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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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Most Recent Cultural Practices Fall Content

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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Fruit Thinning in Wine Grape Varieties

Last Modified: July 22, 2013
Fruit Thinning in Wine Grape Varieties

Fruit Thinning in Wine Grape Varieties
by Hans Walter-Peterson

Cluster thinning is often employed in wine varieties to help achieve a certain crop load and quality level. The amount of fruit to remove from a given vine is a function of many individual factors, including vine vigor, variety and rootstock, growing season conditions, and even the contract with the buyer. Because conditions in eastern North America can vary greatly from year to year, the need for cluster thinning and the amount to be removed can also change every season. The goal of cluster thinning, then, is to achieve both the quality and quantity parameters that will satisfy both the grower and their buyers.





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Upcoming Events

2015 Reporting Session for Current Projects and Future Proposals

February 27, 2015
9:00am-12:00pm
Portland, NY

A project reporting session is scheduled for Friday, February 27, 2015 at the Cornell Lake Erie Research and Extension Laboratory located at 6592 West Main Rd. Portland, NY. This location will serve as the primary location, but some of the presenters will be presenting from Geneva via polycom. The meeting will begin at 9:00am and run until approximately Noon. Updates on projects funded by the Lake Erie Regional Grape Program Research and Extension Program, Inc. (the group charged with dispersing the 75 cents per ton voluntary assessment for Concords produced in the Lake Erie Region), New York Wine and Grape Foundation, New York Wine Grape Growers Association and Viticulture Consortium East, will be presented, as well as, short presentations on proposed new projects. The meeting format is designed to encourage discussion between those who are conducting or proposing projects, the funders, and the grower community by limiting presentations to 5 minutes and eliminating the use of visual aids. This reporting session is open to the public. The funding session to follow is open only to members of the funding committee.
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2015 Winter Grape Grower Conference

Event Offers DEC Credits

March 16, 2015
8:00am-4:00pm
Fredonia, NY

Please join us for our annual Winter Grape Grower Conference. This is a great day to meet up with fellow growers to participate in numerous talks, panel discussions and great food! The tentative topics are as follows: GBM Management, Cover Crops, Crop Estimation, Grape Root Worm, Thinning and the Economics associated with Thinning. Actual content is being reviewed and discussed now and a more detailed list of topics will be available in the new year.
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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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Announcements

CLEREL Holiday Closing

Seasons Greetings and Happy Holidays from everyone at LERGP and CLEREL. The CLEREL facility will be following the Cornell University Academic Calendar and will be closed from Thursday, December 25, 2014 through Sunday, January 4, 2015. We will be reopening on Monday, January 5, 2015 to begin another great year!



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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