Wine grape field day will be held at Iowa State’s Horticulture Research Station

The wine grape field day is targeted towards commercial grape growers, winemakers, extension personnel and nonprofit organizations.

AMES, Iowa – The Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition at Iowa State University will host the 2021 Wine Grape Field Day on Wednesday, Aug. 11, at Iowa State’s Horticulture Research Station near Ames. 

The event will feature research and demonstrations from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach on grapevine management, including trellis systems, canopy management, pest and disease management and evaluation of grape maturity.

This field day is offered to commercial grape growers and winemakers, extension personnel and nonprofit organizations. Hands-on activities related to basic chemistry analysis for grape maturity evaluation will also be featured. 

“Participants will learn about how to scout for insects and diseases in a vineyard and the tools to manage them, as well as vineyard practices management,” said Aude Watrelot, assistant professor of enology in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition at Iowa State. “Participants will also be able to learn how to evaluate grape maturity and the appropriate harvest time with hands-on activities related to grape basic chemical analysis including: pH, TA, degree Brix and phenolic compounds.”

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