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Event Offers DEC Credits

Event Details

Date

March 15, 2017

Time

8:00am-4:00pm

Location

Williams Center at SUNY Fredonia
280 Central Avenue
Fredonia, NY 14063

Cost

$50.00 LERGP Member
(additional attendee $40.00 ea.)

$100.00 Non LERGP member


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Pre-Registration Deadline: March 14, 2017

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2017 LERGP Annual Winter Grower Conference

March 15, 2017

2017 LERGP Annual Winter Grower Conference
If you are interested in how technology is going to change the way you grow grapes in the future you will be interested in the morning session that is devoted to project updates for the Efficient Vineyard SCRI project. 
 
The afternoon will have speakers on how to make Crop Insurance work for you and the ever important pesticide recertification credits. We got a Valentine ’s Day present from the NYS DEC yesterday when they informed us that we will be able to provide 2.00 credits for attending the afternoon presentations. We are still waiting to hear back from PDA but typically they provide double the credits of DEC (PDA gives 1 credit per half hour talk while DEC gives 1 credit per hour of talk) so we are hoping to provide 4.0 credits for the afternoon talks for those with a Pennsylvania pesticide applicators license.

Check out the LERGP Grape Growers’ Conference promo at https://youtu.be/E_b_4sfX6ew to see and hear, first-hand, the sights and sounds of the conference, including an interview with Luke Haggerty on what the conference provides.
You can register on-line on the LERGP website at: https://lergp.cce.cornell.edu/event_preregistration.php?event=281
Or use the registration form that follows.
If you have any questions about the registration process please contact Kate at (716) 792-2800.


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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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