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Current Projects

Current ProjectsFinal reports and results of our research can found throughout this site. But, because some of our work can span several years to gather information, review and summarize our findings, we want to keep you abreast of our current projects. Check back for updates on our progress.





Most Recent Current Projects Spring Content

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.

FIFRA 2(ee) Recommendations Available for Grape Rootworm Insecticides in NY

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

Last Modified: January 29, 2015

In conjunction with Greg Loeb, Professor, Department of Entomology, NYSAES, two replicated spray trials using 4 insecticides currently registered for use on grapes in New York State (Admire Pro, Danitol 2.4 EC, Leverage 360 and Sniper) were conducted by NYS IPM Program and LERGP staff in grower vineyards in the Lake Erie region.

2014 hops season has begun in the Lake Erie region

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

Last Modified: April 22, 2014
2014 hops season has begun in the Lake Erie region

The 2014 hops season has started in the Lake Erie region. Most varieties at the Cornell Lake Erie Research and Extension Laboratory (CLEREL) started to show growth on April 14 due to the warm weather over the weekend. By April 22, a majority of the crowns had pushed growth from 1 to 3 inches. This growth will be cut back in the near future to encourage more uniform growth across the hop yard and removes weaker early growth and encourages regrowth of bines with more crop potential.  





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Upcoming Events

LERGP Coffee Pot Meeting

Event Offers DEC Credits

May 3, 2017
10:00am
Lake City, PA

Come join the LERGP team and fellow growers for pertinent discussion on what is happening in your vineyard right now.
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LERGP Coffee Pot Meeting

Event Offers DEC Credits

May 10, 2017
10:00am
Portland, NY

Come join the LERGP team and fellow growers for pertinent discussion on what is happening in your vineyard right now.
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LERGP Coffee Pot Meeting

Event Offers DEC Credits

May 17, 2017
10:00am
Brant, NY

Come join the LERGP team and fellow growers for pertinent discussion on what is happening in your vineyard right now.
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Announcements

Check out our new Podcasts!

It is hard to be within sight of Lake Erie without seeing at least one of the 30,000 acres of grapes that make up the Lake Erie grape belt in Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, Erie and Niagara Counties in New York and Erie County in Pennsylvania. Have you ever wondered what is going on in those vineyards? One of the aims of the Lake Erie Regional Grape Program (LERGP) extension team is to provide the most up to date, research-based information to assist the grape growers in the Lake Erie region. Current LERGP programming is aimed at helping growers to be environmentally and economically sustainable in their grape production practices. Members of the Lake Erie Regional Grape Program research and extension team have added weekly podcasts to their information transfer tools. It is often difficult for growers to get out of the vineyard and to a meeting, so now they can access it from the comfort of their own homes. These podcasts can be of interest to those who are not mainstream growers as well. Whether you are currently looking to start a vineyard, have vines in your backyard or are just interested in the Lake Erie grape industry, if this week’s podcast doesn’t interest you, next week’s could. Tim Weigle, Senior Extension Associate with the NYS IPM Program, enlisted the help of the LERGP team and the team’s media specialist, Damian Dodd, to create weekly podcasts aimed at giving timely information to regional grape growers to aid them in their vineyard management. These podcasts, also called vlogs (video blogs), are brief, approximately 3-7 minutes in length, but packed full of useful information. The podcasts will range from general information on subjects like “What is LERGP?” to more specific topics like how to determine when to purchase fertilizer for the upcoming season. There are 6 podcasts posted to date, these include:
Podcast #1 “What is LERGP?” with Dr. Terry Bates and Luke Haggerty
Podcast #2 “Fertilizer Prices” with Dr. Terry Bates and Kevin Martin
Podcast #3 “Dr. Cain Hickey Reflects” with Drs. Terry Bates and Cain Hickey
Podcast #4 “Dr. Terry Bates Reflects SCRI Year 1” with Drs. Terry Bates and Cain Hickey
Podcast #5 “A full Description of LERGP” with Tim Weigle and Luke Haggerty
Podcast #6 “What is NEWA?” with Tim Weigle and Luke Haggerty

To access these useful videos, you can visit the new Lake Erie Regional Grape Program website at http://lergp.com and click on the Podcast link on the right of the screen. If you would like to be alerted when a new podcast is posted, you can subscribe to the channel by clicking “Subscribe” and an email will be sent when updates are made. Suggestions for future podcasts are welcome and can be made by commenting in the comments box on the YouTube channel or by leaving a comment on the LERGP website “Contact Us” page. If you would like more information on some of the programs being conducted by LERGP, please visit the Efficient Vineyard website https://www.efficientvineyard.com/ to see what is happening with their USDA/NIFA Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI) project.



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