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UGA horticulture Professor Donglin Zhang shows a group around his greenhouse at the Durham Horticulture Farm in Watkinsville during a past farm tour. The 2019 Horticulture Farm Tour will be held on Oct. 4 at 1221 Hog Mountain Road. CAES News
UGA horticulture Professor Donglin Zhang shows a group around his greenhouse at the Durham Horticulture Farm in Watkinsville during a past farm tour. The 2019 Horticulture Farm Tour will be held on Oct. 4 at 1221 Hog Mountain Road.
Durham Field Day
Before they are available to the public, many new varieties of bushes and landscape plants are first planted at the University of Georgia’s Durham Horticulture Farm in Watkinsville, Georgia.
University of Georgia Cooperative Extension viticulture specialist goes over the basics of starting a muscadine vineyard at a muscadine workshop in Athens on July 9, 2019. CAES News
University of Georgia Cooperative Extension viticulture specialist goes over the basics of starting a muscadine vineyard at a muscadine workshop in Athens on July 9, 2019.
Native Wine Grapes
Many people dream of retiring from their day jobs and buying a wine vineyard. But those rolling hills and endless bottles of wine don’t come easy — cultivating European, or vinifera, wine grapes is hard work.  
The MyIPM app is a free, mobile tool designed to promote integrated pest management for commercial fruit crop production. The app focuses on fruit crops grown in the Eastern U.S., including apple, blackberry, blueberry, bunch grape, cherry, cranberry, peach, pear and strawberry. CAES News
The MyIPM app is a free, mobile tool designed to promote integrated pest management for commercial fruit crop production. The app focuses on fruit crops grown in the Eastern U.S., including apple, blackberry, blueberry, bunch grape, cherry, cranberry, peach, pear and strawberry.
MyIPM App
The MyIPM app helps fruit growers across the Southeast U.S. manage a multitude of crops with disease and insect diagnostic tools.
August 8, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension will host a tour of four northeast Georgia vineyards, focusing on the cultivation practices and grape varieties that have made Georgia's burgeoning wine industry possible. CAES News
August 8, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension will host a tour of four northeast Georgia vineyards, focusing on the cultivation practices and grape varieties that have made Georgia's burgeoning wine industry possible.
Grape Growers
With the growth and increased marketability of the state’s wine industry, Athens, Georgia, is hosting new conferences that will focus on how to create quality fruit and turn it into a palatable beverage. The Southeastern Regional New Grape Growers Conference will be held at the University of Georgia’s South Milledge Greenhouse Complex in Athens on Dec. 11.
Georgia's Southern Piedmont grape farmers are finding success with hybrid varieties  popularized in Texas wine country, like these Lenoir grapes grown in Haralson County. CAES News
Georgia's Southern Piedmont grape farmers are finding success with hybrid varieties  popularized in Texas wine country, like these Lenoir grapes grown in Haralson County.
Downy Mildew Disease
Fungicide resistance to downy mildew disease is a growing concern for Georgia grape producers. University of Georgia Extension Fruit Disease Specialist Phil Brannen advises growers to modify their fungicide applications to combat the increasing resistance.
August 8, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension will host a tour of four northeast Georgia vineyards, focusing on the cultivation practices and grape varieties that have made Georgia's burgeoning wine industry possible. CAES News
August 8, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension will host a tour of four northeast Georgia vineyards, focusing on the cultivation practices and grape varieties that have made Georgia's burgeoning wine industry possible.
Vineyard Tour
Georgia’s wine industry has surged in size and popularity over the past decade, but this success didn’t happen overnight.
Eric Seifarth, who started Crane Creek Vineyards in 1995 and now produces about 4,200 cases of wine a year, warns and encourages fledgling grape growers at UGA Extension's Beginning Grape Growers Conference in Young Harris, Georgia. CAES News
Eric Seifarth, who started Crane Creek Vineyards in 1995 and now produces about 4,200 cases of wine a year, warns and encourages fledgling grape growers at UGA Extension's Beginning Grape Growers Conference in Young Harris, Georgia.
Grape Growers Workshop
For many wine lovers, running a vineyard is the ultimate dream job, but not many are able to make that dream a reality. 
Texas-based viticulture consultant Fritz Westover, Carroll County Master Gardener Laura Davis, and staff members from the UGA Soil, Plant and Water Analysis Laboratories in Athens, Georgia, harvest grapes at Trillium Vineyards in Haralson County. CAES News
Texas-based viticulture consultant Fritz Westover, Carroll County Master Gardener Laura Davis, and staff members from the UGA Soil, Plant and Water Analysis Laboratories in Athens, Georgia, harvest grapes at Trillium Vineyards in Haralson County.
New to Grapes?
Georgia’s growing wine industry has an annual impact of more than $7 million on Georgia’s economy, but new growers may have difficulty knowing whether the vineyard business makes sense for them.
Georgia's Southern Piedmont grape farmers are finding success with hybrid varieties  popularized in Texas wine country, like these Lenoir grapes grown in Haralson County. CAES News
Georgia's Southern Piedmont grape farmers are finding success with hybrid varieties  popularized in Texas wine country, like these Lenoir grapes grown in Haralson County.
Georgia's Grape Industry
Georgia’s grape industry, once dormant, is now thriving, according to Phillip Brannen, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension fruit plant pathologist. Growing potential for prosperity in the wine industry will require that farmers stay vigilant about certain diseases, like Pierce’s disease, that could negatively impact production.
On March 1, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension will welcome Cain Hickey, the state's first full-time Extension viticulturist. CAES News
On March 1, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension will welcome Cain Hickey, the state's first full-time Extension viticulturist.
Extension Viticulturist
Wine is becoming a big business in Georgia, and University of Georgia Cooperative Extension is working to support this growing sector of the economy by providing new expertise for wine growers.