Published on 07/12/18

South Georgia muscadine grape conference July 26 in Americus

By Merritt Melancon

With the end of summer drawing near, Georgia’s muscadine harvest season is right around the corner.

While growers wait for their fruit to ripen, it’s a great time for new and would-be muscadine growers to learn about cultivating muscadines, marketing muscadines and winemaking with muscadines.

University of Georgia Cooperative Extension is teaming up with Wolf Creek Plantation in Americus, Georgia, for a daylong workshop on all things muscadines. The conference will be held from 8:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, July 26.

“This a great opportunity for home muscadine growers who want to ramp up their production and farmers who have diversified into muscadines,” said Cain Hickey, UGA Extension viticulturist. “From pest control to site and variety and selection, we’ll be covering UGA’s latest muscadine research and recommendations.”

Growers and horticulturalists with UGA Extension and the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences will cover the business of growing muscadines as well as the technical aspects, like choosing cultivars and pruning. For the full schedule, visit

Attendees must pre-register by Monday, July 23. The registration cost is $10 per person and includes a catered lunch. To register, contact Bill Star, Sumter County Extension coordinator and Agriculture and Natural Resources agent, at



Merritt Melancon is a public relations manager with UGA's Terry College of Business and served as a public relations coordinator for the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and UGA Extension before joining Terry College.

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