Iowa Harvest Underway
September 25, 2011
According to Mike White, Iowa State University Extension Viticulturalist, 80% of the crop in Iowa has now been harvested. Both yields and quality appear to favorable for 2011 he added. No early frost has been reported in Iowa. Rainfall was uneven across the state during the growing season, White remarked. The southern half of the state and especially the southeastern portions of Iowa endured heavy rain during July that created some disease pressure. “Vineyards that sprayed on time with fungicide did fine though,” White said.
Japanese beetles have now infiltrated the entire state, spreading east to west. 10% to 15% of Iowa vineyards were hit by beetles this year, he said. Spraying several times per year slowed down the pests White said.
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Mark Ganchiff is the publisher of Midwest Wine Press, the leading source of news on the growing wine industry in the central United States. Mark has been a wine judge at the 2012 and 2014 INDY International Wine Competition, the 2014 Cold Climate Wine Competition, the 2013 Mid-American Wine Competition, the 2012 Illinois State Fair Wine Competition and the 2013 Michigan Wine Competition. He also enjoys speaking at wine events including the Cold Climate Wine Conference, the Illinois Grape Growers and Vintners Association Annual Meeting, the Midwest Grape and Wine Conference and the Wisconsin Fruit and Vegetable Conference. Mark's articles about regional wine have appeared in Vineyard & Winery Management, WineMaker and several regional magazines.
Mark is a Level One Sommelier in the Court of Master Sommeliers. He lives in Louisville, but also has a residence in Chicago.
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