#241 - May 15, 2013

 

Dandelions, Dandelions – Everywhere!

 
How to kill dandelions in the yard or vineyard without harming the grapes is one of the most common questions I get this time of year. It is amazing how a few dandelions popping up in the grass can remind us of a question that should have been asked last fall.
Bee on Dandelion
 
(R) Early season dandelions are an excellent food and pollen source for honey bees early in the season.
 
Here is the real scoop about broadleaf weed control in turf or pasture. The best and most effective time to control broadleaf weeds in turf or pasture is during the first 3 weeks after the first killing frost in the fall. This first killing frost normally occurs during mid-October in Iowa. The frost will kill the leaves of sensitive nearby plants while the leaves of winter annual, biennial and perennial weeds close to the ground remain untouched, still sending nutrients into their roots to help survive the winter. The typical 2,4-D alone or 2,4-D/dicamba/MCPA phenoxy mixed turf sprays are very effective this time of year. The second best time to spray broadleaf weeds in turf or pasture would be in early spring before phenoxy susceptible plants leaf out, (e.g. before grape bud break). The worst and least effective time to kill broadleaf weeds in turf and pasture is now and through the hot summer months.
 
Nutrient flow is moving upwards and higher temperatures aid in the potential volatilization of these phenoxy herbicides.
Yes, there are some phenoxy herbicides that are less volatile than others and you may be able to get away with an application this time of year under cool temperatures, but the risk of herbicide damage is still there. I am willing to discuss these options over the phone, but certainly will not guarantee the results. Spot spraying with Roundup (glyphosate) or digging them out may be your best options this time of year.
 
The real question should be, what is wrong with a few dandelions?
Some of you readers can still remember when dandelion covered yards were the norm instead of the bane of a neighborhood. I feel sorry for the kids growing up today
not knowing how to make dandelion necklaces out of the hollow stems, blowing the dandelion fuzz into the air or holding the flowers under ones chin to determine whether
or not they liked butter by the presence or absence of the yellow reflection. Those were simpler days. We now demand Astroturf-like yards with small signs warning people to stay off due to pesticide applications. I prefer the simpler days!
 
Dandelions (Taraxacum officinale) evolved over 3 million years ago in Eurasia. They are very unique plants, being able to cross pollinate or produce seed via self fertilization. They have a single tap root that will often be 10+ inches long and can live for two years (biennials) or several years (perennials). Dandelion comes from the old French phrase "dent de lion" meaning the lion’s tooth describing the coarsely toothed leaves. The modern French word for dandelion is "pissenlit", meaning urinate in bed because of its diuretic affects. Pissabed is the old English folk name for it.
 
There are many things dandelions can be used for:
 
b. Leaves, buds, flowers and roots can all be eaten as vegetables high in vitamins A, vitamin C, calcium and iron. http://www.squidoo.com/dandelion-recipes
g. Milky latex has been used a mosquito repellent and wart remover.
h. Yellow and green dye can be obtained from the flower parts.
i. Important nectar and pollen for bees.
 
It would be remiss of me to not mention a few minor negatives of having a healthy stand of dandelions in your vineyard. Dandelions can compete with the grapes for water and nutrients. Dandelions along with a few other broadleaf weeds can also be a host of dagger nematodes that can transmit several virus diseases to grapes. And finally, dandelions, can attract gophers into a vineyard.
 

New Initiative to Support Vine/Wine Research & Extension in MI

 
Lee Lutes (Black Star Farms) and Dave Miller (White Pine Winery) have started an initiative to aggregate industry funds to support research and Extension activities to meet the future needs of the Michigan wine industry. Click here to read the letter.
 
Regional industry meetings will be held over the next few months to discuss this concept. Anyone affiliated with the Michigan wine industry from around the state is encouraged to attend (winery representatives, individuals representing supplier organizations, economic development partners, etc.). The first meeting will be held May 23 at 4 pm in Room A of the Oleson Center at Northwest Michigan College in Traverse City. Watch for other meetings to be announced on the industry calendar of events at michiganwines.com.
 
The Michigan Grape and Wine Industry Council encourages members of the industry to give this initiative their support as an important step in the Michigan wine industry's continual evolution. For more information, contact Lee - llutes@blackstarfarms.com , or Dave - dm49065@gmail.com .
 
From: Michigan Grape & Wine Industry Council’s May 2013 newsletter.
 
 
FREE Midwest Wide CLASSIFIEDS for vineyards and wineries at Midwest Wine Press here:
 
 

5-11 UNL Field Day - Vineyard Floor Research Summary

 
I was able to attend the vineyard field day held at Fox Run Farms in Brainard, NE this past Saturday. This event was co-sponsored by the UNL Viticulture Program and Yolanda & Larry Bailey of Fox Run Farms, Fox Run Farms produces garden crops and has a 1.5 acre vineyard that was established in 2007 consisting primarily of Brianna and Marquette grapes. Yolanda (Yola) is the primary manager of the operation. They also have a Consumer Supported Agriculture (CSA) business that is now entering its 4th year of operation.
 
Viewing the different vineyard floor management research plots that UNL graduate student Christina Bavougian established in 2010 & 2011 was the primary reason I wanted to attend this field day. It also worked well into my schedule of picking up some honey bee packages for my bee yard from a honey producer in Western, Iowa.
 
The following information comes from a handout provided by Christina at the field day:
 
Objectives of this research are to investigate alternatives to synthetic herbicides for weed management and to evaluate the potential for living mulches to reduce vegetative vigor in southeast Nebraska vineyards. Research plots were established in 2010-2011 at Fox Run Farms in Brainard, NE. The vineyard is Vertical Shoot Positioned (VSP) trained Marquette vines planted in 2007.
 
3 alleyway treatments:
- "Boreal" creeping red fescue (CRF)
- "Park" Kentucky bluegrass (KBG)
- Resident vegetation (control)
 
5 in-row treatments:
- crushed glass mulch (CGM)
- "Boreal" creeping red fescue (CRF)
- dried distillers grain (DDG)
- glyphosate (GLY)
- weedy control (WC)
 
Alleyway treatment results:
- Affected Brix and pH in 2011 (KBG > CRF > control)
- Affected pruning weight in both years (KBG) = CRF > control)
- Did NOT affect yield, shoot length, canopy density, soil & vine moisture status
 
In-row treatment results:
- CGM increased soil Temperature (T), vine and soil moisture, shoot length and leaf layer #
- CRF reduced soil T, vine and soil moisture, shoot length, leaf layer #, 2012 pH. Easy to establish; excellent weed control and complete soil coverage; may require mowing once per season.
- DDG increased soil T, vine and soil moisture, shoot length, leaf layer #, 2012 pH. Potential for effective weed control (application time is key); requires several applications per season.
- GLYhad intermediate soil T, soil moisture, shoot length, leaf layer #; reduced 2012 pH. Effective weed control with ~3 applications per season
- WC reduced soil T, vine and soil moisture, shoot length, leaf layer #, 2012 pH. No weed control, complete soil coverage; may require mowing once.
- None of the in-row treatments affected yield, pruning weight
 
Recommendations:
- CGM, DDG, or other mulches could be good options for newly planted vineyards.The conserve water, protect soil from erosion and control weeds.
- Living mulches (like CRF and WC) can perform well in ESTABLISHED vineyards. They require little maintenance, protect and improve soil and can reduce vine vigor.
 
Contact Christina Bavougian for further info: Christina.huck@huskers.unl.edu
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A full picture album of this field day can be found on my facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000304374293
 
UNL Field DayUNL Field Day
(Above-L) Christina Bavougian, UNL Viticulture Program graduate student (center) leads group through her vineyard floor treatment plots. 5-11-13
(Above-R) Vineyard row treatments. Front to back: dried distiller’s grain, crushed glass and creeping red fescue. 5-11-13
 
Yolanda Bailey, UNL Field Dayground glass application-UNL Field Day
(Above-L) Yolanda Bailey presented information about her Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) business.
(Above-R) Ground glass was applied 3" deep and provided good weed control for the first year. It had smooth edges. 5-11-13
 

New ISU Pub: Conserving Beneficial Insects with Native Plants

 
Ecosystem Services are goods and services humans obtain from managed and natural ecosystems such as food, fuel, fiber and recreation. Pollinators & Natural Enemies are examples of beneficial insects that play a vital role in ecological processes that support these services.
 
Providing a diverse plant habitat is key in attracting and maintaining these beneficial insects.
 
Conserving Beneficial Insects with Native Plants is a new 2 page publication from the ISU Leopold Center that provides guidance on selecting and establishing native plants.
 
Almost every vineyard and/or winery has an area that can be turned into a native planting. This new FREE publication can help you get this done. Check it out here:
 

ISU: New FREE Pesticide Record-Keeping App Now Available

By Kristine Schaefer, Department of Entomology
 
Pesticide AppIowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach worked with iOS app developer Rade | Eccles to develop the Pesticide and Field Records iPad app to help producers and agriculture businesses record and maintain pesticide application information. The free iPad app allows users to link information to specific field locations using satellite mapping and document pesticide application information needed to comply with state and federal record-keeping requirements. The app also features a product search option that lists Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) product registration numbers and identifies restricted use products.
 
Development of the app was funded by the ISU Extension Pest Management and the Environment program and a grant from the EPA under assistance of the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship Pesticide Bureau.
 
Kristine Schaefer is a program specialist in the Department of Entomology. She can be reached at 515-294-4286 or schaefer@iastate.edu
 

Eichorn – Lorenz Phenological Stages: 38 stages of grapevine development during the season.

 

FREE - Tank Mix Spray App from Precision Laboratories

 
Precision Laboratories has updated to its Mix Tank application, available immediately for download on iPhone and Android smartphones. Mix Tank 2.1 improves the already easy-to-use application and introduces new features to help applicators prevent tank mixing problems.
 
Some of the features included with Mix Tank 2.1 are:
- Ease in selecting from 1,200+ crop protection products
- "Mixing Precautions" alerts users of potential compatibility issues.
- GPS integration
- Spray record documentation and easy sharing options
- Stopwatch functions
- Weather data integration
- Spray Mix Order recommendation
 
More details on Mix Tank 2.1 and download option can be found here: http://www.precisionlab.com/mixtank
 

5-21, Secrets of a Successful Tasting Room – Free Webinar

 
When: 11:30 a.m to 12:30 p.m CST, Tuesday, May 21st. 2013
 
Who: An interactive video discussion of Wine Business Monthly and Silicon Valley Bank's 2013 Tasting Room Survey Results
 
Agenda: Rob McMillan, EVP & founder of Silicon Valley Bank's Wine Division, will review the survey results and interpret industry trends with a panel of experts, including:
Cyril Penn - Editor in Chief, Wine Business Monthly
Brian Baker - VP Sales & Marketing, Chateau Montelena
Ahin Thomas - Co-founder & President, Vintners' Alliance
 
Some of the topics covered will include:
Direct sales through tasting rooms and revenue generated
Fees and fee reimbursement
Staff compensation and benefits
CRM integration
Detailed wine club metrics
 
By signing up for the presentation, you will receive a link to the replay and the complete Silicon Valley Bank 2013 Tasting Room Survey results after the webinar.
 

6-4, MO Grape Growers Association Annual Meeting & Field Day

 
When: 9 a.m to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, 6-4-12, 8-9 a.m. Registration
 
Where: at the Rosati Winery Museum 22050 State Route K, St. James, MO
 
Cost: $15 each for MGGA members, $20 each for non-members
 
 
 
 
SWE logo
 
 
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. (19 days)
 
Complete information here: http://www.societyofwineeducators.org
 
Questions: Contact Michael L. White mlwhite@iastate.edu or 515-681-7286
 
 
 

Midwest Grape and Wine Industry Institute, Iowa State University

An Introduction to Wine Microorganisms: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
 
The goodThe BadThe Ugly
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When: June 11th, 2013 8 am - 4 pm
 
Workshop Description: Kenneth Fugelsang, retired professor of Enology from California State University-Fresno, will present several aspects of wine microbiology. Participants will gain hands on experience using microscopic examination and other classical techniques to identify common wine and spoilage microorganisms. They will also have the opportunity to evaluate the effects of spoilage organisms on finished wines.
 
Topics covered include:
 Microscope use and care
 Difference between wine microorganisms and spoilage microorganisms
 Techniques used in the detection of microorganisms
 Importance of sanitation
 Flavor defects from yeast and bacteria
 Microbial control
 Tasting wine flaws and faults from spoilage microorganisms
 
Cost: $95 per person for Iowa registrants
$115 per person for out-of-state registrants
(Lunch is included)
 
Location: 2379 Food Science Building, Iowa State University, Ames, IA 50011
 
Registration: Online @ http://goo.gl/Dgdml. Space is limited to 24 participants, must be 21 or older.
 
Questions: Regarding workshop content - Stephanie Groves, sgroves@iastate.edu at 515-294-1555
General information: Tammi Martin, tkmartin@iastate.edu or 515-294-3308
 

IL State Fair Amateur Wine Competition Open to Midwestern States

 
Ill Wine CompetitionEntry Deadline: 6-11-13
 
Judging: 6-(17-19)-13 at Lincoln Land Community College – Springfield, MO
 
Cost: $15 per entry.
 
Open to: all Midwestern amateur wine makers.
 
 

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. CST
Early Season Disease Mgt. – 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.
 
 
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
 

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

 
Elderberry symposiumWhen:
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
 
 
 
 

Marketing Tidbits

 
1. Managing the Tasting Room Experience, 5-12-13 – Midwest Wine Press:
 
2. How to Find a Target Mark Area (at no cost), 5-10-13 Craig Tordsen – Iowa Market
 
 

International Women’s Winemaker’s Wine Competition

Sonoma County, CA
 
Entry Deadline: 6-20-13
Judging: 7-(9-10)-13
 
Cost: $75 n paper, $65 Online
 
 
 
 

Notable Quotables

 
"At a time when consumers have more wine choices than ever, keeping a tight focus on maximizing direct-to-consumers sales through the tasting room and wine club is crucial for most wineries, especially small wineries"
 
From: 2013 Tasting Room Survey Results, pp. 46-54, May 2013 Wine Business Monthly
 
"There’s always someone with wine they are desperate to shift, and so they will sell at a very low price."
 
From: Competition, price and why cheap wine will never be profitable, 5-13-13 – jamie goode’s wine blog
 

Neeto-Keeno WWW Stuff

 
1. Check out all the presentations and handouts given at the Feb. 13-15, 2013 Michigan Grape & Wine Conference: http://www.michiganwines.com/conference#sthash.ytmcfylq.dpbs
 

Show n Tell

 
After attending the UNL Viticulture field day I was able to visit 3 wineries on my way back home. They were: Makovicka Winery – Brainard, NE; Windcrest Winery – Raymond, NE and Wunderosa Winery in Roca, NE. All three of these wineries were very cordial and the wines were all very good. A few of the pictures of my visit follow:
 
Makovicka WinerySteve Makovicka
(Above-L) Deck overlooking vineyard at Makovicka Winery.
(Above-R) Steve Makovicka (R) with his daughter in tasting room.
 
Dale Lilyhorn, Windcrest wineryWindcrest Winery
(Above-L) Dale Lilyhorn, owner-operator of Windcrest Winery pours a very good St. Vincent wine for tasting. 5-11-13
(Above-R) Cultivar name with month & year each row was planted was posted on end posts at Windcrest Winery. Excellent Idea! 5-11-13
 
Wunderosa WineryLinda Wunderlich, Wunderosa Winery
(Above-L) Front of Wunderosa Winery with 80’ x 16’ front porch. 5-11-13
(Above-R) Linda Wunderlich, owner-operator of Wunderosa Winery standing in her very well designed wine production area. 5-11-13
 
Four separate picture albums with scripts of the UNL Viticulture field day and visits to all three of these wineries can be found here on my facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000304374293
 

Videos of Interest

 
1. Fox TV 18 Quad Cities - IA report of 1st ever 5-11-13, Wine Tourism Day with an interview at Creekside Vineyards located Coal Valley, IL, 1:49 min.:
 

Articles of Interest

 
1. 10 Tips for Going Pro, Feb./Mar issue of WineMaker Magazine:
 
2. China: Pandas at Risk from Chinese vineyards, 5-7-13 – the Drinks Business:
 
3. VA: Local winery to produce wine with solar energy, 5-7-13 – Fairfax Times:
 
4. LaCrescent: A Winemakers Grape, 5-12-13 – Midwest Wine Press:
 
5. Organic Wine: What to Buy, What to Avoid, 5-13-13 – Huffinton Post:
 
6. Neonicotinoid Insecticides and Honey Bees, 5-10-13 – ISU Horticulture Home Pest News:
 
7. Cork & Carry a Possibility in Illinois, 5-12-13 – wsilTV – Southern IL:
 
8. MN: Minnesota liquor tax hike could cause widespread damage, 5-13-13 – Brainard Dispatch:
 
9. MO: Missouri Governor Signs Family Farming Bill into Law, 5-14-13 – OzarkFirst.com:
 
10. MO:Legislators block liquor legislation, 5-14-14 – St. Louis Dispatch:
 

Calendar of Events

 
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/
 
6-4, Missouri Grape Growers Association viticulture field day. Details later here: http://www.missourigrapegrowers.org/
 
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: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/wine/upcomingevents
 
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/
 
7-13, ISU Extension Northern Grape Project Vineyard Field Day – Adel & Madrid, Iowa. Details later.
 
7-28, Minnesota Grape Growers Association Annual Picnic – Four Daughters Vineyard & Winery at Spring Valley, MN. 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
 
8-12, 2 -7:30 p.m. Fruit and Vegetable Field Day, Horticulture Research Station - Ames. Sponsored in part by PFI and IFVGA. Details later here: http://www.hort.iastate.edu/
 
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/
 
1-(23 & 24), Iowa Fruit & Vegetable Growers Assn. annual conference – Ankeny, IA. Details later here: http://www.ifvga.org/
 
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