#238 - April 24, 2013


New! Phosphorous Acid Downy Mildew Publication from Texas AgriLife Extension

Phosphorous Acid Products for Controlling Downy Mildew in GrapesPhosphorous acid is a very useful economical systemic fungicide for preventing and controlling downy mildew (Plasmopara viticola) of grapes. It is often used during rainy periods when some other preventative fungicides can wash off (e.g. Captan, Mancozeb & Ziram). It is also a good candidate to combine with the strobilurin fungicides (e.g. Abound, Pristine & Sovran) to protect against strobilurin downy mildew resistance from occurring. One drawback though, is the leaf burn that can occur when using higher concentrations of phosphorous acid.
Fritz Westover, Viticulture Specialist for Texas A&M AgriLife Extension has published a new FREE 4-page Online publication: "Phosphorous Acid Products for Controlling Downy Mildew in Grapes" that can be found here: https://agrilifebookstore.org/publications_details.cfm?whichpublication=3195

Vineyard Signup on the Iowa Sensitive Crops Directory VERY Slow This Year

Since April of 2008 Iowans with pesticide sensitive crops such as organic producers, vineyards, orchards, fruits and vegetables and apiaries have been able to register their locations Online with the Iowa Department of Agriculture. This is a "FREE" service. This directory has been developed to provide pesticide applicators with the locations of crops that are most susceptible to damage from pesticide drift.
Only 19 vineyards from 14 Iowa counties have been listed so far this year!
 Where are the other 300?
The intended crops for inclusion in the registry are vineyards  (minimum one acre), orchards (minimum one acre), certified organic crops (minimum one acre), and fruit and vegetable crops (minimum ½ acre). Commercial apiaries (no size limit) are also included in the registry. The crops at each registered location must be intended for commercial use, be susceptible to pesticide drift damage, and meet the minimum acreage requirements.
Registered producers and beekeepers may update their information at any time during the year. However, because registration expires December 31st of each year, producers and beekeepers that wish to remain actively registered must confirm, and edit if necessary, their registration information beginning in January of the following year. There are several Online "help" sites that can be used by producers to find and register their GPS location.
No Spray Sign
The Department has 12" x 18" aluminum field signs that are available for $5 each (minimum order of two signs). Producers can post the signs at the physical location of the pesticide sensitive crop at a height above the crop canopy that will make them visible to both ground and aerial applicators. These signs are only available to sites registered on the Sensitive Crops Directory.
Producers can sign up for the Sensitive Crops directory Online here: http://www.iowaagriculture.gov/Horticulture_and_FarmersMarkets/sensitiveCropDirectory.asp
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The next Society of Wine Educators, Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW) exam held on the ISU campus in Ames, Iowa will be from 2-3 p.m. Monday, June 3rd, 2013. (38 days)
Complete information here: http://www.societyofwineeducators.org
Questions: Contact Michael L. White mlwhite@iastate.edu or 515-681-7286

Society of Wine Educators Launches Blog – Wine, Wit, and Wisdom

By: Tara Thomas, April 15, 2013
Washington, DC – The Society of Wine Educators (SWE) is proud to announce the launch of its official blog: Wine, Wit, and Wisdom http://winewitandwisdomswe.com.
The SWE blog will feature articles on the newest developments in the world of wine and spirits, updating readers on regulatory changes, trends, production methods, and world regions. Wine, Wit, and Wisdom is authored and administrated by Jane Nickles, CWE, an award-winning wine writer and educator with over 25 years’ experience in the field of wine and culinary education.
As the official blog of the leading wine and spirits educational organization in America, Wine, Wit, and Wisdom will give voice to many of the top wine and spirits educators and leaders in the nation, as well as guide those who are in the process of studying for any of the SWE’s highly regarded certification programs. "My goal is to make this an active discussion of the key issues in our business," says Nickles, "and I will not be doing that alone. I will encourage and challenge our membership and other key leaders to participate with their ideas, information and opinions."
The blog will also provide engagement for readers by holding contests, offering quizzes, and providing updates on the latest programs and events the SWE offers. Among the highlights of the blog will be notes on the annual conference in Orlando in late July. "There will be guided tastings presenting wines and/or spirits from at least 15 different countries and 42 wine regions from around the world," says Nickles. "Among the instructors teaching the sessions will be 21 Certified Wine Educators, 6 Master Sommeliers and five Masters of Wine. That’s an amazing line-up, and all of them will be featured in the blog."
For individuals interested in finding out more about how to become a contributor, please contact bevspecialist@societyofwineeducators.org for more information.
The Society of Wine Educators is the leading international organization of professionals dedicated specifically to wine and spirits education. It offers several highly-regarded certification programs for professionals in the wine and spirits industry, and its annual conference is the most comprehensive wine education event in America. Exams and seminars are offered throughout the USA and internationally. For more information, please contact: www.societyofwineeducators.org or call 202-408-8777

Replacement for Rely 280 SL Coming Soon in Limited Supply

Some of you may recall warnings last fall that Rely 280 SL (24.5% glufosinate-ammonium) herbicide was not going to be available for sale in 2013 by Bayer CropScience because of the huge demand for the glufosinate-ammonium active ingredient being used in the glufosinate-ammonium transgenic resistant canola, corn, cotton, soybean and sugar beet crops. Part of this demand is due to the many weeds that are becoming resistant to glyphosate (eg…Roundup). Farmers can use glufosinate-ammonium herbicides like Liberty 280 SL or Ignite 280 SL as another post emergent herbicide option in these transgenic crops.
I just received word from Wayne Peterson at Midwest Grower Supply that Solera ATO, makers of Reckon 280 SL (24.5% glufosinate-ammonium)(old label) has a new Reckon 280 SL coming on the market in May that will have grapes and many other horticultural crops on the label. This newly labeled Reckon 280 SL will be available in limited supply and should cost approximately 10% above last year’s Rely 280 SL product. Wayne Peterson suggested that growers interested in Reckon 280 SL contact their pesticide supplier ASAP and ask about availability and price.
PS: I checked the Iowa Department of Agriculture pesticide registration directory and did find that that new Reckon 280 SL horticultural label has been registered and approved for sale in Iowa. mlw
FREE Midwest Wide CLASSIFIEDS for vineyards and wineries at Midwest Wine Press here:

FREE Grape & Wine Webinar Series - Michigan State University

These webinars are free, but you must register for them separately in advance, by 5:00PM EST on the day prior to each webinar.
4-17-13, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Central Standard Time
Early Season Disease Management – Dr. Annemiek Schilder
5-1-13, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. CST
Understanding Michigan’s Tasting Room Visitors – Dr. Dan McCole
6-26-13 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. CST
Grape Berry Moth Management – Dr. Rufus Issaacs
Webinars are free, made possible by funding from Project GREEEN.
You must register in advance here.
Registration is separate for each webinar. A web link and instructions will be sent to registrants prior to each event.
Further info: Paul Jenkins Grape & Wine Program
Michigan State University,East Lansing, Michigan
Barrique: a 225-litre oak barrel used in storing and aging Bordeaux wines.

4-(27-28), Intensive Tasting Proficiency Training - ISU

Aroma samplesWhen: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day. Sat/Sun, April 27-28, 2013
2311 Food Sciences Building
Iowa State University - Ames, IA
This workshop will benefit both beginners and established professionals who wish to produce, sell, serve, purchase, or simply enjoy quality wine! This course can be used to certify those who wish to volunteer for the Iowa Quality Wine Consortium (IQWC) sensory panel.
Participants will learn a variety of skills in wine evaluation to become proficient in tasting wines critically. The workshops begin with the major components in wine including sugars, acids, alcohols and tannins. Exercises will be completed in white and red wine aroma identification, varietal identification, wine flaws and faults, and consistency in scoring among others.
This is a 2-day intensive workshop. We will meet from 9 am – 4:30 pm each day (with a 90 minute break for participants to leave for lunch).
Participants who attend this workshop may test their proficiency if they wish. Separate testing date TBD. Those who pass the proficiency test have the option to volunteer on the IQWC sensory certification panel.
Cost : IQWC members: N/A (included with membership), Non-members: $50 per person
Registration: Contact Tammi Martin, 515-294-3308 or tkmartin@iastate.edu
(Participants must be at least 21 years of age). Space is limited.
For IQWC membership information, contact Joan O’Brien, Iowa Wine Growers Association, 515-262-8323, joano@agribiz.org , http://iowawinegrowers.org/

6-(9-14), 1st International Elderberry Symposium - MO

International Symposium on Elderberry When: 6-(9-12), Sun. – Wed. Scientific Presentations
6-(13-14) Thurs.-Fri. Producer Program
Where: Scientific presentations will be head at
Stoney Creek Inn, 2601 S. Providence Rd., Columbia, MO 65203 ph: 573-442-6400
Producer Program will be held at Eridu Farms, 19010 S. Mackie Lane, Hartsburg, MO 65039 ph: 573-657-1177
Questions: Andrew Thomas, Email: thomasal@missouri.edu ; Phone: 417-466-0065
Brettanomyces: A wine-spoiling yeast that produces barnyard, mousey, metallic, and band-aidish aromas. Commonly referred to as "brett".

Marketing Tidbits

1. Stand Up Wine & Spirits Pouch, March 2013 edition of Package Deisign Magazine:

Notable Quotables

"Another finding of the study is that as China’s fragile bamboo forests come under pressure from wine growers looking for new plots of land, that development could adversely impact the China’s endangered Panda population."
From: Fastest Growing Wine Producing Region in the World, 4-15-13 – PRI The World:
"Is great wine made in the vineyard or the winery? We say 90/10: 90% vineyard, 10% genious."
From: Q&A, Fred Schader, Schrader Cellars, 4-17-13 – wine-searcher
"State lawmakers are looking at a measure to tax Illinois wine sales at two cents per gallon. The money from that tax would be used to help promote the state's wine industry through advertisements meant to attract more tourists to the wine country."

Videos of Interest

1. Thermal Plant Treatment Machine - Agro Thermal Systems hot air blow gun for vineyards, 55 sec. :

Neeto-Keeno WWW Stuff

1. EnoTools "Free Classifieds":
2. 2010-2013 Workshop & Meeting Handouts – Pennsylvania Wine Grape Network:
3. Drink Local Wine:
4. UC Davis Organic Weed Control Options:

Articles of Interest

2. American Society of Enology & Viticulture (ASEV) Select the Best Papers for 2013, 4-8-13, ASEV:
3. Don’t overlook good hybrid wines, 4-12-13 – Durham Region.com:
4. MN: Smokers, Wine Drinkers, Wealthy Pay More Under DFL Proposal, 4-15, KAAL TV6:
5. 5 Upcycled Products from Wine Waste, 4-16-13 – Wine Folly:
6. France: Fungus Resistant Grape Variety Unveiled, 4-16-13 – the Drinks Business:
7. Could Wine Industry Waste Be Used in Broiler Feed?, 4-19-13 – The Poultry Site:
8. IA: Iowa State an invaluable resource for growing Iowa wine industry, 4-22-13 – ISU Food Science:

Show n Tell

American Wine Exhibit
(Left) American Wine Exhibit at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History in San Rafael, CA. Check it out here:
State Spirits Excise Tax Rates map
(Above) This week’s weekly map from the Tax Foundation, 4-18-13:

Calendar of Events

4-(27-28), Intensive Tasting Proficiency Training – ISU Food Science Building. Contact Tammi Martin, 515-294-3308 or tkmartin@iastate.edu
4-(28-30), Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America 70th Annual Convention & Exposition – Grande Lakes – Orlando, FL: http://www.wswa.org/meetings.php?EventID=10
5-11, Inaugural Wine Tourism Day http://www.winetourismday.org
5-(16-18), Winemaker Magazine Conference - Monterey, CA. Full Details & Registration: http://www.winemakermag.com/conference
6-1, Swine Festival on the DMACC campus, Ankeny, IA http://swinefestival.com/
6-(1-8), Des Moines Wine Fest: http://www.winefestdesmoines.com/
6-(9-14), First International Elderberry Symposium at Columbia, MO. Details here: http://muconf.missouri.edu/elderberrysymposium/
6-11, Wine Microbiology Workshop, ISU Midwest Grape & Wine Industry Institute – Ames, IA. Kenneth C. Fugelsang, Professor Emeritus – California State University, Fresno. Details Soon!
6-(24-28), 64th American Society of Enology & Viticulture (ASEV) National Conference, Portola Hotel & Monterey Conference Center – Monterey, CA: http://asev.org/national-conference-2013/
7-28, Minnesota Grape Growers Association Annual Picnic. Details later here: http://mngrapegrowers.com/
7-31 to 8-2, 37th Society of Wine Educators Annual Conference, Renaissance Hotel at Sea World in Orlando, FL: http://www.societyofwineeducators.org/conference
8-16, 5th Annual International Cold Climate Wine Competition. Details here: http://mngrapegrowers.com/competition
8-(8-18), Iowa State Fair Wine Experience Exhibit. Volunteer announcement will be sent out in July. http://www.iowastatefair.org/
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