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LERGP Winter Conference Series

Event Details

LERGP 3 part Winter Conference series
Event Offers DEC Credits


March 16, 2022




First Attendee : $100.00

(addl attendee $35.00 ea.)

attendance to all 3 events


Lake Erie Regional Grape Program

LERGP 3 part Winter Conference series

LERGP 3 part Winter Conference series

Agenda for Conference: 

Registration/morning refreshments 7:45-8:15 

8:15-8:50- Cold Hardiness and Climate Change

Jason Londo, Associate professor of fruit physiology at Cornell University, will talk about his research on bud dormancy and cold hardiness, which are critical adaptations for surviving winter cold stress for temperate perennial plant species, with shifting temperature-based responses during the winter. This information can be used to refine models predicting effects of climate change on dormancy and cold hardiness in grapevine. 

8:50-9:25 Labor Issues

A reliable and competitive workforce is one of the biggest challenges the agricultural community is recently facing, along with the 2020 changes in labor laws.  Our opening speaker, Richard Stup, Ph.D., Agricultural Workforce Specialist for Cornell Cooperative Extension, will address these challenges.  One of the main topics of discussion will be labor concerns and the future of the work force in regard to what the trends in labor are and how those trends will affect grape farms in our region. 

BREAK 9:25-9:50 

9:50-10:30- Lance Cadle-Davidson, USDA, Cornell University.

Research developed through the VitisGen2: New Technologies Accelerate Disease Resistant Cultivar Development will be presented by Lance.  He will talk about how the VitisGen2 project identifies and address threats from diseases.  The program focuses on novel methods to improve disease resistance and improve production efficiency and profitability long term throughout the U.S. table grape, raisin, and wine industry.

 10:30-11:05- Kaitlin Gold, Department of Plant Pathology, Cornell University.

Katie will discuss Hyperspectral systems for pre-symptomatic agricultural disease detection in Grape IPM, highlighting some of the tools and approaches for Grape IPM.  Katie will talk about the latest hardware and software for remote imaging with future application to digital agriculture and grape production with focus on block rot trial data and known resistances in WNY.


11:05-11:40 Dan Olmstead, NYS IPM, Cornell University.

Dan will be presenting the new NEWA website. Growers across New York State and Erie County Pennsylvania utilize the NEWA website model results to project pesticide management decisions in advance for grape berry moth, powdery mildew, black rot and Phomopsis.  Dan's talk will familiarize them with accessing information on the new NEWA and provide an opportunity for a more in-depth understanding of how the information can be used to make decisions in their vineyards. 

11:40-12:15- Greg Loeb, Department of Entomology, Cornell University.

Greg will be presenting his ongoing research projects include vector-pathogen interactions (e.g. grape leafroll disease and mealybug and soft scale insect vectors, and sour rot in grapes and Drosophila.  His overall goal is to understand the principal forces that influence species interactions involving plants, herbivores, natural enemies and more recently microbes with the specific applied goal of developing novel approaches to pest management with a focus on grapes.

 LUNCH 12:15-1:35 

1:35-2:15- Brian Eshenaur, NYS IPM, Cornell University.

Brian is the NYS IPM lead on Spotted Lanterfly and he will be presenting on the current Spotted Lanternfly infestations, information he has learned from PA and Virginia grape growers' experiences with SLF, and he will also present on the history, basic biology, impact and management of this pest.


2:15-2:50- Eric Clifton, Department of Entomology, Cornell University.

Eric will present Fungal Pathogens Show Promise as IPM Spotted Lanternfly Management Strategies. Spotted Lanternfly is a serious invasive species with current infestations in Southeast Pennsylvania, Virginia, Delaware, New Jersey and now New York.  While Tree of Heaven is its preferred host, grapes have been found to be the preferred crop for this pest.  Eric will present his research on use of native fungal pathogens as SLF management strategies, including trials with commercial biopesticides that use insect pathogenic fungi. Eric will also share some of his work with surveys for spotted lanternfly egg masses in vineyards and the surrounding landscape. 

BREAK 2:50-3:05

 3:05-3:40- Cover Crop Case Study in Concord Vineyard

Jennifer Phillips Russo, the Lake Erie Viticulture Extension Specialist, Bob Betts, Concord Cover Crop Extraordinaire, and Joseph Amsili, an Extension Associate with the Cornell Soil Health Team will discuss a case study of the Betts Farm Cover Cropping Experiment.  The Betts efforts in collaboration with the Lake Erie Regional Grape Program has resulted in an over ten-year long experiment. This talk will discuss the how's and why's of how it was started and where the health of the soil is now.  

3:40-4:15- Understanding Soil & Petiole Tests and Vine Nutrition Terry Bates, CLEREL Director, Cornell AgriTech, Cornell University, will talk about reading and understanding your soil and petiole tests and how they reflect vine nutrition.  Terry's innate ability to break down scientific information into useful chunks that can frame your understanding of complex scientific interactions and how they can work for you and your operations will be front and center.  This information will guide your nutritional strategies and inform your decision making. 

4:15-4:45- MyEV Viticulture Data Collection and Visualization Tool

Nick Gunner- one of the major barriers to adoption for small to medium size grape growers is in having access to spatial data processing. Nick Gunner, with Orbitist, will present and overview of the MyEV tool web-based tool to upload, process, and visualize sensor data to improve your vineyard operations.


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Agenda for March 16 (PDF; 82KB)

Upcoming Events

No Coffee Pot Meeting This week

Event Offers DEC Credits

June 7, 2023

LERGP Coffee Pot Meeting #6

Event Offers DEC Credits

June 14, 2023
Westfield, NY

Come join us for timely and pertinent vineyard discussion, coffee, donuts and camaraderie.

LERGP Coffee Pot Meeting #7

Event Offers DEC Credits

June 21, 2023
Ransomville, NY

Come join us for timely and pertinent vineyard discussion, coffee, donuts and camaraderie.


July 19th Coffee Pot Meeting CANCELLED

Please accept our apologies as we found this meeting in direct conflict with other unavoidable events.

NYWGF presents Introduction to New York Wine

Welcome to New York! Introduction to New York Wines
Building on the success of the newly updated New York Wine Reference Guide, NYWGF is pleased to bring comprehensive, expertly delivered New York wine education to your team each week from April 25th through June 20th, 2023. We welcome you to join wine writer and educator Dan Belmont as he leads this nine (9) part series - completely free for NYWGF Winery and Grower Members.
From our first 90-minute 'deep dive' into the wines of New York, to the subsequent 60- minute sessions on our major varietals and wine regions, this educational opportunity will be unlike any other and extremely valuable to winery and vineyard leaders, tasting room and marketing staff, as well as to trade, media, and consumers who are champions of New York wine. Tasting components are part of each session - with recommended wines for each session to be announced in advance of the seminar date.
We agree with Eric Asimov who noted in the New York Times that "New York is the third largest wine- producing state in the country, after California and Washington. Yet it doesn't get nearly the respect it deserves." Fortunately, much has changed in the last few years and information about New York wines is being sought out by all levels of consumer, trade, and media. This session will empower you with knowledge and introduce you to the major regions, grapes, and styles of New York State wine, and provide an overview of statewide geography, geology, climate & history. Participants will gain conversational-level broad knowledge of New York State wine and leave excited about the upward trends in both quality winemaking and viticulture in New York State.
Arrowhead Spring Chardonnay 2021 (Niagara)
Boundary Breaks Dry Riesling 2021 (Finger Lakes)
Mazza Chautauqua Cellars Gew?rztraminer 2017 (Lake Erie)
Benmarl Winery Estate Cabernet Franc 2018 (Hudson Valley)
Macari Merlot 2019 (Long Island)
Vesco Ridge Diamond (Champlain Valley)
Meadowdale Winery Blue Jay Dechaunac (Upper Hudson)
Please Note: Suggested wines for tastings must be purchased separately and are not included with registration.
Tomorrow! Tue, April 25, 2023 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM EDT
Click Here to Register
Sessions are free for all NYWGF Members. Attendees must register for the full series and will be provided with seminar recordings if unable to attend live.
About our Host: Dan Belmont
Dan BelmontDan is a London-based certified American Wine Expert and holds a Level-3 certification in Wines & Spirits from the WSET. He led the education departments of NYC's famed Murray's Cheese, the largest artisan cheese retailer in the US, and Bedales of Borough, a trio of wine bars based in London's historic markets. Dan is the Wine Ambassador for Liebherr UK and proudly supports the New York Wine & Grape Foundation along with a variety of international trade associations and producers as a presenter, educator & judge. In 2022 he authored the latest edition of the New York State Wine Reference Guide. Dan operates in constant awe of the good people who dedicate themselves to the odyssey that is producing good wine. It is in that spirit that he created Good Wine Good People - a unique e-commerce wine retail platform serving the UK market.

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.

2023 LERGP Coffee Pot Schedule

2023 LERGP Coffee Pot Meeting Schedule

May 3, 2023 10:00am Double A Vineyards
10317 Christy Rd. Fredonia NY 14063

May 10, 2023 10:00am Niagara Landing Wine Cellars
4434 Van Dusen Rd. Lockport NY 14094

May 17, 2023 10:00am John Schultz & Sons
9510 Sidehill Rd. North East PA 16428

May 24, 2023 10:00am Brian Chess Farm
10289 West Main Rd. Ripley NY 14775

May 31, 2023 10:00am Sprague Farms
12435 Versailles Rd. Irving NY 14081

June 7, 2023 10:00am NO COFFEE POT MEETING

June 14, 2023 10:00am Betts' Farm
7365 East Route 20 Westfield, NY 14787

June 21, 2023 10:00am Paul Bencal Farm
2645 Albright Rd. Ransomville NY 14131

June 28, 2023 10:00am Gary Young Farm
8401 Gulf Rd. North East PA 16428

July 5, 2023 10:00am NO COFFEE POT MEETING

July 12, 2023 10:00am Zach & Alicia Schneider Farm
771 Bradley Rd. Silver Creek NY 14136

July 19, 2023 10:00am Schultze Winery
2090 Coomer Rd. Burt NY 14028

July 26, 2023 10:00am Westfield Ag & Turf
7521 Prospect Rd. Westfield NY 14787

Spotted Lanternfly Public Service Announcement

Please take a look at this PSA on YouTube.  It is narrated by our very own Jennifer Phillips Russo.
If you see a Spotted Lanternfly:
1-Take a photo
2-Collect it
3-Squish it
4-Report it

LERGP Podcasts- check them out!


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