WG1004, New February 2010
Maintaining healthy vineyards is a key concern of commercial grape growers. Diseases and pests cause significant economic losses to the wine industry worldwide. At the 2010 Midwest Grape and Wine Conference, wine grape growers and industry experts shared information on preventing and managing vineyard diseases and pests during the Symposium on Advances in Vineyard Pest Management. Presentations on disease management covered practices for controlling grapevine trunk diseases, phomopsis cane and leaf spot, and bunch rot. Grape growers were taught ways to manage grape phylloxera, grape berry moth and Japanese beetles, and warned of emerging viruslike diseases found on some grapevine varieties in Missouri. In addition, a detailed plan for developing an effective fungicide spray program was described and methods of improving spray deposition and reducing drift of pesticides were explained.
Current and prospective commercial grape growers will benefit from learning about some of the latest research findings and practical applications described in the proceedings. Several pages of the proceedings contain full-color photographs to help growers recognize some of the pest and diseases that can harm their vineyards and their livelihoods.
WG1004, new February 2010
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