March 18, 2004

Viticulture workshops set for April

by Elizabeth Lively

CARBONDALE, Ill. - Daylong viticulture workshops - open to aspiring, new and established vineyard owners - are set for three locations around the state in April.

A half dozen experts will talk about mechanization, fertilization, crop management, ways to improve production of regional varieties of grapes, pests, disease control and more.

Southern Illinois University Carbondale's Division of Continuing Education is organizing the workshops.

Sessions will open with an 8 a.m. registration. Presentations will run from 8:25 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will include lunch so long as participants register by the deadlines, listed below. Cost is $22 for those who register before the deadlines and $10 more after that.

The schedule :

  • April 4: Southern Illinois University Carbondale, College of Agricultural Sciences Building, Muckelroy Auditorium, early registration ends March 26.
  • April 16: Oakford's Hill Prairie Vineyard and Winery, early sign-up ends April 9.
  • April 17: Galena's Cellars' Winery, early registration through April 9.

Among the experts joining SIUC specialists at the events will be Keith Striegler, associate director of viticulture research at the Mid-American Viticulture and Enology Center at Southwest Missouri State University and Annemiek Schilder, a plant pathologist at Michigan State University.

The out-of-state guests will focus on effective techniques for the spring management of grape diseases.

To register or for more information or to register, contact the Division of Continuing Education at 618/536-7751 or visit their web site at