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

Event Offers DEC Credits

Event Details

Date

March 20, 2014

Time

8:00am-4:00pm

Location

Williams Center
SUNY FREDONIA Campus
Fredonia, NY 14063

Cost

$40.00 LERGP Member
(additional attendee $35.00 ea.)

$100.00 Non-Member
(additional attendee $100.00 ea.)

Host

Lake Erie Regional Grape Program

Pre-Registration Deadline: March 17, 2014

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2014 Winter Grape Growers Conference

March 20, 2014

2014 Winter Grape Growers Conference

Mark your calendars, the date has been set for the 2014 Lake Erie Regional Grape Program's Winter Grape Grower Conference. Come join fellow grape growers for an educational day of lectures and discussion panels.  An agenda is in development stages right now, but you can plan on seeing topics on up and coming GIS and sensory work, as well as, always pertinent, topics such as trellissing, soil development and Pest Management applications. DEC credits will be available.

We will be holding this event at the Williams Center located on the SUNY Fredonia Campus this year. The renovations are complete and they are happy to be hosting us again. The renovations are going to allow us to hold the entire conference within the Williams Center. There will be no need to be walking on icy pathwways or going in and out of the cold. Once you arrive, you will spend the entire day right there in one building and everything is handicap accessible.



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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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