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Monday, April 14, 2008

Upcoming Vineyard Instruction in Plains Texas

Newsom Grape Day April 25, 2008

9:00 Grapevine Pruning Demonstration & Late Fertilizer Application ResultsTeresa Burns, Extension Viticulture Advisor, High Plains & West Texas

10:00 Welcome to Newsom VineyardsNeal Newsom

10:30 Pierce's Disease Jim Kamas, Assistant professor and Extension Fruit Specialist

11:30 Pierce's Disease Trapping ProjectJacy Lewis, Assistant Research Scientist, Texas Pierce's Disease Research Program

12:00 Lunch; Texas BBQ & Entertainment by the Bingham Orchestra

1:00 Introductions & Hoss Newsom Scholarship AwardNeal Newsom

1:30 Propagation Success of PD Infected VinesMike Krawitzky, 2007-08 Hoss Newsom Scholarship Recipient

1:45 Apple Twig Bores & Green June Bugs; More Pesky Than PestTeresa Burns, Extension Viticulture Advisor, High Plains & West Texas

2:00 Planting Logistics, Pruning & Training of a Non-Bearing VineyardPenny Adams, Extension Viticulture Advisor, Hill Country

2:45 Equipment Demonstrations

3:15 Fruit Transportation & Wine Quality Mike Sipowicz, Enology Extension Program Specialist

6:00 Dinner @ Lalito's in Plains

7:00 Wine & Stars Party @ the Newsom Home

Please RSVP for lunch to Neal Newsom
806.456.6877 or

Directions: 4.5 Miles North of Plains Texas on Highway 214

Attendees will receive 3 Texas Department of Agriculture CEUs toward their pesticide applicators license.

Proceeds from the Silent Auction will Benefit the Hoss Newsom Scholarship Program (Donated Items for the Silent Auction are Encouraged)

Sponsored by the Newsom Family, The Texas Wine and Grape Growers Association & Texas AgriLife Extension

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Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Where to NOT Buy Grape Vines

Tyty is a No-No

If you have been considering ordering some plants from an online nursery, consider checking out this post from my buddy's Carb Counter blog. At least do a little Google search on them before buying.

He ordered about 1000 bucks worth of pecan trees from a Georgia nursery named Tyty.

They ripped him off and he did a little research into their business practices. It turns out that he is not alone. You can read about Tyty's bad business practices on his blog at: The money you save may be your own!