Plans set for Northeast Ohio Winter Grape School set for March 17


GENEVA, Ohio — OSU Extension, KSU Vesta Program, and the Ashtabula Research Station for the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center are co-sponsoring the Northeast Ohio Winter Grape School from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. March 17 at the Geneva Lodge and Conference Center in Geneva-on-the-Lake.

Grape school

Ohio Wine and Grape Producers are invited to this school to be held at the Geneva Lodge and Conference Center on the shores of Lake Erie. This program will begin at 9 a.m. and will conclude by 4:30 p.m. The featured speakers for this program are: Les Ober, Dr. Mike Ellis, Dr. Imed Dami, Dr. Todd Steiner and Dave Scurlock from OSU Extension; Mike Schreiber from Fred’s Water Service; Dr. Jodi Creasap Gee, Director of the Kent State Ashtabula Viticulture and Enology Program (VESTA); Eric Cotton, Lake Erie Grape Grower and Rob Smith of National Grape Cooperative Association, Inc.

During this event, Ohio grape and wine producers will learn valuable updates to increase the profitability of their business.

Topics for discussion

Topics which will be discussed during this school include: Pesticide core safety; chemical mode of action; how much is too much wear on sprayer; scheduling pesticide sprays for the year; chemical options for wine and juice grape disease control; pesticide application spreadsheet; downy mildew and grape berry moth control; demystifying wine tasting; pesticide screening update on the spotted wing drosophila; best viticultural practices for Pinot gris; and how to make the most out of the mini-computer in your pocket.

The registration fee for this program is $35 per person which includes program materials, lunch and refreshments.

Enjoy BBQ pulled pork and grilled chicken breast sandwiches with coleslaw and potato salad prepared by the Geneva Lodge and Conference Center culinary staff.


Reservations are due by noon March 10.

Ohio Private Pesticide Applicator’s Re-certification will be offered for CORE (1 hr) and Category 3-Grapes (2 hrs).

More information about this program can be obtained by calling the Ashtabula County Extension office at 440-576-9008.
A registration flyer can be found at:


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  1. Thanks again to F and D for your consistent interest in the Ohio grape and wine community. As an agri-tourism industry which attracts literally millions annually through our doors, we both appreciate the coverage and are aware of our responsibility…and the opportunity presented…to tell the story of the contributions of the greater agricultural community to our visitors … who might never visit another kind of working farm with corn, beans or cattle.

    when the new Pairings facility opens in Geneva, thus spring, we hope to use that center to share stories and product from across the spectrum of Ohio ag.


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