Lake Erie Regional Grape Program Enrollment

Program Areas

  • Pest Management
  • Vineyard Nutrition
  • Crop Management
  • Market Development
  • Farm Business

Enrollment Benefits

  • Vineyard Consultations
  • Vineyard Notes Newsletter
  • Crop Update Weekly Electronic Newsletter
  • Educational Meetings & Conferences
  • Discounted Conference Registration Fees

Enrollee Login

Log In To Access:

  • Issues of Vineyard Notes
  • Issues of Crop Update
New Vineyard Timeline     
Grape - Spring Content


Business Management

Business ManagementThe Lake Erie Regional Grape Program is designed to serve the needs of regional growers and wineries. Long term trends in bulk juice production has held steady in the region for decades. Most profit growth requires improvements in production and management efficiency. Specialty wine production have seen steady growth for the past decade. Bulk wine production is a market that continues to shift and evolve with consumer preferences. With those realities in mind we strive to give growers the tools to improve their generational sustainability and fiscal health.

Most Recent Business Management Spring Content

Partnership Agreement

Kevin Martin, Extension Educator, Business Management
Lake Erie Regional Grape Program

Last Modified: March 6, 2014

A partnership is quickly becoming an underrated business organization.  The LLC is not without its advantages, but take a look at this partnership agreement for some ideas.  It provides a good place to start for growers with multiple generations and less than 200 acres.

Beta Testing of eNEWA for Grapes

Tim Weigle, Team Leader, Statewide Grape IPM Specialist
Lake Erie Regional Grape Program

Last Modified: February 10, 2014
Beta Testing of eNEWA for Grapes

Would you like to see the current weather and grape pest information found on NEWA without having to click through the website? Then eNEWA is for you. eNEWA is a daily email that contains current weather and pest model information from a station, or stations, near you. The email will contain; 1) high, low and average temperature, rainfall, wind speed and relative humidity 2) the 5-day forecast for these weather parameters, 3) GDD totals (Base 50F), 4) 5-day GDD (Base 50F) forecast and 5) model results for powdery mildew, black rot, Phomopsis and grape berry moth. The weather information is provided for not only the current day but for the past two days as well.

Farm Cost Survey

Kevin Martin, Extension Educator, Business Management
Lake Erie Regional Grape Program

Last Modified: April 5, 2013
Farm Cost Survey

Help me help you. Growers are always concerned about input costs.  A baseline for the total cost of production is an important tool in developing benchmarks for individual practices.  Knowing how your management deviates from average, for better or worse, may help facilitate a conversation about organizational goals.  Complete the farm cost survey and we'll have results to you as soon as possible.  Once we have enough growers to eliminate privacy concerns, results will be posted to the website live. 

calendar of events

Upcoming Events

CORE Training & Pesticide Applicator's License Exam

Event Offers DEC Credits

April 2, 2015
9:00am-12:00pm, 1:00-3:00pm
Portland, NY

The morning session will consist of a "CORE" training class that will run from 9:00am-Noon. This session is designed to be a review for the exam that follows in the afternoon. This session is not required to take the exam, but does qualify particpants for 3.0 DEC credits.

The exam held in the afternoon is conducted by the NYSDEC. You MUST register through them. All information pertaining to this exam is included on the PDF form titled Instructions for applying for the exam.Instructions for ordering manuals from The Cornell Store are also included.  These forms are found by clicking "view details".
Pre-registration is required for both events.

view details

Worker Protection Standard Training

Event Offers DEC Credits

April 6, 2015
Jamestown, NY

Tim Weigle, NYS IPM Program will lead participants in an overview of the Worker Protection Standard by showing the Michigan State University video, Pesticide Handlers and the Worker Protection Standard. The video itself is 50 minutes, and will be accompanied by a question and answer session.
view details

Wine Workshop

April 9, 2015
Portland, NY

Join Denise Gardner, Enology Extension Associate, Penn State University, Chris Gerling, Enology Extension Associate, Cornell University, Anna Katharine Mansfield, Associate Professor of Enology, Cornell University for a full day of talks to identify, measure and mitigate potential risk areas and develop standard operating procedures in the winery.
view details


2014 CAPS project report available

The NY Commodity Ag Pest Survey for grapes is now available in the IPM section of our website

Lake Erie Grapes in the News

The recent below zero temperatures we have across the Lake Erie grape belt has brought a renewed interest to grape production in the area, especially the impact on the cold sensitive wine varieties. Use the station links below to see the LERGP's Luke Haggerty discussing the cold temperatures effects on bud mortality across the region with reporters from Channel 4 and Channel 7 in Buffalo, NY.

LERGPLake Erie Regional Grape Program - Cornell Cooperative Extension
Your Trusted Source for Research-Based Knowledge
In Partnership with Penn State