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Grape - Spring Content


Cultural Practices

Cultural PracticesVineyard Nutrition
Just as in humans, nutritional balance within the vine is essential to consistent fruit quality and quantity. How do you balance nutrition in the vineyard? While the majority of nutritional management can be dealt with prior to planting, such as adjusting soil pH and organic matter, vineyard soil management is a continual process and requires monitoring to ensure healthy, productive vines. It's better to maintain proper soil health practices than to try to correct problems when leaf symptoms are visible. How can you keep an eye on vineyard nutrition? Soil and petiole testing will help you monitor nutrients available in the soil and in the plants. We recommend doing BOTH soil and petiole testing to verify that what you have available in the soil is actually getting into the vines. If a petiole test result indicates a deficiency, but soil test results indicate adequate levels of a nutrient, an alternative problem, such as improper soil pH or inadequate water drainage, could be the culprit.


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Freeze Damage

Last Modified: February 24, 2015
Freeze Damage

Lake Erie Grape belt low temperatures in Feb 2015 reached -19 to -29 degrees F and this has caused variable damage to fruiting buds of grapevines. Viticulture Specialist, Luke Haggerty, and the CLEREL staff are evaluating the extent of bud damage from several vineyards across the region.

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.

Where in New York Are You? / Some added Resources

Edith Byrne, Association Program Educator I
Lake Erie Regional Grape Program

Last Modified: November 13, 2013
Where in New York Are You? / Some added Resources

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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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