#214 - September 7, 2012

 

Iowa Wine Growers Association

"Free" Grapes For Sale Classifieds
 
 

Now Open - Value-Added Producer Grants (VAPS)—USDA

 
The primary objective of the VAPG program is to help agricultural producers enter into value-added activities related to the processing and/or marketing of bio-based value-added products. Generating
new products, creating and expanding marketing opportunities, and increasing producer income are the end goals of this program. You may receive priority if you are a beginning farmer or rancher, a socially-disadvantaged farmer or rancher, a small or medium-sized farm or ranch structured as a family farm, a farmer or rancher cooperative, or are proposing a mid-tier value chain, as defined in the Program Regulation. Grants are awarded on a competitive basis.
 
Due Date: October 15, 2012
Funding: $100,000 for planning grants, $300,000 for working capital grants
 

Spotted Wing Drosophila Fly Detected in Iowa

By Donald Lewis & Laura Jesse
 
9-6-12 AMES, Iowa – The Iowa State University Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic confirmed today that the spotted wing drosophila (SWD), an invasive pest that can cause damage to many fruit crops, has been found in Story County, Iowa.
 
"This is the first confirmed SWD infestation in Iowa," said Laura Jesse, entomologist with ISU Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic. "Previous specimens had been collected in Dubuque County that appeared to originate in fruit brought from another state."
 
Spotte Wing Drosophila Fly"The spotted wing drosophila (Drosophila suzukii) is an invasive pest that attacks fresh fruits and is fast becoming a problem throughout the U.S.", Jesse said. Drosophila flies, sometimes called vinegar flies, are familiar to producers and homeowners. The household fruit fly is commonly found on or near overripe, damaged and fermenting fruits and vegetables. The new, invasive species is closely related but behaves very differently.
 
SWD causes damage when the female flies cut a slit and lay eggs in healthy, undamaged fruit, particularly thin-skinned fruits such as raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, cherries, strawberries and grapes. Larvae emerge inside the fruit and begin to feed causing collapse and eventual decay and complete destruction of the fruit. "Producers of raspberries, strawberries, plums and other soft skin fruits in neighboring states have been seriously impacted with maggots in the fruit. Some producers are facing a complete loss of their crop this year," Jesse said.
 
SWD is native to Asia and has been in Hawaii since the 1980s. It was found in the mainland U.S. in California in 2008 and quickly spread to Oregon, Washington and Canada. It is now widely established in North America with confirmed detections in at least 20 states, including neighboring Wisconsin, Illinois and Minnesota. SWD has been detected along the Atlantic coast from Maine to Florida and in New York, Ohio and Michigan. It appears that SWD is here to stay and has spread very quickly. Human-assisted transport is the likely cause of the recent rapid spread. The small flies cannot fly very far and natural dispersion in unlikely.
 
SWD is approximately one-eighth inch long and resembles the common household vinegar flies with bright red eyes, a pale brown body, dark horizontal stripes on the abdomen and two transparent wings. Distinguishing SWD from the normal fruit fly (Drosophila melanogaster) requires magnification with a hand lens or microscope. The adult males of SWD have a dark spot along the front edge of the wing near the wingtip. The females have an extended ovipositor (egg laying organ) on the end of the abdomen. The ovipositor has two rows of dark, serrated, saw-like teeth that allow this female to saw open and lay eggs in healthy fruit.
 
"Once established this new pest will cause big headaches for fruit growers and home gardeners," said Donald Lewis, entomologist with ISU Extension and Outreach. "Management options are being refined and will be shared at a later date." Until then, Lewis said to consider the following:
 
Use good sanitation to prevent spread and further establishment of SWD.
Pick all fruit when harvesting and remove and destroy any fallen, damaged and overripe fruit.
There are insecticides available but options will be limited and reapplication at weekly or bi-weekly intervals may be needed. At this point do not treat until SWD has been confirmed in your area.
 
Though this is the first confirmed infestation of SWD in Iowa, it is likely that the insect is already established elsewhere in the state. "We are interested in documenting the presence of SWD in Iowa," Lewis said. "Your help in tracking its distribution in the state will be appreciated. Please report your observations and submit suspected specimens to the Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic." Directions for submitting insect samples are found at www.ent.iastate.edu/pidc/ .
 
Lewis said property owners can make simple, vinegar-baited traps for surveying their property. Instructions for building and using traps for monitoring SWD in fruit plantings can be found at http://www.ipm.msu.edu/SWD/SWD-monitor.htm .
 

Online Wine Business Management Certificate Program – Sonoma, CA

 
The Wine Business Institute of Sonoma State University has added an Online Wine Business Management Certificate with a global perspective to it line of wine education program.
 
This certificate allows participants to strengthen their knowledge of wine business fundamentals, marketing and finance in an online format accessible in every corner of the world. It has been created by professionals for professionals in the wine industry.
 
The Wine Business Management Certificate Series is made up of three levels: Foundation, Intermediate and Advanced. Each level builds upon the next and is designed to challenge participants while creating a superior understanding of wine business operations. The primary topic areas include:
 
Wine commerce and trade
Wine marketing and sales
E-commerce
Business issues associated with viticulture and winemaking
Traditional business functions of strategy in building a wine business
Finance, accounting and management applied to the wine industry
Regulatory issues concerning wine
 
 

AGR-Lite: Insuring Small- to Medium-Sized Operations

September 6 webinar will explore options; focused on Midwest farms
 
The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) will offer a webinar on Thursday, September 6, to explain crop-insurance options such as Adjusted Gross Revenue Lite (AGR-Lite) — a unique, federally subsidized crop-insurance product that holds great promise to serve the needs of small- to medium-sized diverse, specialty crop, organic, and direct-market farmers. At the end of a summer of record-breaking heat, severe drought, and even flooding, farmers may be wondering how to better protect their farms. The webinar, "Understanding Crop Insurance Options for Small- to Medium-Scale Diversified Farms," will explain how AGR-Lite works and provide a brief overview of crop-insurance limitations for highly diverse farms; it also will demonstrate NCAT’s new AGR-Lite Wizard assessment tool. This tool assists farmers and agricultural professionals in evaluating the usefulness of whole-farm revenue insurance. While most insurance products are tied to a specific crop or commodity, AGR-Lite is based on whole-farm revenue and allows farmers who grow several specialty crops, or diverse crops and livestock products, to insure their production based on their historic revenue.
 
In addition to AGR-Lite, the webinar will also provide an overview of the Non-Insured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) and individual specialty crop policies. AGR-Lite is not available in Iowa, although it is available in most other Midwestern states. NAP and individual specialty crop policies are available in all states.
 
The webinar will feature regionally appropriate examples from the Midwest, although it will be beneficial for anyone interested in AGR-Lite and other insurance options.
There will be ample time for attendees to ask questions. The webinar is funded by the USDA Risk Management Agency.
 
NCAT Agricultural Economist Jeff Schahczenski will be the webinar presenter.
 
Date: Thursday, September 6
Time: Noon Eastern Standard Time
 
 
Grape Bloom: The powdery, waxy substance that is often found on the surface of grapes. While this substance may contain the spores of wild yeast, it is not necessary composed of yeast cells.
 
 

VinoEnology.com - Free Winemaking Calculators Online

 
VinoEnology.com is helping professional winemakers during their hectic crush. Visitors to the website can instantly access winemaking calculators for:
 
Fermentation: Specific Gravity & Brix conversions, Yeast & Nutrients addition, Unit Conversion table
 
Chaptalization & Water dilution: Sugar content adjustment & Water addition
 
SO2 addition: Liquid SO2 solution & Potassium metabisulfite addition, Molecular SO2 table, SO2 reduction SO2 (addition of potassium metabisulfite and liquid SO2 solution)
 
Acid addition: Tartaric, Malic & Citric acid addition, Deacidification
 
Fining & Oak addition: Copper addition, Clarification & Oak addition, Fining and oak addition (clarification and oak wood chips addition)
 
Fortification: Alcohol addition
 
Wine Blending & Cost calculator: (wine blending and cost)
 
Online Conversions: Volume, Temperature, Pressure, Mass, Area and Distance
 
Check them all out her for FREE: http://vinoenology.com
 

NCR-SARE Announces 2013 Farmer Rancher Grant Call for Proposals

 
The 2013 North Central Region - Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (NCR-SARE) Farmer Rancher Grant Call for Proposals is now available.
 
Farmers and ranchers in the North Central Region are invited to submit grant proposals to explore sustainable agriculture solutions to problems on the farm or ranch. Proposals should show how farmers and ranchers plan to use their own innovative ideas to explore sustainable agriculture options and how they will share project results. Sustainable agriculture is good for the environment, profitable, and socially responsible.
 
Projects should emphasize research or education/demonstration. There are three types of competitive grants: individual grants ($7,500 maximum), partner grants for two farmers/ranchers from separate operations who are working together ($15,000 maximum), and group grants for three or more farmers/ranchers from separate operations who are working together ($22,500 maximum). NCR-SARE expects to fund about 45 projects in the twelve-state North Central Region with this call. A total of approximately $400,000 is available for this program. Grant recipients have 25 months to complete their projects.
 
Interested applicants can find the call for proposals online as well as useful information for completing a proposal at http://www.northcentralsare.org/Grants/Types-of-Grants/Farmer-Rancher-Grant-Program . You can find more information about sustainable agriculture at http://www.sare.org/  or take a free National Continuing Education Program online course about the basic concepts at http://www.sare.org/Learning-Center/Courses-and-Curricula .
 
Proposals are due on Thursday, November 29th at 4:30 p.m. at the NCR-SARE office in Saint Paul, MN.
Potential applicants with questions can contact Joan Benjamin, Associate Regional Coordinator and Farmer Rancher Grant Program Coordinator, at jbenjami@umn.edu or 573-681-5545 or 800-529-1342. A hard copy or an emailed copy of the call for proposals is also available by contacting Joan Benjamin. We make revisions to our calls for proposals each year, which means it is crucial to use the most recent call for proposals.
 
Each state in SARE's North Central Region has one or more State Sustainable Agriculture Coordinators who can provide information and assistance to potential grant applicants. Interested applicants can find their State Sustainable Agriculture Coordinator online at http://www.northcentralsare.org/State-Programs .
 

9-15, NDGGA Summer Tour

 
When: 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Saturday, September 15, 2012
Departure Location: 8800 25th St S, Fargo, ND
 
Itinerary: The 2012 Summer Tour will travel through Northwestern MN. They will depart from Bear Creek Winery (8800 25th St. S, Fargo, ND) and visit 3 Vineyards, a High Tunnel Agriculture location, Bergesons Nursery (includes lunch), Richwood Winery and return to Bear Creek Winery for supper and tasting of regional wines.
 
Cost perPerson: (before 9/13):$50 for NDGGA members, $60 for non members
After 9/13:$60 for NDGGA members, $70 for non members
 
Registration at website: http://www.ndgga.org/
 
Or Mail to:
NDGGA c/o Harlene Hatterman-Valenti
PO Box 6050, Dept 7670 Fargo, ND 58108-6050
 
The registration price includes two meals and a complimentary wine glass. They have a full day planned and will be running on a tight schedule. They would like to have the first bus leave closer to 8:15am if it is full, so plan on arriving early if possible.
 
With the warm growing season this year, you will be able to taste many grapes at their optimal sweetness level. Winemakers are encouraged to bring a bottle or two of their product to share.
If you have any questions, please email or call Greg Krieger at 701-430-0281.
 

9-15, 5th Annual North American Aronia Berry Festival

 
When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. - Saturday, September 15th 2012
Where: Sawmill Hallow Family Farm – 2159 Kennedy Avenue, Missouri Valley, IA
 

11-(1-3) 20th National Small Farm Trade Show & Conference – Columbia, MO

 
What: The National Small Farm Trade Show & Conference is the largest annual small farm show in the United States! Come to the show and bring a friend (or two, or three)! The 80,000 sq. ft. exhibition hall features 150+ vendors as part of the event with 20 seminars, 7 three-hour short courses and 28 talks in the farmers’ Forum (that is 56 total talks!), demonstrations, exhibits, association meetings and more.
 
Where: Boone County Fairgrounds, Columbia, MO
 
When: 9 am-S pm Thursday, November 1
8 am-5 pm Friday, November 2
8 am-S pm Saturday, November 3
 
Cost: $8/1 day, $12/2 days, $15/3 days (by Oct. 15)
or $10/1 day, $15/2 days, $20/3 days at the door
Short Courses: $25 each pre-reg by Oct. 15 - $35 each at the door
Note: Does not include admission. Special rates available
 
Sponsored by: Small Farm Today Magazine: http://www.smallfarmtoday.com/
 
 
 
 
 
U.S. Drought Monitor map September 4, 2012
http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/monitor.html
 
 

ISU Extension and Outreach has put together an Online resource for dealing with this season’s drought

 
 
 

Notable Quotables

 
"Founded in 1883, Concannon Vineyard is America’s oldest, continuously operating winery under the same family label, with the same family involvement, for almost 130 consecutive Years."
 
From: How Many Wineries Survived Prohibition, 9-3-12 – Wine Blog: http://www.wine-blog.org/index.php/2012/09/03/how-many-wineries-survived-prohibition/
 

Marketing Tidbits

 
1. Good News About U.S. Economy and Wine Sales, 8-31-12 – Wines & Vines:
 
2. 7 Keys to Advice Management, 8-31-12 – Barefoot Wine Founders:
 

Neeto-Keeno WWW Stuff

 
1. Missouri Vintners Association: http://www.missourivintners.org/
 
2. ISU Enrollment tops 31,000 (largest in history):
 

Videos of Interest

 
1. IL: Shotgun Wedding, latest episode of the Up the Creek sipcom from Sleepy Creek Vineyards, Fairmount, IL
 
2. 1. NE: Festival Celebrates Nebraska’s Wine Industry, 9-2-12 – 1011 KOLN TV:
 
3. Removing Labels from Wine Bottles, 5-12-10 – YouTube, 5:15 min.:
 

Articles of Interest

 
1. IA: Winery wants to move to another location in LeClaire, 8-30-12 – KWQC.com
 
2. ND: NDSU research group working to create hardier grapes, 8-31-12 – INFORUM:
 
3. IA/NE: Standout wine is droughts silver lining, 9-3-12 – Omaha World Herald:
 
4. MN: The True Value of Cold Hardy Hybrids, 9-3-12 – Midwest Wine Press:
 
5. MO: USDA Wildlife Services seeking vineyards to relocate airport raptors, 9-4-12 – Missouri
Grape Growers Association: http://www.missourigrapegrowers.org/
 
6. MO: Chart:Winegrape production in Missouri, 9-4-12 – The Missourian:
 
7. Argentina: Aromatic plants close to vines influence wines, 9-5-12 – Winesur:
 
8. IA: Drought- Stressed Grapes Bursting with Flavor, 9-6-12 – Iowa Farmer Today:
 

Show n Tell

 
Foppiano Winery 1926
(Above) Foppiano Vineyards as Federal Agents dumped wine into creek along old Redwood Winery during Prohibition - Healdsburg, CA. From: How Many Wineries Survived Prohibition, 9-3-12 – Wine Blog: http://www.wine-blog.org/index.php/2012/09/03/how-many-wineries-survived-prohibition/
 
U.W. Wine Industry Perspective chart 2010
(Above) U.S. Wine Industry Perspective
 

Calendar of Events

 
9-15, 2012 North Dakota Grape Growers Summer Tour (northwestern MN this year). Full details here: http://www.ndgga.org/
 
9-15, 5th Annual North American Aronia Berry Festival. Sawmill Hallow Family Farm – 2159 Kennedy Avenue, Missouri Valley, IA Details: http://sawmillhollow.com/events/
 
9-(21 & 22), VESTA high school Vo Ag teacher vineyard management training workshop. ISU Horticulture Research Station, Ames, IA. Contact: Ron Lindblom: lindblomr@nicc.edu
 
10-(19 & 20), Small Scale Commercial Wine Making School IX - Nebraska City, NE by Five Rivers RC&D. Details: http://www.nercd.org/council-of-twelve/five-rivers/what-were-doing-five-rivers/
 
11-(1-3) 20th Annual Small Farm Trade Show & Conference – Boone County Fairgrounds, Columbia, MO. Sponsored by Small Farm Today Magazine: http://www.smallfarmtoday.com/trade-show.html
 
11-28 to 12-1, VitiNord & International Cold Climate Grape and Wine Conference - Neubrandenburg, Germany. Details: http://www.vitinord-nb2012.org
 
1-(29-31)-13, Unified Grape & Wine Consortium at the Sacramento Convention Center, Sacramento, CA http://www.unifiedsymposium.org/
 
1-31 to 2-2-13, Illinois Vintners & Grape Growers Assn. Conference – Crown Plaza Hotel, Springfield, IL.
 
2-(5-8)-13, Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers Annual Meeting & Trade Show. Details here: http://www.wawgg.org/
 
2-(5-6)-13, Viticulture 2013 at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center in Rochester, NY: New York Wine & Grape Foundation: http://vit2013.com/Home_Page.php
 
2-(5-6)-13, Northern Grapes Symposium (in conjunction with Vit 2013, details later.
 
2-(7-9)-13, Midwest Grape & Wine Conference & Trade Show – St. Charles, MO Convention Center: Details: http://www.midwestgrapeandwineconference.com/
 
2-(21-23)-13, Minnesota Grape Growers Association (MGGA) Cold Climate Conference – Crown Plaza, St. Paul. MN. Details: http://mngrapegrowers.com/conference
 
2-28 to 3-2 – 2013, 16th Nebraska Winery & Grape Growers Conference, Holiday Inn – Kearney, NE
 
3-(6-7)-13, Eastern Winery Exposition at Lancaster County Convention Center & Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square, PA: http://easternwineryexposition.com/
 
3-(12-14)-13, Wineries Unlimited at Greater Richmond Convention Center, Richmond, VA: http://www.wineriesunlimited.com/
 
3-(15 & 16)-13, Iowa Wine Growers Assn. Annual Conference at the West Des Moines Mariott. Details later: http://www.iowawinegrowers.org
 
 
 
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Iowa’s discussion group about grapes & wine
 
 
 
Michael L. White - CCA, CPAg, CSW
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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