Richard Smart viticulture

Richard Smart, viticulture expert

Nebraska Extension is welcoming a viticulture expert from abroad to lead its June 20 workshop on growing grapes in Springfield, Neb.

The workshop will feature Richard Smart, an Australian viticulturalist and leading global consultant on viticulture methods. Smart is considered responsible for revolutionizing grape growing due to his work on canopy management techniques. He is often referred to as “the flying vine doctor.”

Smart will talk about canopy management for better yields and quality, trunk disease and Accentuated Cut Edges. He will lead hands-on demonstrations and examinations of trunk disease and canopy management after the lunch break.

The workshop will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Soaring Wings Vineyard, 17111 S. 138th St., Springfield, Neb. Cost for the workshop and lunch is $35 for first person from an enterprise and $25 per additional person from the same enterprise or family.

Registration is required by Tuesday, June 18, and checks can be sent to the University of Nebraska Viticulture Program, Department of Agronomy and Horticulture, 279 Plant Sciences Hall, Lincoln, NE 68583-0915.

More details and the workshop itinerary can be found at

For questions, please contact Paul Read at or 402-472-5136 or Stephen Gamet at or 402-416-9763.