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    11. Winegrape Short Course Offered

    March 13, 2002
    Susan McGinley

    A viticulture short course will be offered March 28, 29 and 30 at the University of Arizona Campus Agricultural Center in Tucson. Content will include planning, establishing and growing of wine grapes in Arizona.

    Sponsored by the Arizona Wine Growers Association and the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension, the course will include two days of lecture and a day of field demonstrations and tours.

    The course runs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 28 and Friday, March 29. A vineyard field day and winery tour will be conducted in the morning and afternoon on Saturday, March 30.

    The program will feature instructors from the University of Arizona and Arizona wine industry principals, including viticulturists, wine makers and winery owners. Designed for potential wine grape and commercial wine grape growers interested in wine grape production in Arizona, the program will cover:

    - Preplant considerations: establishment and production costs, site evaluation, variety selection and rootstock selection

    - Establishing the vineyard: vineyard design and spacing, vine training and pruning, trellising and irrigation systems

    - Nutrition and irrigation: nitrogen and micronutrient fertilizing, and irrigation scheduling

    - Protecting the vine and crop: frost protection, diseases of grape vines, insect pests and vertebrate pest management

    - Field trip: vineyard and winery tour

    The course costs $125 per person, which includes course material, tours and field demonstrations. To enroll, call Mike Kilby, UA professor of Plant Sciences at 621-1400, or email The deadline is March 22.

    The UA Campus Agricultural Center is located at the northwest corner of Campbell Avenue and Roger Road in Tucson. Although there are many hotels in the vicinity, the closest hotel is the Windmill Inn, just up the street from the agricultural center, at 4250 N. Campbell Avenue. Call 1-800-547-4747, Ext. 5, and mention the short course for the best rate.

    - Updated: March 13, 2002

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