#242 - May 22, 2013


The Annual "Wilcox" Grape Disease Mgt. Update Now Online

Cornell University’s grape pathologist Wayne Wilcox has posted his 2013 annual disease management update. Dr. Wilcox leads Cornell’s grape pathology program, with responsibilities for research, extension, and undergraduate instruction on topics pertaining to disease biology and management .
This year’s 44 page document is a comprehensive but informally written guide to grape fungicides, major grape diseases, their biology and both chemical and non-chemical management, and putting a disease management program together. It also provides a quick summary of key results grape pathology research at Cornell over the past 10 years.

25 Selected Weed ID Resources

What is that WEED? A very common question this time of year. Here are some good information sources for weed identification that you can use in your in your vineyard, turf, garden or field.
1. ISU Weed Identification Field Guide, 8-20-10 – 56 broadleaf weeds, 19 grass and grass like weeds, 250 high quality color photographs, 24 illustrations, 104 p. - $15. (Free electronic version)
2. Weeds of the Midwestern United States & Central Canada, 7-1-10 – Univ. of Georgia Press, 440p., 1423 color photos, 363 maps, Approx. $25 on Amazon.com.
3. Weeds of the Great Plains, University of Nebraska and Nebraska Department of Agriculture, excellent narratives of 400+ plants, line drawings of 266 weeds, large color photographs, $25.
4. Weeds of the Northeast, 1997 Cornell University Press – 408 p. 746 color photos, 118 drawing, 17 tables, paperback, $29.95.
5. Weeds of the West, 2006 – 9th printing, published by the Western Society of Weed Science, 900 color photos, 650 p. 350+ weed species, $34.
6. Interactive Encyclopedia of North American Weeds, 690 weeds & 4,300+ photographs. North Central Weed Society, $55.
7. 1,000 Broadleaf Weeds of the North Central States, Android App. XID Services $9.95:
8. BASF Weed ID Guide I-Phone App, 140 weeds & 1,000+ pictures. FREE
9. University of Missouri Weed ID App for i-phone, i-pad and Android devices. FREE
15. New Jersey Weed Gallery, Rutgers University
17. Weed Identification & Management, University of Wisconsin- Madison
18. Weeds of the North Central States, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
19. Annual Grass & Perennial Weed ID, University of Minnesota
20. Grass & Broadleaf Weed Seedling ID Key, University of Minnesota
21. Weeds of Kansas, 163 p. ppt converted to PDF – Kanas State University
23. Northeastern Weed Science Society, extensive list of weed ID resources
24. Weed Identification, Purdue University
FREE Midwest Wide CLASSIFIEDS for vineyards and wineries at Midwest Wine Press here:

6-1 – Swine Fest – DMACC, Ankeny, IA

Swine FestThe 7th annual Swine Fest will be held from 4-8 p.m. on Saturday, June 1st . Early purchase tickets are $35 and $40 for tickets purchased the day of the event.
Two of Iowa’s best tastes come together in a casual, yet refined event designed to benefit the viticulture and enology program at Des Moines Area Community College.
This year’s event will feature central Iowa’s finest chefs and wines from 15 Iowa wineries. Chefs will prepare samples of gourmet pork offerings while wineries will pour samples and offer wine for sale.

6-(1-8), Wine Fest Des Moines – Iowa’s Biggest

Winefest Des MoinesWine Fest Des Moines, a full week of wine tasting and education.
Iowa wine, beer, cuisine and music will be featured from 2-5pm on Sunday, June 2nd at the Ramsey Subaru Lawn Party which is a part of Wine Fest.
Plonk – term often used to describe a low quality wine.

2013 Intl. Cold Climate Wine Competition

CCC2013Open to: Commercial wineries only, 31 different categories
Cost: $40 per entry
Online Registration: Starts Friday, May 17, and closes at 11:00 p.m. CST on Thursday, August 1. Pre-registered entries must arrive by 4:30 p.m. on Monday, August 5.
Competition to be held August 16, 2013
Sponsored by: University of Minnesota & the Minnesota Grape Growers Association (MGGA)

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
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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. (12 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
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

Il 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.

7-1 Deadline – Iowa State Fair Commercial & Amateur Wine Competition

Iowa State Fair
July 1st is the early entry deadline for the Iowa State Fair amateur and commercial wine competition. Late entries can be made from July 2nd to 8th for twice the regular entry fee. Amateur fees are $5 / $10 and the commercial fees are $25 / $50. Amateur entries need to be delivered to the Iowa State Fairgrounds on Saturday, July 22nd. The commercial entries need to the Iowa State Fairgrounds from July 15th -19th. Both competitions are open to only Iowa winemakers.

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

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
Need at ride?
I will be attending the Producer Forum. Leaving Indianola, IA on the afternoon of 6-12 and arriving back the evening of 6-14. Mike White: 515-681-7286
Steely: A term used to describe an extremely crisp, acidic wine that was not aged in barrels.

Marketing Tidbits

1. "In new guidelines, the federal government declared that sites like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn are essentially new forms of advertising. As a result, companies selling adult  beverages on those sites are subject to advertising rules, according to regulators.…… Essentially, the mandatory statements amount to listing the name and address of the advertiser"
From: Feds put new rules on wineries' use of social media, 5-16-13 – the Press Democrat:
2. "However, Mintel research shows there is consumer scepticism towards too much flavour innovation in wine. Around 60% of people surveyed said they would not drink a wine with  an "unusual flavour", such as chocolate, although younger consumers appeared more  amenable to the idea."
From: Wine producers need to rethink bottle sizes, 5-21-13 – Harpers UK
3. Is this the Beginning of Juice Box Wine, 5-21-13 – The Wine Economist: http://wineeconomist.com/2013/05/21/juice-box-wine/

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

"Enjoying fine food and wine at the family table surrounded by your loved ones and friends, is not just a joy, it is one of the highest forms of the art of living."
~Robert Mondavi

Neeto-Keeno WWW Stuff

I Drink Local Wine1. Check out Brad Johnson’s new " I Support Local Wine" facebook page here:
2. "The World in Wine" Infographic:
3. Weekly Map: State Wine Excise Tax Rates, 2013:

Show n Tell

(Left) Early season Anthracnose (Elsinoe ampelina) lesions on leaves of Marechal Foch. Our recent cool & wet weather has favored this disease in Iowa.
Dormant applications of liquid lime sulfur or Sulforix just prior to bud break will keep this disease in check. 5-19-13 Indianola
Aronia Berries
(Right) Aronia Berries are now in full bloom in Central, Iowa. 5-19-13 Indianola.

Videos of Interest

1. Iowa Wine cartoon by Brian Duffy, 4-1-13, 27 sec.:

Articles of Interest

1. The Impact of Proposed Lower Blood Alcohol Content Levels on Wine Lovers, 5-15-13 – Fermentation Wine Blog:
2. Researchers Don't 'Wine' About The Cold, Their Grapes Thrive, 5-16-13 – NPR (article and radio interview about the "Northern Grapes Project":
3. Senate Agriculture Committee Indicates Support of Specialty Crops with Farm Bill, 5-16-13 – Wine America:
4. AU: Can native plants fight vineyard pests?, 5-17-13 – ABC News Australia:
5. MO: Climate Change Prompts Renewed Interest In Native Missouri Grapes, 5-17-13 – KRCU Radio- Southeast Missouri State University (article and radio interview):
6. MO: How screwed up is three-tier? Plenty, as Missouri can attest, 5-20-13 – The Wine Curmudgeon:
7. France: Wine Drinkers Face Little Danger from Pesticides, but Winegrowers Do, 5-20-13- Wine Spectator:
8. MN: Minn. Legislature Allows Beer, Wine Sales In Capitol, 5-20-13 – CBS Minnesota:
9. 8 keys to a better wine grape grower contract, 5-21-13 – Western Farm Press:
10. WI: New winery approved by Troy township board, 5-21-13 – Pierce County Herald:

Calendar of Events

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-(1-8), Deadline for Iowa State Fair Amateur / Commercial Wine competition. 7-1 deadline is $5 / $25 and 7-(2-8) deadline is $10/$50 per entry. Two bottles per entry. In-state only. http://www.iowastatefair.org/competition/categories/
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)-14, Iowa Fruit & Vegetable Growers Assn. annual conference – Ankeny, IA. Details later here: http://www.ifvga.org/
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