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About Phil Brannen

Phil Brannen is a Professor in the Plant Pathology Department at the University of Georgia. He attended the University of Georgia for his undergraduate degree in Plant Protection and Pest Management, where he also received an M.S. in Plant Pathology, followed by a Ph.D. in Plant Pathology from Auburn University. He has extensive experience with disease management programs in numerous cropping systems. He serves as the extension fruit pathologist for Georgia – conducting research and technology transfer for multiple fruit commodities. His efforts are directed towards developing IPM practices to solve disease issues and technology transfer of disease-management methods to commercial fruit producers. He also teaches the graduate level Field Pathology Course, the History of Plant Diseases and their Impact on Human Societies Course, team-teaches the IPM Course, coordinates the Viticulture and Enology in the Mediterranean Region Course (Cortona, Italy), and guest lectures in numerous other courses throughout the year.

Muscadine Webinar: Summer Vineyard Management

Mark Hoffman (North Carolina State) is offering a muscadine webinar that might be of interest for those commercial growers who utilize muscadine for fresh market or wine production. See below for the link to the training. https://grapes.ces.ncsu.edu/2021/06/muscadine-webinar-summer-vineyard-management/
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Downy Mildew Alert

Today, Shane Breeden (plant pathology graduate student and technician for the Horticulture and Plant Pathology Departments) observed downy mildew in our Horticulture Farm research plots for the first time this year (Watkinsville, GA). This indicates that producers should be scouting for it throughout the state. In addition, if you have…
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Eastern Viticulture and Enology Forum

I have attached below the most recent version of the announcement for the EVEF Grower Town Hall Meetings. Please review this version, which highlights the need for pre-submitted questions and includes the listing of all collaborators (the number of which has increased since the initial announcement).
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Eastern Viticulture and Enology Forum

In collaboration with viticulture and enology extension programs at: Ohio State University, University of Maryland, Rutgers University, North Carolina State University, University of Georgia, University of Tennessee, Texas Tech, Texas A&M, Colorado State University, New Mexico State University, Iowa State University, Purdue University, University of Minnesota, Michigan State University, and University…
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Cold Damage Information

I am sure that most of you are assessing cold damage and trying to figure out next steps at this time. Dave Lockwood has provided a good document to help with this, and he also provided a link to a North Carolina document he developed with Mark Hoffman. I know…
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Freeze Damage Information from North Carolina and Past Blog Posts

I know that several vineyards in northern Georgia counties have experienced some cold damage; additional damage may come this evening. Mark Hoffman (North Carolina State) has provided some information that you may find to be of value. See the link below: https://grapes.ces.ncsu.edu/2021/03/awis-weather-forecast-widespread-freeze-2/?src=rss In addition, this blog does have several past…
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Registration Link for Air-Blast Sprayer Calibration Training Apr 13

The NC State Small Fruits Extension Program is organizing an Air-Blast Sprayer Training in a HYBRID format for April 13-14, 2021.  The training has been approved for 3 hrs of NC pesticide credits N, O, X. Please register for the training using this link: https://turbomist.com/education/air-blast-sprayer-training/ The instructor will be Wayne Riddle from Turbo…
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