MARCH 11, 2020.  BY LODI WINEGRAPE COMMISSION.

NOTE – MEETING IS POSTPONED DUE TO COVID-19 TO APRIL 2021 (possibly).  Same venue, timing, and format!  If you already RSVP’d, we have you on the list for the future meeting.

Please join your fellow Lodi growers, PCAs, and others in (possibly) April 2021 for the third and final MEALYBUG & VIRUS OUTREACH MEETING!  This third meeting builds upon knowledge gained over the past few years, with new speakers and local management examples.  Be sure to RSVP (details below) as lunch is provided.  Everyone is welcome and the event is FREE to attend thanks to grant funding from the American Vineyard Foundation and the CDFA PD/GWSS Board.  We’ll be passing out copies of our virus grower workbook – WHAT EVERY WINEGROWER SHOULD KNOW: VIRUSES.

A full audience at the 2019 Lodi Mealybug & Virus Outreach Meeting. Click on image to view videos from the 2019 workshop.

Grapevine viruses are expensive, complicated, and confusing, but HELP is on the way.  The upcoming Lodi Mealybug & Virus Outreach Meeting will provide timely, relevant information on red blotch virus, leafroll virus, virus management, mealybugs, replanting after a virus infection, the sudden vine collapse, and regional cooperation.  This workshop is the result of intense studies by Lodi’s Mealybug Biocontrol and Grapevine Virus Research Focus Groups comprised of volunteer growers, PCAs, scientists, extension personnel, and industry leaders who gather monthly to discuss short and long term strategies to solve our mealybug & virus challenges.  Held at the Cabral Ag Center in Stockton, you’ll learn real-world management tips from special guests Dr. Kent Daane (Entomologist, UC), Chris Storm (Director of Viticulture, Vino Farms), Charlie Starr IV (PCA and Lodi grower), Dr. Maher Al Rwahnih (Plant Virologist, UC), Dr. Neil McRoberts (Plant Pathology Epidemiologist, UC), and Dr. William Schneider (canine detection expert, F1K9).  Attendees will have time to interact with various professionals from the virus testing labs, nurseries, and mealybug biocontrol companies.  It’s imperative that everyone in our industry – growers, PCAs, nurseries, laboratories, wineries, lawmakers, & more – becomes EDUCATED about the virus situation so that we can continue to produce profitable, quality winegrapes in California.

MEALYBUG & VIRUS OUTREACH MEETING event details.

DateThursday, April 9th, 2020  TBD, possibly April 2021

Agenda:

8:45 – 9:00am:  CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDITS (DPR & CCA) SIGN-IN.

9:00 – 9:05am:  WELCOME. Stephanie Bolton, PhD, Lodi Winegrape Commission

9:05 – 9:40am:  VIRUS VECTORS & BIFS PROJECT. Kent Daane, PhD, UC

9:40 – 10am:  LEAFROLL VIRUS SPREAD. Chris Storm, MS, Vino Farms

10 – 10:25am:  MAPPING, SCOUTING & ROGUEING. Charlie Starr IV, PCA & Grower

10:25 – 10:35am:  COFFEE & NETWORKING BREAK.

10:35 – 11:05am:  RED BLOTCH TESTING & SUDDEN VINE COLLAPSE. Maher Al Rwahnih, PhD, UC – FPS

11:05 – 11:35am:  VIRUS SAMPLING CALCULATOR & CANINE DETECTION OF VIRUSES. Neil McRoberts, PhD, UC & William Schneider, PhD, F1K9 (waiting to re-confirm)

11:35 – 11:55am:  OPEN Q&A SESSION. Aaron Lange, LangeTwins & Guest Speakers

11:55am – 12pm:  CLOSING REMARKS & VIRUS WORKBOOK. Stephanie Bolton, PhD, Lodi Winegrape Commission

12 – 12:45pm:  INTERACT with the pros.

      • Mealybug biocontrol insects
      • Pheromone mating disruption for vine mealybugs
      • Virus testing laboratories
      • Nursery ordering
      • CDFA Clean Grapevine Program/FPS/NCPN
      • USDA Tree Assistance Program
      • Ant control

12:15 – 1:15pm:  CATERED LUNCH & DESSERT.

Cost:  FREE, all are welcome

VenueCabral Ag Center, 2101 E Earhart Ave, Stockton, CA 95206

Credits:  3 hrs DPR CE (OTHER) & CCA applied for

Who Should Attend:  Everyone – viruses affect our entire wine industry

Description:  This event is the result of intense studies by Lodi’s Mealybug Biocontrol & Grapevine Virus Research Focus Groups, comprised of volunteer growers, PCAs, scientists, extension personnel, and industry leaders who gather monthly to discuss short- and long-term strategies to solve our mealybug & virus challenges. This meeting is part of an outreach grant funded by the American Vineyard Foundation and the CDFA PD/GWSS Board (thank you!).  We’ll be passing out copies of our virus grower workbook – WHAT EVERY WINEGROWER SHOULD KNOW: VIRUSES, and will share real-world, commercial examples of virus spread and management.

For more info:  Contact Dr. Stephanie Bolton at stephanie@lodiwine.com.

RSVP: Contact the Lodi Winegrape Commission by phone 209.367.4727 or email lwwc@lodiwine.com.

 


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