Over the past decade, Michigan State University grape team members have collaborated to bring information about pests and diseases to growers in a timely and accessible way.
This has been a collaboration between campus-based researchers Rufus Isaacs, Keith Mason and Annemiek Schilde, with MSU Extension educators Brad Baughman and Duke Elsner. The group works with Joy Landis and her team in the MSU IPM Program to deliver information through the MSU Grapes website. The team recently developed a short video, Grape IPM Program, to highlight what this program has done, what the team is continuing to do and how this helps the Michigan grape industry.
Highlighted in this brief video is scouting information and how that has been combined with newer insecticide options to greatly reduce the economic impact of key pest insects and diseases, including grape berry moth, downy mildew and black rot. As part of these projects, the team also scouted vineyards through the summer and reported those results through the MSU Extension website. See the most recent report at Southwest Michigan grape scouting report – May 3, 2017.
The team will also be out at Extension meetings throughout the summer to talk about this project and pest-focused research. The grape IPM project will continue through this year with support from the Michigan Grape and Wine Industry Council.
To access “Grape IPM Program” and other winegrape research videos on a variety of topics, go to the MSU Extension Grapes Research page.
Source: MSU Extension