#171 - June 17, 2011

IWGA Bus Trip to Michigan Viticulture Field Day

The Iowa Wine Growers Association is hosting a bus trip to attend the 22nd Annual MSU Viticulture Field Day held on Wednesday, 7-27-11 at the Southwest Michigan Research & Extension Center near Benton Harbor, MI. This is one of the largest vineyard field day events held in the Midwest. They typically get over 200+ people in attendance . The vineyard demonstrations and large vineyard equipment trade show is well worth seeing. This event always ends with a fun and tasty steak fry with plenty of Michigan wine provided by the Michigan Grape Society.

(Above) WindStar Lines of Carroll, Iowa will be doing the driving on this trip.

The trip starts out on Tuesday morning, 7-26 at Summerset Winery in Indianola and heads for Benton Harbor, MI. The tour will be stopping at Lavender Crest Winery in Colona, IL for lunch and Round Barn Winery, Distillery and Brewery in Baroda, MI in the afternoon before arriving at the Days Inn & Suites in Benton Harbor, MI that evening. The entire Wednesday will be spent attending the MSU Viticulture field day. The trip back on Thursday will include a stop to visit with Dan Nitz at Arrowhead Vineyards in Baroda, MI and then lunch at Anderson Winery in Valparaiso, IN. The bus will arrive back at Summerset Winery late Thursday evening, 7-28.

The cost of this tour will be $60 for IWGA members and $85 for non-members. This will cover the transportation and the field day registration which includes Thursday’s lunch and steak fry. Participants will be responsible for all other costs. The Days Inn & Suites at Benton Harbor has a block of double queen-bed rooms for $80 and single king-bed rooms for $70 plus tax. Participants need to make their room arrangements there by July 9th to get these reduced prices.

Information about this tour is posted on the Iowa Wine Growers Association
WWW site here: http://iowawinegrowers.org/2011/06/iwga-michigan-wine-tour/

Details of Viticulture Field Day is posted here: http://www.agbioresearch.msu.edu/swmrec/news.htm l

Attendance will be limited.
I hope to see you there. It will be a GREAT trip!! mlw

PS: Summerset Winery in Indianola, IA has a 7-room Bed n Breakfast available for lodging prior and after the tour.


Easy Peasy – Make a Professional Soil Map of Your Farm or Vineyard

The USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service has a really nice WWW site where you can find your farm or vineyard, outline it, and then produce a professional “to scale” National Cooperative Soil Survey map. This map with a map legend and soils legend can then be downloaded as a pdf document.

Here is the step by step procedure on how to get this done:

(Left) Example soil survey map and aerial photo of the ISU Horticulture Research Station located north of Ames, IA.


  1. Go to the USDA Web Soil Survey Homepage here:
  2. Press the green WSS button.
  3. Select the locating method you want to use, ie…
    - Address (this is the one I use most often)
    - State & County
    - Latitude & Longitude
    - Section, Township & Range
  4. Click on “View”
  5. Use the “plus” or “minus” button on the map tool bar to zoom in or out on the aerial map.
  6. Use the “hand” button on the map tool bar to move the map around.
  7. Use the “AOI” Area Of Interest button on the map toolbar to outline the area you want.
  8. Outline the “AOI” and double click on the last point used to make the AOI. This will outline the area and mark it with diagonal green lines.
  9. Click on the “Soil Map” tap in the upper left of the page. This will make an overlying soil map of your AOI aerial photo and a soil map unit legend with acres of each shown on the left side of the page. Clicking on each soil map unit legend description will give you detailed information on each of the soils found in the AOI.
  10. Click on “Printable Version” in the upper right portion of the screen. A complete aerial photo soil
    map with a detailed soils and map legend will appear.
  11. Clicking on the upper left” printer” icon or “file disk” icon can be used to print and/or save the pdf aerial soil map you just made.

PS: ISU Extension has an interactive Vineyard Soils Suitability ratings WWW site where you can view, download or print the soils suitable for vineyards for each county in Iowa here: http://extension.agron.iastate.edu/soils/interpretations.html


Incandescent Light Phase Out – What are your options?

Now may be a good time to consider alternative lighting options before incandescent bulbs are no longer available to purchase. The scheduled phase-out among U.S. retailers is:

  • 100W incandescent – January 1, 2012
  • 75W incandescent – January 1, 2013
  • 60W and 40W incandescent – January 1, 2014

ISU Extension has a new 2-page publication “FREE” online entitled: Farm Energy- Energy Fundamentals for Farm Lighting. This publication quickly reviews the different types of lighting available, lumen output, life expectancy, energy efficiency and relative costs. Check it out here: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/Publications/PM2089n.pdf


New “Self Inspection Checklists” for Worker Protection Standard Compliance

Agricultural workers and pesticide handlers in both greenhouse/nursery and agricultural applications now have four self-inspection checklists available to measure Worker Protection Standard (WPS) compliance. The Pest Management and the Environment Program (PME) at Iowa State University
and the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS) worked together to produce these.

The checklists now available to download from the ISU Extension Online Store at no cost are:

  • Self-Inspection Checklist: WPS Handler Requirements for Agricultural Applications (PAT 0051)
  • Self-Inspection Checklist: WPS Handler Requirements for Greenhouse/Nursery Applications (PAT 0052)
  • Self-Inspection Checklist: WPS Worker Requirements for Agricultural Applications (PAT 0053)
  • Self-Inspection Checklist: WPS Worker Requirements for Greenhouse/Nursery Applications (PAT 0054)

Further info: New Checklists Help Insure Self Inspection for Worker Protection Compliance, 6-15-11, ISU Extension News


DMACC offers Online Seasonal Issues in the Vineyard Series Again in 2011

The June online Seasonal Issues in the Vineyard have been scheduled for the dates listed below. The sessions start at 9pm and generally last about an hour. For more information about these sessions see Wine Grower News #165.

Seasonal Issues in the Vineyard June 13 (Done)

Seasonal Issues in the Vineyard June 27


ISU Food Safety Workshops for Fruit & Vegetable Growers

What: These workshops will cover the implications of recent federal food safety legislation on Small growers as well as the opportunity to become a vendor to Iowa State University.

9am - 5pm, Thursday, July 14 / Muscatine, IA
9am - 5pm, Thursday, July 23 / Ames, IA
9am - 5pm, Thursday, August 4 / Lewis, IA

Cost: $25.00 (cash or check only) - Waived if currently approved as an ISU Vendor - or become approved before or on day of workshop. 25.00 per person and free for second family or business member

Note: Participants will receive a Certificate of Completion of On Farm Food Safety Training, suitable for framing at points of sale.

Further info: http://www.dining.iastate.edu/news/news.php?show=68

Contact: Courtney Long ISU Dining: Farm to ISU Coordinator, 515-294-2892 or farm2isu@iastate.edu


5th annual 2011 Mid-American Wine Competition at DMACC

The 2011 Mid-American Wine Competition will be held July 8-10, 2011, in Iowa and will focus only on the wines of the Midwest. The competition will be open only to commercial wineries of Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, and Wisconsin. The competition is held on the campus of the Des Moines Area Community College in Ankeny, Iowa, which is just north of Des Moines. The college has the longstanding Iowa Culinary Institute which provided the infrastructure for the competition.

The Chief Judge for the Mid-American Wine Competition is noted wine expert and veteran wine judge, Doug Frost of Kansas City. Frost is one of only three people in the world to earn the title of both Master of Wine and Master Sommelier.

The Competition director is Bob Foster, founder and first director of the San Diego National Competition. Foster has been a wine judge and competition director for over 25 years and also directs the Temecula Valley Wine Competition in California. He is a long time wine judge for the Missouri State Fair Wine Competition and the Jefferson Cup Wine Competition held each year in Kansas City.

Dr. Murli Dharmadhikari, Director of the Midwest Grape & Wine Industry Institute at Iowa State University is a technical adviser to the competition and also serves as one of the wine judges.

All bonded wineries in the Midwest region are invited to enter. Any winery needing additional information may contact the competition at winecompetition@dmacc.edu .


Entry Deadline for Iowa State Fair Amateur & Commercial Wine Competition

The entry deadline for both the Iowa State Fair Amateur and Commercial wine competition is July 1st, 2011. Entries will be judged on Saturday, July 30th. Winning entries will be displayed to the public at the Wine Experience in Grandfather's Barn at the Iowa State Fair, August 11 to 21, 2011.

A charge of $3.50 per entry will be made in the Amateur competition with 1 bottle of wine required per entry. A charge of $25 per entry will be made in the Commercial competition with two bottles required per entry.

Full details of the Iowa State Fair Amateur wine competition and entry form can be found here:

Full details of the Iowa State Fair Commercial wine competition and entry form can be found here:

Questions about the commercial wine competition should be directed to Barbara Rasko at: (515)-210-3571.


Winery Sustainability & Design Workshop – Springfield, IL

When: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, July 9, 2011

Where: Lincoln Land Community College (LLCC) Truter Center, 5250 Shepherd Rd, Springfield, IL

Who: Dr. Bruce Zoecklein, Virginia Tech University

Cost: $150 each, includes lunch and booklet

Sponsored by: LLCC’s Hospitality Management & Culinary Arts Program & the Illinois Grape Growers and Vintners Association (IGGVA)

Registration: Contact Megan Pressnall, director of external relations for IGGVA, at 217.726.8518 or megan@illinoiswine.com

Details & Flyer: http://www.illinoiswine.com/cgi-bin/news/news.pl?record=13

PS: I will be attending this event and have room for several riders. I will be leaving Indianola, IA Friday a.m. and driving back Saturday evening. Mike White – cell 515-681-7286 or mlwhite@iastate.edu


Save the Date – Pre-Vintage Wine 2 – day seminar: July 12 & 13

Arrangements are being put together right now for a two day pre-vintage seminar dealing with sparkling wine and fermentation practices. Larry Mawby of L.Mawby Vineyards in Sutton Bay, Michigan and Michael Jones of Scott Labs will team up to speak about sparkling wine production. Sigrid Gersten-Briand of Lallemond Inc. and Michael Jones will be speaking about fermentation practices

This two day seminar is being sponsored by the Iowa State University Midwest Grape & Wine Industry Institute.

Details will be available soon.

Contact: Tamara Martin 515-294-3308 or tkmartin@iastate.edu


Effective Vineyard Spraying Workshop – Rocheport, MO

When: 2 p.m. to Dark, Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Where: Les Bourgeois Bistro & Vineyards, 14020 W. Hwy BB, Rocheport, MO

Who: Dr. Andrew Landers, Cornell University

Cost: $75 each, includes dinner. Attendance is limited.

Registration & Flyer: http://iccve.missouri.edu/events/sprayworkshop_2011.pdf

Registration Deadline: July 12, 2011

Sponsored by: Institute for Continental Climate Viticulture & Enology (ICCVE) and Midwest Grower Supply - Stanberry, MO


ISU How to Attract & Maintain Beneficial Insects - Workshop

What: One-Day workshop exploring how to enhance the ecosystem to attract and maintain beneficial insects.

When: Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. August 4, 2011

Who: Speakers include Iowa State’s Lisa Schulte and Mary Harris, natural resource ecology and management; Kelly Seman andMatt O’Neal,ISU Entomology; Meghann Jarchow, ISU Agronomy; and Practical Farmers of Iowa representative, Sarah Carlson.

Where: The workshop will take place at Field Extension Education Laboratory (FEEL), five miles west of Ames, Iowa.

Hosted by: Iowa State University’s Departments of Entomology and Natural Resource Ecology & Management, with support from the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture

Registration: Due by July 15 at www.aep.iastate.edu/ent. Lunch will be provided.

Cost: No Charge.

Lodging: Reduced hotel rates are available through the ISU MemorialUnion.

Full Details, Agenda & Online Registration:


Notable Quotables

  1. “Wine is inherently social, so it’s really well-suited for social media – for Twitter,”
    By: Rick Bakas, director of social media marketing at St. Supery Vineyards and Winery in Napa Valley, California. From: 19. Case Studies, Twitter


Marketing Tidbits

  1. Why Outsourcing Your Social Media is a Bad Idea, 6-13-11 - BAKAS MEDIA
  2. Wines Priced at 9 Dollars And Above Show 9.5 Percent Value Growth, Nielsen Says, 6-14-11 – Shaken News Daily


Show n Tell

I was looking though my vineyard sprayer pictures I have accumulated over the past several years. I was impressed at the ingenuity of many of these homemade sprayers. Some are definitely unique! I thought you might be interested is seeing some of these homemade beauties. I have left the names off to protect the innocent. Enjoy:


Articles of Interest

  1. Italy Overtakes France to Be Become Biggest Wine Producer, 6-11-11 – AGI - Rome
  2. Winery on the Rise – Jowler Creek Vineyard & Winery (MO), 6-12-11 - Winedustry
  3. New Ways to Enjoy Winefest, 6-15-11 – Des Moines Register
  4. Dr. Smart Slams Organics, 6-16-11 - the Drinks Business
  5. Japanese Beetles poses threat to grape growers, 6-16-11, Radio Iowa
  6. Wine Industry sees future in reused bottles, 6-16-11 – SignOn San Diego


Videos of Interest

  1. Midwest Supplies Tours the Barrel Mill, 5-10-11 - Midwest Supplies, 6:05 min.
  2. Bottling our famous rhubarb wine, 5-31-11, Prairie Berry Winery – Hill City, SD, 1:52 min.
  3. Fermentating Dandelion Wine, 5-31-11, Maple River Winery – Casselton, ND, 52 sec.


Neeto-Keeno WWW Stuff

  1. Baarter.com: http://baarter.com/
  2. Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance: http://www.pasowine.com
    (Check out all their Online vineyard maps.)
  3. Terroirist Wine Blog: http://blog.terroirist.com/


Calendar of Events:

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

6-23, Effective Spraying of Orchards Course - Galesville, WI Sponsored by the Center for Integrated Ag Systems 6-1 registration deadline. Registration details and brochure: http://www.cias.wisc.edu/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/orchardspraybroch042111.pdf

6-25, Effective Vineyard Spraying workshop with Dr. Andrew Landers of Cornell, Univ. ISU Horticulture Research Station, Ames, IA. Details: contact Mike White at mlwhite@iastate.edu .
(Note: This is rescheduled from the 5-21-11 workshop which was cancelled due to airline delays.)

7-9, Winery Sustainability & Design Workshop – Lincoln Land Community College (LLCC) Truter Center, 5250 Shepherd Rd, Springfield, IL. Details & Flyer: http://www.illinoiswine.com/cgi-bin/news/news.pl?record=13

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/

7-(12 & 13), Sparking Wine & Fermentation Practices Pre-Vintage 2-Day Seminar. Sponsored by the Midwest Grape & Wine Industry Institute. Details soon. Contact Tamara Martin 515-294-3308 or tkmartin@iastate.edu

7- (12-13), 7th Annual Wine Technology Symposium – Napa Valley. Registration & details: http://wineindustrytechnologysymposium.com/

7-19, Effective Vineyard Spraying Workshop at Les Bourgeiois Bistro & Vineyards. Registration & Flyer: http://iccve.missouri.edu/events/sprayworkshop_2011.pdf

7-(26-28), Iowa Wine Growers Association’s bus trip to the 22nd Annual Michigan State University Viticulture Day on 7-27-11at the Southwest Research & Extension Center near Benton Harbor, MI. Details will be out this week.

8-4, ISU How to Attract & Maintain Beneficial Insects, Ames, IA. Full Details here: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/article/upcoming-workshop-spotlights-beneficial-insects

8-24, Seedless Table Grape & Winegrape Field Day, Univ. of WI – Madison, West Madison Ag Research 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 .

11-(16 & 17), 1st North American Wine Tourism Conference – Napa Valley. Details HERE.


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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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