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  • Market Development
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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. 

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Upcoming Events

HOPS Conference

June 27, 2015
Portland, NY

Save the date for our annual HOPS conference. We don't have the day planned yet, but put it on your calendar so you don't miss it!
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40th Annual ASEV-Eastern Section Conference

July 23 - July 25, 2015

Dunkirk, NY

For more information and registration visit the ASEV web-site link on details page.
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ISHS II International Workshop on Vineyard Mechanization and Grape and Wine Quality

July 26 - July 29, 2015
Fredonia, NY

On behalf of the ISHS Fruit Section Working Group on Vineyard Mechanization and Vine Berry Fruits, we invite you to an International Workshop on Vineyard Mechanization and Grape and Wine Quality to be held in Fredonia, New York, USA.The II International Workshop on Vineyard Mechanization and Grape and Wine Quality will be held from Sunday, July 26 to Wednesday, July 29th 2015 at SUNY Fredonia. The workshop will kick off on Sunday with a Shaulis Symposium focused on grapevine physiology and mechanized grapevine production. Monday will be a full day technical and winery tour to the Cornell Lake Erie Research and Extension Laboratory and Lake Erie Region wineries. This will be followed by a day and a half of technical presentations and posters on: precision viticulture, sensing technologies, variable rate management, fruit quality, and economics.
Primary Topics of the Symposium:
Horticulture: Grapevine Physiology and Mechanized Production
Engineering: Mechanized Tools for Vineyard Operations Sensing Technology
Spatial Vineyard Measurement Variable Rate Management: Zonal Application for Yield and Quality
Fruit Quality and Economics: Impact of Mechanized Systems

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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.

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