Michigan Grape Industry Research Priorities
- Mechanization of pruning and shoot positioning (Concord and Niagara).
- Loosen tight clusters of wine grapes.
- Phomopsis control, with special emphasis on the Niagara variety.
- Grape Berry Moth control.
- Vineyard nutrition practices to maximize production (Concord and Niagara).
- Maintaining and/or improving the production in older vineyards.
- Determining the need for and application of post-bloom crop adjustment in Concord vineyards.
- Developing new methods to more accurately track vineyard maturity progress.
- Evaluation of new training and trellising systems to maximize production of mature fruit.
- Evaluation of materials to enhance fruit set.
- Determining the benefits of irrigation and fertigation in Concord and Niagara vineyards.
- Methods to improve vine size.
- Evaluation of Concord clones for improved production.
- Dormant season control of powdery mildew and other diseases.
- Evaluation of chemical and mechanical sucker control in vineyards.
- Continuing support of IR-4 research on registering new pesticides for use in grapes.
- Application of precision agriculture technologies to Concord and Niagara grape production.
- Production of wine grapes in high tunnels.
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