Developing a Research Program Near the Climatic Limits of Commercial Vine Culture
Wednesday, June 20
8:30 am – 9:15 am
Dr. G. Stanley Howell, Emeritus, Michigan State University
We are pleased to honor Dr. Howell with the Merit Award based on his many accomplishments and contributions to the industry and ASEV.
Howell has been instrumental in changing the grape variety landscape in Michigan, focusing on grapevine cold hardiness, particularly given Michigan’s difficult climate; how vineyard cultural practices could minimize the impacts of these cold events; and how grapevine physiology in cool climates could be used with practices to maximize yield and quality
Howell also developed a methodology to assess the impacts of freeze damage and of other abiotic stresses which helped Michigan Concord and Niagara producers manage their crops damaged by these forces. His leadership at a state-wide level was significant in the creation of the Michigan Grape and Wine Council, the major research and marketing body for Michigan grape and wine products.
Howell is author or co-author of 103 original research papers and 185 articles in trade journals, handouts and reports. He was the 1999 ASEV Honorary Research Lecturer and was awarded the 2003 Integrity Award by the Lodi-Woodbridge Wine Grape Commission. He served the ASEV Eastern Section in several leadership capacities.