COOPERATIVE PESTICIDE PURCHASE PROGRAM (CPPP) for 2016
It's that time of year to look over your inventory of pesticides and place your order for the upcoming growing season. And what better way to start the season than by saving a few dollars on your pesticides AND contributing a little to the MGGA. Thats what the CPPP is all about. You must ba a MGGA Member to participate in this program. Read more HERE. (Order deadline is February 27th).
EASTERN WINERY EXPOSITION
The premiere East Coast trade show & conference is schedule for March 8-10, 2016 in Lancaster County, PA. MGGA members receive a 10% discount (see members section for the discount code). See their website (easternwineryexposition.com) for details and registration.
MARYLAND VINEYARD CENSUS
The Maryland Grape Industry has certainly changed and grown(!) over the last few years. Details of this growth are revealed in the MGGA's 2014 Maryland Vineyard Census.
VINEYARD MANAGEMENT WEBSITE
Produced by Canada's Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Ontario CropIPM is a fantastic new resource. With extensive disease, insect, nutrition/soil information, you'll find this site an important addition to your management toolbox. Well written with plenty of detail, the interactive Identification Keys are very helpful in identifying many pests.
2012 SMALL-SCALE AND 'BACKYARD' GROWERS' DISEASE MANAGEMENT GUIDE.
Managing Wine Grape Diseases in Small-Scale Vineyards in Maryland, written by fruit pathologist and MGGA member Dr. Anne DeMarsay, was developed especially for Maryland growers with backyard or small-scale vineyards - those with 200 or fewer vines - who want to produce high-quality fruit for winemaking. The link to this guide can be found in the MGGA Members Section.
MARYLAND'S SENSITIVE CROPS LOCATOR PROGRAM
All crops are sensitive to certain pesticides. Maryland's new program allows growers to easily communicate to their neighbors these sensitivities. Read more about this program and download the application form HERE.
LOCAL NEW GROWER'S WEBSITE
There's a new information source for those interested in starting a vineyard on Maryland's eastern shore. Shorevines.com offers a lot of great information - including videos - pertaining to vineyard establishment and operations.a