Armstrong Research and Demonstration Farm
To identify grape cultivars adapted to Iowa, a cultivar by management system trial was established in 2002 at the Iowa State University (ISU) Horticulture Research Station (HRS) and the ISU Armstrong Research Farm (ARF) with a grant from the Leopold Center of Sustainable Agriculture. Fifteen cultivars, including 10 wine and five seedless table cultivars, are being evaluated under 1) a conventional management system that relies on herbicides for weed control and application of insecticides and fungicides on a regular basis; 2) an IPM/best management system that uses herbicides as needed and relies on monitoring to determine the need for insecticides and fungicides; and 3) an organicapproved system that relies on a straw mulch for weed control and use of organic-approved pest control strategies. In 2008, the management systems treatments were discontinued, but still influenced the results. This report summarizes the results for the 2008 growing season.
Iowa State University
Domoto, Paul A.; Nonnecke, Gail R.; Portz, Dennis N.; Riesselman, Leah B.; Havlovic, Bernard J.; and Howell, Nicholas P., "Grape Cultivar by Management System Trial Performance in 2008" (2009). Iowa State Research Farm Progress Reports. 461.