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August 2017

LERGP 25 YEARS Summer Conference

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August 11, 2017
9:00am-4:00pm
Portland, NY

LERGP 25 YEARS Summer Conference
2017 Lake Erie Regional Grape Program Summer Growers’ Conference

August 11, 2017
Cornell Lake Erie Research and Extension Laboratory
6592 West Main Road, Portland, NY 14769

Agenda

7:30 AM Tradeshow set up begins

8:30 AM Registration and Tradeshow open

9:00 AM Welcome Tim Weigle

9:10 to 9:45 AM Using the Grape Berry Moth Model on NEWA
Tim Weigle, NYS IPM Program and Andy Muza, LERGP, Penn State

9:45 to 10:15 AM Managing Resistance and Late Season Fungicide Applications
Bryan Hed, LERGP, Penn State

10:15 to 10:45 AM Insect Update
Jody Timer, LERGP, Penn State

10:45 to 11:45 AM Update on Changes in the Worker Protection Standard Regulations
Michael Nierenberg, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation

11:45 to Noon Excellence in IPM Award Presentation ??" Jennifer Grant

Noon to 1:30 PM Lunch and Visit Tradeshow

1:30 to 2:00 PM Precision Vineyard Imaging
Dr. Stephen Nuske, Carnegie Melon University

2:00 to 2:30PM Variable Rate Shoot Thinning The Hows and Whys
Jackie Dresser and Rhiann Jakubowski, Lake Erie Regional Grape Program

2:30 to 3:00 PM “Efficient Vineyard” SCRI Project Update
Terry Bates, LERGP, CLEREL Director

3:00 to 3:30 PM Economics of Using Cover Crops
Kevin Martin, LERGP, Penn State

3:30 to 4:00 PM Efficient Vineyard Project
James Taylor, New Castle University

4:00 PM Adjourn
Come celebrate 25 years with LERGP at the Summer Grower Conference.
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2017 LERGP Celebrating 25 Years Open House

August 12, 2017
10:00am-03:00pm
Portland, NY

2017 LERGP Celebrating 25 Years Open House
We would like to open our doors to the community and surrounding areas to share what we do here at the Lake Erie Regional Grape Program at the Cornell Lake Erie Research and Extension Laboratory. LERGP is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year and we hope you will be part of it. Stop in to see presentations of our current work and take a tour of the farm.
We will be having hayride tours of the farm and a free hot dog lunch!

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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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