Gulf Coast Grape-Grower Field Day Rolls Feb. 8 At Cat Spring

Experts will discuss timely topics of great interest to Texas wine-grape growers including industry updates relating to Pierce's disease research.

Published on: Jan 29, 2013

The 21st annual Gulf Coast Grape-Grower Field Day has been slated for Feb. 8 at Agricultural Society Hall, 13035 Hall Road in Cat Spring, Texas.

"This meeting is organized by the Austin County Grape Grower Committee and the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service," says Fritz Westover, AgriLife Extension viticulture program specialist for the Gulf Coast and North Texas, based in Harris County. "It will consist of presentations by experts on some of the topics of greatest interest to Texas wine-grape producers. There will be industry updates as well as updates on some of the research relating to Pierce's disease and other challenges to growers."

Registration is from 8:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. on the day of the event.

GO GRAPES. The 21st annual Gulf Coast Grape-Grower Field Day is Feb. 8 at Cat Spring, Texas. Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo
GO GRAPES. The 21st annual Gulf Coast Grape-Grower Field Day is Feb. 8 at Cat Spring, Texas. Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo

Morning presentations begin with a 2012 grape acreage survey of the Texas Gulf Coast region by Westover, followed by a Pierce's disease research update by Jim Kamas, AgriLife Extension fruit specialist for the Texas Hill Country, Gillespie County, and Adam Elrod, AgriLife Extension assistant in plant pathology and microbiology, College Station.

Andrew Labay, AgriLife Extension associate in horticultural sciences in Gillespie County, will discuss new Pierce's disease-tolerant grape varieties, and morning presentations will conclude with Westover's review of four years of data on vertical canopy division of some favorite wine grapes.

A catered lunch will be served from noon to 1 p.m., followed by a Texas Wine and Grape Growers Association update.

The afternoon presentations will include "Common Missteps of New Grape Growers" from 1:15 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. by George Ray McEachern, AgriLife Extension horticulturist, College Station, and "Progress Toward Virus-tested Pierce's Disease-Resistant Hybrids" by Dr. Mark Black, Texas A&M AgriLife Research plant pathologist, Uvalde.

Jeffrey Lindner of Harris County Flood Control District, will talk weather, and Westover will discuss lessons learned from 2012 vineyard demonstrations.

Registration is $30 at the door. To RSVP contact Westover at 281-855-5608 or Email fawestover@ag.tamu.edu.