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Plant & Soil Science: Cold-Climate Viticulture

PSS 195 BU2 (CRN: 61819)

3 Credit Hours—Seats Available!

About PSS 195 BU2

Students will learn principles and practices of commercial cold-climate grape production, including: site selection and preparation; varietal selection; vine training; nutrient, water and pest management; harvest; and introductory winemaking considerations. Special emphasis will be placed on environmental and economic sustainability of the vineyard operation. The class will apply knowledge of integrated horticultural and pest management practices in a real vineyard setting. The class format will consist of a combination of classroom lectures, hands-on fieldwork, and visits to local commercial vineyards. Students are responsible for their own transportation to the UVM Horticulture Research and Education Center.

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Dates: June 19-July 14, 2017

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NO CLASS ON TUESDAY JULY 4. MAKE UP CLASS JULY 7. Students will learn principles and practices of commercial cold-climate grape production, including: site selection and preparation; cold hardiness development; varietal selection; vine training and trellising systems; nutrient, water and pest management; harvest and postharvest considerations, including basic winemaking principles. Special emphasis will be placed on environmental and economic sustainability of the vineyard operation. The class will apply knowledge of integrated horticultural and pest management practices in a real vineyard setting. Pre/co-requisites: PSS 10 or 21 or 1 semester biology or permission. The class format will consist of a combination of classroom lectures, hands-on fieldwork, and visits to local commercial vineyards.

Evaluation

Project, 30% : Students will develop a farm management plan for a commercial vineyard with 10-year financial records. Field Practicals, 30%: Applied, hands-on activities will be performed in vineyards to develop skills introduced in classroom lectures. Students will be assessed on: vine pruning, preseason cordon and cane management; cropload assessment and adjustment; fertility plan development based on soil and plant tissue analysis; and presentation of a key pest of vineyard plantings and methods for its management. Quizzes, 30%: Short quizzes will be presented each class to review the material presented that day. Professionalism, 10%: Students are expected to attend all classes, participate in activities, and act in a professional manner.

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