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Grape phenology and GDD accumulation

GDD base 50 accumulated since April 1 = 2220
http://agebb.missouri.edu/weather/reports/gddTable.asp

Phenology stages according to the Modified E-L system
http://door.uwex.edu/files/2010/10/ModifiedEichhornLorennzsystem.pdf

 

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Grape phenology and GDD accumulation

GDD base 50 accumulated since April 1 = 2024
http://agebb.missouri.edu/weather/reports/gddTable.asp

Phenology stages according to the Modified E-L system
http://door.uwex.edu/files/2010/10/ModifiedEichhornLorennzsystem.pdf

 

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High Tunnel Workshop

Over 100 speakers and participants attended our high tunnel workshop. In the morning we heard talks on high tunnel construction and tomato and raspberry production. A panel discussion/luncheon was held in the pavilion and then we toured the Fruit Experiment Station high tunnel and the Missouri State Winery and Distillery.

 

Norman Kilmer of Morgan County Seed presented information on high tunnel construction.
Norman Kilmer of Morgan County Seed presented information on high tunnel construction.
Patrick Byers, SW Regional Horticulture Specialist, went over tomato production in high tunnels.
Patrick Byers, SW Regional Horticulture Specialist, went over tomato production in high tunnels.
I gave a brief introduction on raspberries in general.
I gave a brief introduction on raspberries in general.
Jennifer Morganthaler who is working on a raspberry experiment for her master's degree, presented progress so far.
Jennifer Morganthaler who is working on a raspberry experiment for her master’s degree, presented progress so far.
The hay wagon transported the group to the pavilion for the panel discussion lunch and later to the high tunnel.
The hay wagon transported the group to the pavilion for the panel discussion lunch and later to the high tunnel.
Lunch was served.
Lunch was served and participants questions the grower/speaker panel concerning high tunnel production.
Participants questioned the panelists concerning high tunnel production. (from left to right) Deb French and Wayne Simpson of Simpson's Family Farm, Craig Jennings of Three Oaks Farm, Randy Stout of Missouri State, Patrick Byers of University of Missouri, Norman Kilmer of Morgan County Seed and Jennifer Morganthaler of Missouri State.
Panel from left to right – Deb French and Wayne Simpson of Simpson’s Family Farm, Craig Jennings of Three Oaks Farm, Randy Stout of Missouri State, Patrick Byers of University of Missouri, Norman Kilmer of Morgan County Seed and Jennifer Morganthaler of Missouri State. Note the spotted wing drosophila sugar and salt float display in the back left.
The group taste tested several raspberry cultivars from the high tunnel.
The group taste tested several raspberry cultivars from the high tunnel.
After the high tunnel tour, C. J. Odneal led a winery/distillery tour.
After the high tunnel tour, C. J. Odneal led a winery/distillery tour.

Thanks to Avery Crisp, Haley Walters and Jennifer Morganthaler for taking photos of the event. Funds for this workshop were provided in part through the Missouri Department of Agriculture USDA’s Specialty Crop Block Grant Program.

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Grape phenology and GDD accumulation

GDD base 50 accumulated since April 1 = 1833
http://agebb.missouri.edu/weather/reports/gddTable.asp

Phenology stages according to the Modified E-L system
http://door.uwex.edu/files/2010/10/ModifiedEichhornLorennzsystem.pdf

 

 

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Weather station upgrade

The Forest Technology Systems weather station senses and records data for the Fire Program got an upgrade today from Department of Conservation personnel Ben Webster, MDC Fire Program Supervisor; Terry Thompson, MDC Forestry Ozark Regional Supervisor and Russell Hinnah, MDC Forest District Supervisor. The information this station records is available at http://mesowest.utah.edu/ (by clicking on the state of Missouri on the map, then selecting the RAWS network and refreshing the map).

Ben Webster in the foreground is working on the wind meter while Terry Thompson and Russell Hinnah work on the base of the new station.
Ben Webster in the foreground is working on the wind meter while Terry Thompson and Russell Hinnah work on the base of the new station.
There are two weather stations at our experiment station. The AgEbb weather station tracks general weather data and the MesoWest station tracks weather data specific to fire hazard. The wind meter on the MesoWest is 20 feet from the ground whereas the wind meter on the AgEbb station is about 10 feet from the ground.
There are two weather stations at our experiment station. The AgEBB weather station tracks general weather data and the Forest Technology Systems station tracks weather data specific to fire hazard. The wind meter on the FTS station is 20 feet from the ground whereas the wind meter on the AgEbb station is about 10 feet from the ground.
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Chambourcin wins big at the Mid-American Wine Competition

The results from the Mid-American Wine Competition (July 10-12, 2015). Our two Chambourcin’s were the top two Chambourcin in that class.

Chambourcin Reserve                   Sweepstakes Nominee (double gold)
Chambourcin                                     Gold
Maroon Blend                                   Silver
Norton                                                 Silver
Catawba                                              Bronze

Our dynamic Chambourcin duo.
Our dynamic Chambourcin duo.

 

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George Washington Carver students visit the station

The high school students in the George Washington Carver Program offered through the Darr School of Agriculture visited the experiment station this morning. They went on a hay wagon tour, learned about small fruit crops and fruit pests, and later collected and processed grape cuttings for propagation.

Susanne Howard and Shelia Long work with the group on grape propagation. Photo by Katelyn McCoy.
Susanne Howard and Shelia Long work with the group on grape propagation. Photo by Katelyn McCoy.
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Grape phenology and GDD accumulation

GDD base 50 accumulated since April 1 = 1625
http://agebb.missouri.edu/weather/reports/gddTable.asp

Phenology stages according to the Modified E-L system
http://door.uwex.edu/files/2010/10/ModifiedEichhornLorennzsystem.pdf

 

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