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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.





Complete Current Projects Winter Content

Local Grower Assists in the Development of Technology for the Lake Erie Concord

Last Modified: July 27, 2017

One of the goals of the Lake Erie Regional Grape Program is to ensure that the research they conduct is useful to grape growers. One way to ensure this happens is to incorporate grower participation into any research project from the very beginning. 

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.

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.

Lake Erie Regional Grape Program Hosts Hops Conference in Western New York

Last Modified: July 23, 2013
Lake Erie Regional Grape Program Hosts Hops Conference in Western New York

The Lake Erie Regional Grape Program, in conjunction with the NYS IPM Program, held the first annual Lake Erie Hops Conference at the Cornell Lake Erie Research and Extension Laboratory (CLEREL) in Portland, NY. The workshop was aimed toward those who are interested in hops production in the Lake Erie Region. Current growers and potential hops growers had the opportunity to learn about the history of hops in New York, opportunities with the Northeast Hops Alliance, preparation and considerations before planting hops, pest management, weed control, equipment for hops production, economics of hops productions, and marketing to brewers. 

Adapting Canopy Sensing Systems into Juice Grape Production

James Taylor, Post-Doctoral Fellow
Lake Erie Regional Grape Program

Last Modified: April 10, 2013
Adapting Canopy Sensing Systems into Juice Grape Production

The LERGP team at CLEREL are researching and developing methods to incorporate information from high-resolution canopy sensors into Concord (and Niagara) production systems. Two sensing systems are being trialed; the N-Tech GreenSeeker and Holland Scientific CropCircle. These canopy sensors operate by measuring the reflectance of visible (Blue, Green and/or Red) and Near Infra-Red (NIR) light from the leaves. The amount of reflectance is dependent on i) the number of leaves and ii) the health (color and cell structure) of these leaves.

GIS Mapping of Lake Erie Vineyards

Rhiann Jakubowski, Program Assistant - GIS
Lake Erie Regional Grape Program

Last Modified: November 19, 2012
GIS Mapping of Lake Erie Vineyards

In 2011, indvidual vineyard block boundaries in the Lake Erie grape belt region were manually mapped using ArcGIS software with funding providced by Cornell Cooperative Extension Administrion Special Smith Lever Funding.



Upcoming Events

2024 LERGP Winter Grape Grower Conference

Event Offers DEC Credits

March 14, 2024
Fredonia, NY

Winter Grower Conference

2024 NYSDEC How to Get Certified Course

Event Offers DEC Credits

April 4, 2024 : NYSDEC How to Get Certified Training Course and Exam Registration
Portland, NY

NYSDEC training course in preparation to take the pesticide applicator exam

LERGP Coffee Pot Meeting #1 -Special Spotted Lanternfly Focus

Event Offers DEC Credits

May 1, 2024 : LERGP Coffee Pot Meeting
North East, PA

Come learn how to manage SLF when it arrives.  Discussion will be centered around Spotted Lanternfly research, management, experience and best practice for dealing with new and established infestations.  Lunch is provided today.

Announcements

NYWGF visits the Chautauqua Region

The New York Wine & Grape Foundation, led by Executive Director Sam Filler, is thrilled to announce their upcoming visit to your region this April!

During this visit, NWYGF will host an information session about programs affecting our industry. As you may know, NYWGF is sponsoring a Vineyard Survey aimed at gathering accurate and insightful data about grape growing in New York. If you are a grape grower or wine maker in the state, your input is crucial in shaping the future of funding and promotion for the industry. By participating in the survey, you will be contributing valuable data that will help inform decisions about the industry's future growth. We invite you to learn more about the Vineyard Survey, how you can help by providing your data, and how the results will be shared and will support the industry.



The NYWGF team will also be sharing information about our valuable membership benefits and services, as well as giving you an overview of the New York Sustainable Winegrowing Program. The New York Sustainable Winegrowing Program provides a clear pathway for vineyards to achieve certification by implementing regionally defined sustainability standards.

To make the visit even more valuable, a free lunch will be provided.

This is an amazing opportunity to learn more about the exciting developments happening in New York's wine and grape industry. NYWGF is thankful to our partner, American National Insurance, for making this visit possible. This public-private partnership showcases the impact that we can have when we work together towards a common goal.

Commercial Vehicle Awareness slide presentation

NYS Trooper, Matt Luft, presented on Commercial Vehicle Awareness at CLEREL on Thursday, August 2nd.  He has given us the permission to share his slides for you to reference at your convenience to share with others or to review. Please reference this link. 

Straight Talk: Is H-2A Working Out in the Vineyard

Check out the story below.  Our local grower Andy Knight is one of the 3 growers interviewed.

https://www.growingproduce.com/fruits/grapes/how-h-2a-is-working-out-in-the-vineyard/

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