Texas Wine and Grape Growers Association GRAPE CAMP 2012 by TPSL

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November 4th and 5th found Texas Plant & Soil Lab in Fredericksburg – the heart of the Hill Country vineyard and winery region. This annual event for grape growers was held in the Pioneer Pavilion at the Lady BirdJohnson State Park and once again, Texas Plant & Soil Lab was there, sponsoring both lunches!

Pioneer Pavilion Entrance
Texas Wine and Grape Growers Association Grape Camp 2012
Pioneer Pavilion Entrance

Day One discussed the basics and was aimed at new growers and those who were thinking about starting a vineyard.

The first thing the attendees saw as they approached
Texas Wine and Grape Growers Association Grape Camp 2012
The first thing the attendees saw as they approached.

Day Two had in-depth presentations for the established growers, featuring research updates and sessions on disease and insect control, and legal / political news.

Below: Aside from offering grape-specific soil, petiole and leaf testing services, a big part of Texas Plant & Soil Lab's efforts are involved with education on soil fertility and plant nutrition. Our papers on these subjects are offered at no charge.

Texas Plant & Soil Lab free papers on soil fertility and plant nutrition
Texas Wine and Grape Growers Association Grape Camp 2012
Texas Plant & Soil Lab free papers on soil fertility and plant nutrition.

Of course, in addition to plant testing forms and information, all of our papers on soil fertility, plant nutrition, a variety of crops and plants, compost, water and other subjects are available as free downloadable pdf files from www.AskThePlant.com. All other testing (soil, water, compost, fertilizer and heavy metals) forms are available at www.TexasPlantAndSoilLab.com.

Our friends at Grapevine Magazine (a new TWGGA sponsor!) graciously provided some of their issues for us to hand out. It was only after we put up a sign that said, “FREE” (the white paper in the stack), did the magazines go very rapidly. Texans are cautious.

Texas Plant & Soil Lab booth at TWGGA 2012
Texas Wine and Grape Growers Association Grape Camp 2012
Texas Plant & Soil Lab booth proud to support The Grapevine Magazine.

The gourmet luncheons were worthy of our sponsorship! No one left hungry – and there weren't many leftovers!

Texas Plant & Soil Lab TWGGA 2012 Catered Lunch.
Texas Wine and Grape Growers Association Grape Camp 2012
Texas Wine and Grape Growers Association Grape Camp 2012 Catered Lunch.

One of the things we always look forward to is seeing our friends! Here, our VP-Operations, Noel Garcia (left) is having a laugh with Tim and Spring (the one without the beard) Drake (right) of Texas Wine Lab.

Noel Garcia of TP&S Lab (left) Tim Drake (center) and Spring Drake (right) of Texas Wine Lab.
Texas Wine and Grape Growers Association Grape Camp 2012
Noel Garcia of TP&S Lab (left) Tim Drake (center) and Spring Drake (right) of Texas Wine Lab.

Winding up Day One – The reception and dinner! Here, attendees get to preview new vintages and varieties from Texas wineries. There's something here for everyone!

Noel Garcia and Dr. Larry Zibilske of Texas Plant and Soil Lab.
Texas Wine and Grape Growers Association Grape Camp 2012
TWGGA Grape Camp 2012 Reception Dinner and Texas Wine Sampling.

Texas Plant & Soil Lab's Vice President of Operations and Chief Analyst, Noel Garcia, CCA (left) and Vice President of Research, Dr. Larry Zibilske sample the latest of Texas wines.

Noel Garcia and Dr. Larry Zibilske of Texas Plant and Soil Lab.
Texas Wine and Grape Growers Association Grape Camp 2012
Noel Garcia CCA and Dr. Larry Zibilske of Texas Plant & Soil Lab.

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