC

Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) hosted bi-monthly online viticulture presentations on www.wiziq.com last year. We are interested in using the program again this year, but would like more interaction from the attendees.

Last year we offered the sessions at 9 pm CT on the 2nd and 4th Monday of the month beginning in late May and ending in August. We are considering following the same pattern this year.

We had people from multiple states attend these sessions and would like to allow more interaction. We are currently looking for grape growers from various regions who are willing to provide information as to what is happening in their region, send photos or questions about what is occurring in their vineyard/area or update the group on some small projects taking place in their vineyards.

Increasing interaction is key to these sessions continuing to improve. If there are individuals interested in actively participating and providing information in these sessions, please contact me at rjovos@dmacc.edu or 515-965-7310. I would like to get the core group of more active participants put together by Friday, May 13.

If you want more information on last year’s sessions, or for links to last year’s sessions, go to https://go.dmacc.edu/programs/viticulture/blog/Lists/Posts/Post.aspx?ID=72

Randall Vos, DMACC Viticulture/Horticulture


Vineyard Basics Workshop – Sac City, IA

When: 7-9 p.m., Tuesday, 5-10-11

Where: Sac County ISU Extension Office, 620 Park Ave, Sac City, IA 50583

Who: Charlie Caldwell from the Western Iowa Grape Growers Association. Charlie will cover a broad range of topics, from getting started to propagation techniques. This workshop would be ideal for persons interested in getting started in grapes, either as a home or commercial grower. In addition, Charlie will have lots of information that will be useful to the established grower.

Sponsored by: Northwest Iowa Grape Growers Association

Cost: $10 for Northwest Iowa Grape Grower Association members and $12 for non-members.

Note: Following the presentation, we will sample Iowa wines, something we do at every workshop. If you have a favorite Iowa wine, or one of your own homemade wines, feel free to bring a bottle to share.

Please RSVP to: nwiagrapegrowers@yahoo.com if you plan to attend.
Norm Lewman, Secretary, Northwest Iowa Grape Growers Association


Winery Establishment – Tasting – Pruning Workshop – Chaska, MN

When: 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, 5-14-11

Where: University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum MacMillan Auditorium – Chaska, MN

Who: The MGGA Education Committee is presenting a combination workshop, tasting and pruning seminar in the Arboretum MacMillan Auditorium.

8:30 a.m. - Starting a Winery on a Cost Effective Budget - "First Vintage - Starting a Winery on a Cost Effective Budget" – Charlie Quast
10:30 a.m. - food & wine pairings at escorted by Katie Cook, Enologist, University of Minnesota Horticulture Research Center.
12:30 p.m.- pruning instruction hour with John Thull at the Research Center Vineyard.

Cost: $20 per person.

Please RSVP: Missy@mngrapes.org to make your reservation and payment by credit card.

Sponsored by: Minnesota Grape Growers Association (MGGA)

Financial Support from: MN Department of Ag USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant Program.


Effective Vineyard Spraying Workshop – Ames, IA

(Only a few openings left!)

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.

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.

(Left) Dr. Andrew Landers of Cornell University

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 a 20% 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





Clark Smith's popular "Fundamentals of Wine Chemistry" short course

When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday & Wednesday June 7 & 8, 2011

Where: 1951 Food Sciences Building, Iowa State University, Ames, IA

Who: Clark Smith, Winemaker, founder of the wine technology firm Vinovation, and adjunct Professor at CSU Fresno, CA. Clark writes “The Postmodern Winemaker," a monthly column for Wines and Vines Magazine and directs the Best-of Appellation panel for AppellationAmerica.com. "Smith teaches at Napa Valley College, UC Davis Extension, and CSU Fresno.

Cost: $95 per person. Additional registrants from same company $75 per person. Includes a 450 page comprehensive handout, lunch plus morning and afternoon refreshments at breaks each day. Bonus: Mini workshop on pairing wine with music.

Sponsored by: The Midwest Grape & Wine Industry Institute is sponsoring this event to make it accessible to all wine professionals in the area. The normal cost of this workshop is $350.

Online Registration and Details: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/Wine/Events.htm
(Space is limited. Registration by June 3 required.)

Contact for further info: Tammi Martin, Administrative Specialist - Midwest Grape & Wine Industry Institute ph:515-294-3308 or tkmartin@iastate.edu


Winemaking Tips & Techniques – Aviston, IL

When: 10 a.m to 4 p.m., Saturday June 18, 2011

Where: Hidden Lake Winery, Aviston IL

Who: Domenic Carisetti, is a Winemaker and Winemaking
Instructor in New York with over thirty years of professional

Cost: $40 per person, $35 for VESTA students, lunch included
Registration Deadline: June 10, 2011

Sponsored by: Illinois Grape Growers & Vintners Association
Viticulture Enology Science Technology Alliance (VESTA)
Rend Lake College

Contact: Rachel Cristaudo, IL VESTA Coordinator
Ph: 618) 437-5321 Ext. 1724 or cristaudor@rlc.edu


Comments from Readers

“5-3-11 Mike,

The Jason referred to below is in the republic of Georgia and has the source for these amphora day vessels. I can provide the contact info if anyone is interested.”

Loren lefaeth@gmail.com


Do you have any contacts in the wine industry?
Jason has access to the manufacturers of "day vessels" (see this link http://www.winesandvines.com/template.cfm?section=news&content=49345)
Any assistance you could provide would be most appreciated.


Notable Quotables

  1. “only 0.1% of all wine sold in the US in 2010 was certified organic, making it a much weaker category than organic foods (about 3% of milk sold in the US is organic).”
    From: Sulfites in organic wine: An update, 5-3-11- The Gray Report
  2. “ The test was conducted ‘double-blind’, with neither the tasters nor experimenters knowing the cost of the wine.

    By chance, the volunteers would have correctly classified their wine as expensive or inexpensive only 50 per cent of the time.”

    The tasters’ actual accuracy was exactly the same as chance, demonstrating that they could not distinguish between the two types of wine by taste alone.”

    From: Cheap wine is just as good as expensive wine - Hertfordshire professor, 4-30-11 - Times 24, UK


Marketing Tidbits

  1. “Ten percent of online search ads were served to mobile devices in March, and those devices
    accounted for 9.8 percent of ad clicks over the same period, according to data from Performics.”

    From: 10% of Search Ad Clicks from Mobile, 5-3-11 – ClickZ
  2. “the average American watched 34 hours 39 minutes of TV per week in Q4 2010, a year-over-year increase of two minutes. The heaviest users of traditional TV are adults 65+ (47 hours 33
    minutes per week), followed by adults 50-64 (43 hours pers week). Trailing all other age groups,
    teens age 12-17 watch the least amount of TV (23 hours 41 minutes per week).”

    From: State of the Media Trends in TV Viewing – 2011 TV Upfront - Nielsen report
  3. “Adding the QR code is an ingenious marketing concept that puts the winery in full control of how much information consumers can access. The size of wine bottles and labels is limited ‘real estate.’ There’s only so much information a wine marketer can usually convey. But with a QR
    code, you can do so much more. It’s a great way to tell your wine story, do targeted promotions
    and have some fun with it,”

    From: Success Story - Twisted Oak Winery Connects with Consumers in QRazy Ways -Labeltronix
  4. Nearly one in four shoppers are willing to pay more for something if it makes them feel like they are contributing to saving the environment. Shoppers ages 18 to 34 are slower to embrace making purchasing changes to benefit the environment than those shoppers ages 35 to 44 and 55 to 64,”

    From: Research Finds One in Four Willing to Pay More for Eco-Friendly Products, 5-5-11 – Beverage World


Show n Tell

(Left) Of all the books in ISU's library system, here are two that stand out -- the largest and the smallest. The largest book, at just over 40.5 inches tall, is Birds of America by John James Audubon (Reprint: New York: Abbeville Press, 1985). The smallest book, at a petite 0.787401 inches tall, is Addresses of Abraham Lincoln, part of a three-volume miniature series (Washington, Lincoln and Coolidge) published by the Training Division of the Kingsport Press of Kingsport, Tenn., as student exercises in 1929 and 1930. The Bomb of 1901 Iowa State yearbook and a ruler help bring the extreme sizes of these books into perspective. Photo by Bob Elbert. From: Inside Iowa State, 4-28-11





(Left) Burr Oak leaves on the tree in my back yard in Indianola, IA. The old saying of waiting to plant corn when the oak leaves are the size of squirrel ears rang true this season as corn planters were planting corn in the area this week. 5-3-11








(Left) Deb Newell, Central & Southern Iowa sales representative for Tassel Ridge Winery sent me this picture of the large amount of shelf space plus sign above they were given at the south Ottumwa, IA HyVee Wine & Spirits store. 5-5-11.

I am sure this is a friendly response to my picture of the large amount of shelf space Santa Maria Winery had at the HyVee Wine & Spirits store in Carroll, IA. You can see this in Wine Grower News #160. mlw









(Left) I found it interesting to see this Oliver Winery of Indiana advertisement instead of a big California winery pasted on the side of this Glazer’s wine & spirits distributor truck parked in Indianola, IA this week. 5-4-11.






Articles of Interest

  1. Congress Cuts $87M in Earmarked Research Funds, 4-28-11 – Capital Press
  2. Governor appoints Alcoholic Beverages Commissioner to second term, 4-29-11 – Iowa
  3. Wisconsin State Fair Park to host new wine competition for cold-weather wine, 5-2-11 –
    Associated Press. (Wisconsin wines only.)
  4. Stone Cliff Winery for sale, 5-5-11 – Dubuque Telegraph Herald
  5. World's First iPad Wine Magazine, 5-5-11 – PR Press


Videos of Interest

  1. Dubuque Winery Up For Sale, 5-5-11, KCRG TV, 2:19 min.
  2. Grapes & the Microwave, 3-21-06 - Brainiac, 50 sec.


Neeto-Keeno WWW Stuff

  1. Clark Smith’s Wine Technology Blog: http://www.grapecrafter.com/grapecrafter/
  2. Winegrape Comparison Chart, University of MN:


Calendar of Events:

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

5-10, Vineyard Basics Workshop , Sac County ISU Extension Office, 620 Park Ave, Sac City, IA 50583. RSVP : nwiagrapegrowers@yahoo.com Norm Lewman, Secretary, Northwest Iowa Grape Growers Association.

5-14, Winery Establishment – Tasting – Pruning Workshop: University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum MacMillan Auditorium – Chaska, MN RSVP: Missy@mngrapes.org to make your reservation and payment by credit card. Minnesota Grape Growers Association (MGGA)

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 theISU 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 pork – Des 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) & theInstitute for Continental Climate Viticulture & Enology (ICCVE). Details here: http://www.missourigrapegrowers.org/

6-(7 & 8), Clark Smith's popular "Fundamentals of Wine Chemistry" short course, 1951 Food Sciences Building, Iowa State University, Ames, 6-3 registration deadline. Details: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/Wine/Events.htm

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

6-18, Winemaking Tips & Techniques, Hidden Lake Winery, Aviston IL. VESTA, Rend Lake Community College and Illinois Grape Growers & Vintners Assn. Contact: Rachel Cristaudo, IL VESTA Coordinator Ph: 618) 437-5321 Ext. 1724 or cristaudor@rlc.edu

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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