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Western Washington Vineyard Workshop

June 27, 2018 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm



When: Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Location: Comforts of Whidbey, Langley, WA


Registration Deadline: June 18, 2018

 Registration Cost:  $75

2 Pesticide recertification credits are being offered.

Workshop Agenda

8:30 AM         Check-In

8:45 AM         Introduction of the Day

9:00 AM         Grapevine Nutrient Management: From Vineyard to Winery

This presentation will discuss the major vineyard nutrient management considerations, with a focus on timing of those applications and tests (soil and tissue).  Discussions on the role of water availability on nutrient management will also be presented. Presented by Dr. Michelle Moyer, Viticulture Extension Specialist, WSU V&E Program.

10:15 AM       Break (Coffee and snacks included in registration)

10:30 AM       Vineyard Sprayer Maintenance: How to Start the Season Off Right

This presentation will go through the basic steps to ensuring your spray rig is off to the right start for the season.  We will discuss routine sprayer maintenance, calibration, and other tools needed to properly apply pesticides in the vineyard. We will discuss what happens when these things are not working properly (e.g., product over-application, worker exposure, drift).  A special emphasis will be placed on understanding how nozzles work, how to properly select them based on the job (herbicide, insecticide, or fungicide application), and what it means when nozzles are worn.  A hands-on demonstration will be conducted that will show how nozzle wear-and-tear, and nozzle type (air-induction vs. standard), and pressure all influence deposition and drift.  Presented by Ms. Margaret McCoy, PhD Candidate, WSU V&E Program.

 12:15 PM        Lunch (Included in registration)        .

12:45 PM        Canopy Chaos: Tips and Tricks Cheats for Controlling Canopy Growth

This presentation will cover the basics on how vine canopies grow, and what you can do to manipulate that growth for improved fruit quality and pest management. A focus on in-season canopy management strategies will highlight key timing of activities as it relates to fruit ripening, as well as when these strategies should be implemented to complement powdery mildew and Botrytis bunch rot disease management programs. An open 15 minutes at the end for Q&A relating to individual challenges and opportunities in canopy management will be available. Presented by Dr. Michelle Moyer, Viticulture Extension Specialist, WSU V&E Program.

 Transition to Vineyard

 2:00 PM          Canopy and Crop Management in Practice

This hands-on vineyard activity will include the following:

  • Shoot thinning and fruit-zone leaf removal in practice. Mini-trials set up in the vineyard to see how they perform over the course of the summer into the fall.
  • Discuss the ins and outs of crop thinning, appropriate timing, and why the goal needs to be considered before the practice is completed.
  • Crop estimation group activity.

Presented by Dr. Michelle Moyer, Viticulture Extension Specialist, WSU V&E Program and Ms. Margaret McCoy, PhD Candidate, WSU V&E Program.


3:30 PM          Workshop Conclusion and Surveys



Anyone attending this program who requires auxiliary aids or services, please contact Michelle Moyer at 509-786-9234 or Extension programs and employment are available to all without discrimination. Evidence of noncompliance may be reported through your local Extension office.


June 27, 2018
9:30 am - 4:30 pm
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Michelle Moyer


Comforts of Whidbey
5219 View Road
Langley, WA 98260 United States
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