The instructor and students from the Ningxia University wine program in China scouted the vineyards this morning for pests, diseases and other problems. We found many different things including sour rot with spotted wing drosophila, Grapevine Vein Clearing Virus, phylloxera, Japanese beetle, downy mildew as well as two other rots that we tentatively think are ripe rot and bitter rot.
Students from Ningxia China who are enrolled in the Grape and Wine Training Program at Mountain Grove helped me collect berry samples this morning and assisted in running the samples for Brix. Here are the results.
Dr. Wenping Qiu of the Darr School of Agriculture Center for Grapevine Biotechnology and Mr. Brad Bodenhausen of the International Leadership and Training Center, both at Missouri State, collaborated to present a Missouri Wine Training Program for students from the Wine School of Ningxia University. The Chinese students toured Missouri wineries last week and this week will complete field practicums and a lecture series on grape growing and wine making.
The Missouri State Fruit Experiment Station participated in Kidfest again this year. Great interest in the bee hive display put together by John Avery. Susanne Howard handled the bees while Micheal Kovens, Pragya Adhikari, Leann Hubbert and myself helped the kids with the bean bag toss and rewarded them with apple stickers and activity pages.