Foothill grape growers, winemakers, and industry partners are invited to attend the Foothill Grape Day meeting on June 3 from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Sogno Winery in Shingle Springs, Calif.
Discussion topics will include two new California vineyard pests: Gill’s mealybug and the European grapevine moth.
University of California Cooperative Extension farm advisor Lynn Wunderlich will discuss the results of a two-year study on the biology and management of Gill’s mealybug.
“Our studies have helped us understand the mealybug life cycle so that growers can accurately time treatments when necessary. And we’ve also found some of the Gill’s mealybug parasitoids, tiny wasps that attack the mealybug, which is good news for foothill growers.”
UC viticulture advisor Monica Cooper will provide an update on the European grapevine moth, a new invasive pest found in the Napa Valley.
The moth lays eggs on fruit and the hatched larvae consume the grape berries. Traps for the pest have been placed in counties statewide.
The registration fee of $35 per person includes a catered lunch and wine tasting after the meeting.
Sogno Winery is located at 3046 Ponderosa Road in Shingle Springs.
For more information, contact Wunderlich at (530) 621-5505.