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Grape - Fall Content

BUSINESS MANAGEMENT   •   CULTURAL PRACTICES   •   IPM   •   VINE NUTRITION AND SOILS

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.





Complete Business Management Fall Content

GPS Technology in Local Vineyards

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

Last Modified: July 19, 2017
GPS Technology in Local Vineyards

Kevin Martin, from the Lake Erie Regional Grape Program (Penn State University), is currently creating baseline economic data to provide regional grape growers with commercialization strategies for spatial vineyard management.

Nitrogen Worksheet

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

Last Modified: June 4, 2015

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. 

Farm Cost Survey: Results

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

Last Modified: April 4, 2013
Farm Cost Survey: Results

Promoting Sustainability in Bulk Juice and Wine Operations videos

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

Last Modified: March 26, 2013

Videos created through projects funded by North East Center for Risk Management Education, New York Farm Viability Institute, NYS IPM Program and LERGP.

Social Security Calculator

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

Last Modified: March 21, 2013
Social Security Calculator

For most retirees Social Security Income represents the largest share of their retirement income.  Forecasting the size of your benefit will play a key role in your ability to successfully manage the benefit.  Hopefully, it will help facilitate a decision-making process that maximizes the expected value of the benefit.

Fuel Prices and Inflation

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

Last Modified: March 13, 2013
Fuel Prices and Inflation

Fuel represents a significant cost for everyone, farmers included.  We have a number of generations that experienced an economy where the cost of energy could not be a consideration.  It was just plain cheap.  Bulk juice and wine producers spend significantly more on fuel now.  The perception is that fuel costs drive up the costs of other goods, cause inflation and decrease competitiveness.  I would argue that everyone has to deal with fuel prices, it decreases the supply of available money, and only impacts the costs of goods directly related to energy.  

The Top 11 Pitfalls in Farming

Last Modified: March 13, 2013

The Top 11 Pitfalls in Farming - By Ginny Carlberg, Farm Business Management Educator, Chautauqua County Coop. Ext.

The following list is written by Bill Whittle, a long-time Cooperative Extension Agent for Virginia Tech. Except for the first, these are in no particular order but you should notice rather quickly that each pitfall is entwined with the other.

USDA Rural Development for Businesses and Cooperatives

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

Last Modified: March 13, 2013

Business Programs
Through its Business Programs, USDA Rural Development provides for business credit needs in under-served rural areas, often in partnership with private-sector lenders.
Please visit their website for more up to date information: http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/LP_BusinessPrograms.html

Wage Theft Prevention Act

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

Last Modified: March 13, 2013

New York State recently passed the Wage Theft Prevention Act. This law is similar to new requirements in Massachusetts, and Illinois. In the past record keeping requirements were similar to Pennsylvania. Employers have to document standard payroll data such as hourly rate, hours worked, and ensure piece rate employees were making at least minimum wage.    

Succession Planning: Nearly Free Business Organizations

Last Modified: March 12, 2013
Succession Planning:  Nearly Free Business Organizations

Corporations, LLC, S-Corps and other business organizations have their place. In the excitement of limiting liability and developing into a sophisticated operation many growers look to these organizations. For some growers these organizations are absolutely essential and a bargain value. For small growers the tools offered are not always appropriate and the costs are disproportionate. Sole proprietorships and partnerships offer no liability protection, no flexibility in tax structure and other similar limitations. However, these organizations lower costs for insurance, filing fees, accounting services, and legal fees.

Crop Insurance

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

Last Modified: March 7, 2013

Participation in crop insurance is an essential element of risk management for bulk production.  Growers with significant leverage, or debt, are often required to purchase crop insurance.  In addition to debt, practices, site and market can all impact importance of crop insurance to an individual grower.  



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2018 LERGP Winter Grape Grower Conference

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March 14, 2018
8:00am-4:00pm
Fredonia, NY

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Tim Weigle receives Excellence in IPM award

Portland, NY. August 11, 2017: As a kid, Tim Weigle often tagged along with his dad, a plant breeder at Iowa State University. It gave him a taste for agriculture and research. But once in college he took an entomology class and everything changed. That class included an introduction to integrated pest management (IPM).
“I was fascinated by the interaction of plant systems and pest complexes,” Weigle says. So he added IPM to his bachelor’s program, then topped it off with a master’s in horticulture. “It gave me the solid foundation in crop production I needed to practice IPM,” he says.
Now, for nearly 30 years of innovative, farmer-focused IPM research and outreach in the Lake Erie Regional Grape Program (LERGP), Tim Weigle has earned an Excellence in IPM award from the New York State IPM Program (NYS IPM).
Examples- Weigle helped build a dense concentration of grower-owned weather stations linked together online through NEWA" the Network for Environment and Weather Applications" to predict when to scout for destructive grape berry moths and a hit list of other pests. And he’s applied LERGP research to use tractor-mounted sensors, each with a chip providing data for creating color-coded maps. These maps pinpoint where destructive grape rootworms are probably at work underground.
“This means you can check just those spots for grape rootworm and spot-treat only them,” Weigle says.”
Then there’s Weigle’s leadership on the Organic Guide for Grapes and the Pest Management Guidelines for both grape and hops. He’s also been a trailblazer in IPM research and outreach for the hopyards that help fuel New York’s microbreweries.
But it’s his way with people that really sets Tim Weigle apart. Sure, the internet has a lot to offer. But nobody wants a faceless Extension. Weigle created weekly “coffee pot meetings,” held at vineyards all along Lake Erie’s grape belt. Indeed, they’re what “face time” is all about. They don’t even have an agenda. Instead, they’re driven by what’s got farmers curious or worried that week.
“Some of those early coffee pot meetings were at our vineyard, back when our son was just a little kid,” says Dawn Betts of Betts Farms LLC. “I remember one time we’d all gone out to the vineyard, and Tim was talking about grape berry moths. Well, our son went down the row and picked some of the stung berries where the moths had laid their eggs. And Tim said ‘if this young man can do it, you can too.’”
The Betts family goes to a lot of those meetings. “We learn from each other,” Betts says. “If one of us has an issue, chances are the others will soon.”
“Tim does a fabulous job of incorporating the fundamentals of biology while bringing the latest science to address growers’ challenges,” says Jennifer Grant, director of NYS IPM. “We’re proud to have him on our NYS IPM team.”
Weigle received his award at the Lake Erie Regional Grape Program’s Summer Conference on August 11, 2017. Learn more about IPM at nysipm.cornell.edu.






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