Published on 02/27/20

UGA Extension schedules three grape growers workshops

By Sharon Dowdy

Editor's note: The Grape Spray Program Design Workshop for March 17, 2020 at Cartecay Vineyards in Ellijay GA has been canceled due to Coronavirus issues. We are sorry to announce this, but it is necessary in order to keep everyone as safe as possible. We will reschedule at some point, but please contact your local county agent should you have questions concerning grape spray program design development.

University of Georgia Cooperative Extension is holding a series of workshops specifically for Georgia grape growers in March.

The classes, set for March 3 in Carrollton, Georgia; March 5 in Dahlonega, Georgia; and March 17 in Ellijay, Georgia, will cover disease and insect control and other critical components of an integrated pest management program for vineyards.

“Vineyard managers ask questions year-round relative to how to set up and administer an efficacious program for management of diseases and insects,” said Paula Burke, UGA Extension coordinator in Carroll County.

In these workshops, vineyard managers will learn the skills and confidence needed to develop effective spray programs incorporating resistance management, she said.

The workshops will include an overview of major pathogens and insects and critical times to manage them. Producers will work in small groups with UGA specialists to develop example grape-spray programs.

Each free, day-long session begins with registration at 9:30 a.m., concludes at 3 p.m. and includes lunch. A maximum of 20 participants will be accepted per location.

To register for the Carrollton session, call Burke at (770) 836-8546 or email her at To register for the Dahlonega session, call Clark McAllister at (706) 265-2442 or email him at To register for the Ellijay session, call Ashley Hoppers at (706) 632-3061 or email her at

Sharon Dowdy is a news editor with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.

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