HCS Seminar Series
HCS Semiar Series
Title: Integrating Viticulture Research and Extension to Support the Michigan Grape Industry
ABSTRACT: Similar to the producers of many other Great Lakes region, wine and juice grape growers in Michigan are challenged to increase grape production and fruit quality in the future while under the limitation of cool-cold climate. The wine industry in the Eastern US is growing at a steady pace, but extremely competitive grape and wine markets demand continual improvements in fruit quality, production efficiency and sustainability. Integrated approaches, incorporating variety and clonal selection and advanced vineyard practices and technologies such as innovative canopy management practices will be the focus of the seminar. A critical component of the work involves the development of strong productivity and fruit quality measures and metrics, as well as a detailed understanding of the interactions among critical parameters such as environment, genotype and management practices on fruit and wine quality. The challenge for grape and wine growers must be addressed by advancing research and extension activities as highly integrated systems to obtain synergistic improvements in both vineyard yield and fruit quality.
Host: Dr. Imed Dami