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GRANDVIEW – The annual Washington State Grape Society meeting will take place Thursday and Friday, Nov. 14-15, at the Grandview Church of Nazarene, located at 500 N. Elm St. in Grandview.
The annual meeting offers two days of technical topics to assist grape growers in improving farming performance by practical application through scientific research. For 40 years, scientists from WSU-IAREC, Prosser and other institutions of higher learning from across Washington state and the Pacific Northwest have partnered with the Washington State Grape Society to present grape growing educational opportunities.
Grower use of these efficiencies can reduce production costs, increase yields and obtain higher quality. Improving knowledge from within the grape industry is key to the mission of the Grape Society.
Dan Newhouse, former WSDA director, will begin the Thursday session speaking about the general state of Washington agriculture.
Other topics for this two-day event include “Cool Varieties for Hot Wines,” “AgWeatherNet: A Tool for Making Decisions Based on Weather,” “Understanding Credits and Loans,” “Optimizing Water Usage With Irrigation Scheduler” and “Insect and Mite Management.”
On Friday, Dr. Joan Davenport will talk about the “Whys and Hows of Concord Chlorosis.”
Other featured speakers will include Rob McKinney of the WSU Wine Science Center, Rich Koenig of WSU-Pullman, Tim Miller of WSU-Mount Vernon and Doug Walsh of the WSU Prosser extension center.
Three pest control credits, approved by Washington State Department of Agriculture, will be offered on Friday, Nov. 15.
Trade show vendors will be available both days and located inside and outside the premises.
College students registered in viticulture, enology or horticulture course work may attend the event for a $10 fee.
At noon on Thursday a pizza party sponsored by Vine Tech Equipment and Simplot Grower Solutions will be offered free to registered attendees.
A catered luncheon will be held on Friday, pre-registration is required to obtain a $15 lunch ticket.
Sign-ups will be at the door at the cost of $45 for society members, $100 for non-members.