Ningxia grape and wine students work in the vineyards at Mountain Grove June 13, 2017 by Marilyn OdnealTwo groups of students will spend 2 days each this week (June 12 – 15) at the Mountain Grove campus to work in our vineyards. Monday and Tuesday we covered grape phenology and grape softwood propagation. Phenology is recorded on twenty different cultivars in the vineyards. Phenology is recorded along with growing degree days. All of the grapes have set fruit already. It takes a while to decide which stage is correct. The Tuesday group gets an overview of the different cultivars. Then they get to work recording the stages. Susanne Howard shows the students how to collect and prepare softwood grape cuttings. The students begin to make the cuttings. Here the flat is almost completed. These Vidal Blanc cuttings will be used to plant into the Research Vineyard later this year.