Gulf Coast Grape Grower Field Day set Feb. 1 in Cat Spring

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CAT SPRING – The 27th Annual Gulf Coast Grape Grower Field Day takes place on Feb. 1 at the Cat Spring Agricultural Society Hall, 13035 Hall Road, Cat Spring.

Registration opens at 8:30 a.m. with a fee of $35 that can be paid at the door and includes lunch. The program begins at 9 a.m. with a B.Y.O.W. Wine Social following the conclusion of the educational programs.

“This event kicks off the 2019 grape growing season in the Gulf Coast,” said Fran Pontasch, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service viticulturist in College Station. “Hosting a full day of educational programs, this event also serves as a valuable networking opportunity for the region.”

Day two will begin at 8 a.m. on Feb. 2. Participants are asked to meet at Fleming Farm and Vineyard, 1392 Kersten Road, Sealy. The day will begin with a pruning tour of the vineyards and continue with visits to four vineyards before lunch, starting in Sealy and lunch in New Ulm.

Topics will address a range of subjects for new and experienced growers, including historical and future views of the industry, irrigation, economics and practical approaches to diseases and fertilizer.

Speakers include:

• Jerry Watson, Texas A&M Forest Service resource specialist, College Station.

• Dr. George Ray McEachern, AgriLife Extension horticulturist, College Station.

• Jim Kamas, AgriLife Extension horticulturist – pomology and viticulture, Fredericksburg.

• Fritz Westover, Westover Vineyard Advising viticulturist, Houston.

• Dr. Justin Scheiner, AgriLife Extension viticulture specialist, College Station.

• Charles Swanson, AgriLife Extension program specialist, College Station.

• Pontasch

For more information, contact Pontasch at 979-458-0131 or fmpontasch@tamu.edu.

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