Saturday, May 23, 2009 at 10:00 am
Lazy L Grape Ranch, Mechanicsburg, IL
This workshop, sponsored by Illinois Grape Growers and Vintners Association, Viticulture and Enology Science and Technology Alliance at Rend Lake College, University of Illinois Extension and Illinois Department of Agriculture focuses on crop control and canopy management. Brad Taylor, Southern Illinois University and Elizabeth Wahle, University of Illinois Extension, will demonstrate and discuss the major practices that growers should follow and apply to their vineyards in order to increase air movement, improve spray penetration, improve fruit composition and varietal character, increase bud fruitfulness, and improve winter hardiness.
Registration fees will be taken at the door starting at 9:30am and will be $25.00 per person which includes lunch. The program will conclude at 1:30 pm. In case of inclement weather, the program will continue inside facilities at the vineyard.
The Lazy L Grape Ranch, owned by Brad Lindquist, is located east of Springfield, just south of Mechanicsburg. From I-72, just east of Springfield, take the Mechanicsburg Exit (#114) into Mechanicsburg. Coming into Mechanicsburg, turn left (east) on to W. Main Street, then a right on to S. Church Street, which turns into Roby Road. Continue south past Darnell Road and turn left (east) onto Moomey Road. The vineyard will be on the right (south) and visible from the road.
Grape publications will be available for sale at the workshop, including the 2009 Small Fruit & Grape Spray Guide for $10.00 and The Midwest Grape Production Guide for $15.00.