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Weathering the Climate:

Cultivation & Technology in Grape Production

September 5, 2014

NMC and Michigan State University collaborated to host the Weathering the Climate conference Friday, September 5 at the Hagerty Conference Center on NMC’s Great Lakes Campus. The conference featured experts in agricultural technology, geography, horticulture, and other areas related to unmanned aerial systems technology and the science of grape production.

Conference Schedule

Hagerty Conference Center, Northwestern Michigan College

8–8:30 a.m.

Welcome and Conference Overview (continental breakfast)
Brian Matchett, Michigan State University, Institute of Agricultural Technology

8:30–9:30 a.m.

Climate Change and Potential Agronomic Impacts in the Great Lakes Region
Dr. Jeff Andresen, Michigan State University, Dept. of Geography

9:30–10:30 a.m.

Impacts of the 2014 Polar Vortex on Grapes: Lessons Learned
Dr. Imed Dami, Ohio State University, Dept. of Horticulture and Crop Science

10:30–10:45 a.m.

Break

10:45–11:45 a.m.

How to Manage your Grapes for our Changing Climate
Dr. Paolo Sabbatini,  Michigan State University, Department of Horticulture
Dr. Duke Elsner, Michigan State University Extension

11:45 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Unmanned Systems and Technology Applications in Viticulture
Mr. Ed Bailey, Northwestern Michigan College, Technical Division
Mr. Tony Sauerbrey, Northwestern Michigan College, Unmanned Aerial Systems

12:30–1:30 p.m.

Lunch (on site)

1:30–2 p.m.

Travel to Chateau Chantal Vineyard & Winery

Chateau Chantal Vineyard & Winery

2–3:30 p.m.

Vineyard Demonstration - Unmanned Systems and Technology Application
Mr. Ed Bailey, Northwestern Michigan College, Technical Division
Mr. Tony Sauerbrey, Northwestern Michigan College, Unmanned Aerial Systems

3:30–4:30 p.m.

Grape Grower Panel Discussion* (Chateau Chantal cellar)
- What is next for technology applications in grape production?
- How will growers make adjustments for our changing climate?

4:30–5:30 p.m.

Discussion, cont. (Chateau Chantal cellar) Hors d’oeuvres and wine tasting

5:30–6:30 p.m.

Dinner, The Peninsula Grill (included with Option 2 registration)

*Growers panel discussion participants: Ben Bramer, Agrivine; Stan Howell, Professor Emeritus, Michigan State University Dept. of Horticulture; Mark Johnson, Chateau Chantal; Larry Mawby, L. Mawby Vineyards; James Peters, Straits Area Grape Growers Association; Coenraad Stassen, Brys Estate Vineyard

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