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Grape - Spring Content

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IPM

IPM
Grape growers benefit from implementing IPM - environmentally and economically sensible ways to protect crops from insects, plant diseases, weeds, and vertebrate pests.  We work with grape processors, growers, local extension educators, faculty, crop consultants, and agricultural businesses to find IPM answers, develop new IPM methods, and deliver IPM information.
 
NYS IPM Program Mission: The New York State Integrated Pest Management Program develops sustainable ways to manage pests and helps people to use methods that minimize environmental, health and economic risks.
 






Relevant Event

Core Pesticide Training and Pesticide Applicator's License Exam

Event Offers DEC Credits

April 26, 2017
9:00am-4:00pm
Portland, NY

Complete IPM Spring Content

FIFRA 2(ee) Recommendations Available for Grape Rootworm Insecticides in NY

Tim Weigle, Team Leader, Statewide Grape IPM Specialist
Lake Erie Regional Grape Program

Last Modified: January 29, 2015

In conjunction with Greg Loeb, Professor, Department of Entomology, NYSAES, two replicated spray trials using 4 insecticides currently registered for use on grapes in New York State (Admire Pro, Danitol 2.4 EC, Leverage 360 and Sniper) were conducted by NYS IPM Program and LERGP staff in grower vineyards in the Lake Erie region.

2014 hops season has begun in the Lake Erie region

Tim Weigle, Team Leader, Statewide Grape IPM Specialist
Lake Erie Regional Grape Program

Last Modified: April 22, 2014
2014 hops season has begun in the Lake Erie region

The 2014 hops season has started in the Lake Erie region. Most varieties at the Cornell Lake Erie Research and Extension Laboratory (CLEREL) started to show growth on April 14 due to the warm weather over the weekend. By April 22, a majority of the crowns had pushed growth from 1 to 3 inches. This growth will be cut back in the near future to encourage more uniform growth across the hop yard and removes weaker early growth and encourages regrowth of bines with more crop potential.  

Beta Testing of eNEWA for Grapes

Tim Weigle, Team Leader, Statewide Grape IPM Specialist
Lake Erie Regional Grape Program

Last Modified: February 10, 2014
Beta Testing of eNEWA for Grapes

Would you like to see the current weather and grape pest information found on NEWA without having to click through the website? Then eNEWA is for you. eNEWA is a daily email that contains current weather and pest model information from a station, or stations, near you. The email will contain; 1) high, low and average temperature, rainfall, wind speed and relative humidity 2) the 5-day forecast for these weather parameters, 3) GDD totals (Base 50F), 4) 5-day GDD (Base 50F) forecast and 5) model results for powdery mildew, black rot, Phomopsis and grape berry moth. The weather information is provided for not only the current day but for the past two days as well.

Insecticides for use in New York and Pennsylvania Vineyards (Table)

Edith Byrne, Association Program Educator I
Lake Erie Regional Grape Program

Last Modified: August 7, 2013
Insecticides for use in New York and Pennsylvania Vineyards (Table)

Coming up with the best timing of the various types of insecticides has always been a good topic of discussion. Andy Muza and Tim Weigle have put together a Table: Insecticides for use in New York and Pennsylvania Vineyards (based on one developed by Rufus Isaacs at Michigan State University).

2012 Frost Damage

Kevin Martin, Extension Educator, Business Management
Lake Erie Regional Grape Program

Last Modified: March 20, 2013

A perfect storm of conditions hit the Lake Erie Region to maximize the economic impact of the weather related events this spring. Historically high bulk juice prices, high crop potential and ten frost or freeze events resulted in a substantial decline in the expected value of the crop. Crop insurance, potential disaster payments and modified production practices will lessen the negative impact somewhat.

Seasonal Primer for Grape Production

Edith Byrne, Association Program Educator I
Lake Erie Regional Grape Program

Last Modified: March 14, 2013
Seasonal Primer for Grape Production

Seasonal Primer for Grape Production

Using NEWA Resources in a Vineyard IPM Strategy

Tim Weigle, Team Leader, Statewide Grape IPM Specialist
Lake Erie Regional Grape Program

Last Modified: March 7, 2013
Using NEWA Resources in a Vineyard IPM Strategy

Historically, control practices for vineyard pests in the eastern United States were made based on the calendar or on a growth stage such as bud break, bloom or verasion using materials with a broad spectrum of activity. This was a fairly straightforward approach to pest management, and for many years this type of spray program was very effective. However, as the nation became more conscious of pesticide use, the Food Quality Protection Act (FQPA) was introduced, and broad spectrum pesticides were either restricted in their usage, grapes were removed from the label, or were banned completely. In the recent past, we have seen more choices in fungicides and insecticides come on the market, but the trend is now toward less toxic and narrower spectrum pesticides.

Eichhorn-Lorenz Phenological Stages

Edith Byrne, Association Program Educator I
Lake Erie Regional Grape Program

Last Modified: January 20, 2013

Images of the Eichhorn-Lorenz Phenological Stages
     
Adapted from Eichhorn and Lorenz (1977) and Lorenz (1994)

PHENOLOGICAL STAGES: Wool (doeskin stage)

Edith Byrne, Association Program Educator I
Lake Erie Regional Grape Program

Last Modified: January 17, 2013
PHENOLOGICAL STAGES: Wool (doeskin stage)

Wool (doeskin stage): brownish wool clearly visible

PHENOLOGICAL STAGES: Bud burst: green shoot first clearly visible

Edith Byrne, Association Program Educator I
Lake Erie Regional Grape Program

Last Modified: January 16, 2013
PHENOLOGICAL STAGES: Bud burst: green shoot first clearly visible

Bud burst: green shoot first clearly visible

PHENOLOGICAL STAGES: First leaf unfolded and spread away from shoot

Edith Byrne, Association Program Educator I
Lake Erie Regional Grape Program

Last Modified: January 15, 2013
PHENOLOGICAL STAGES: First leaf unfolded and spread away from shoot

First leaf unfolded and spread away from shoot

PHENOLOGICAL STAGES: Two to three leaves unfolded

Edith Byrne, Association Program Educator I
Lake Erie Regional Grape Program

Last Modified: January 14, 2013
PHENOLOGICAL STAGES: Two to three leaves unfolded

Two to three leaves unfolded

PHENOLOGICAL STAGES: Five-six leaves unfolded: inflorescence clearly visible

Edith Byrne, Association Program Educator I
Lake Erie Regional Grape Program

Last Modified: January 13, 2013
PHENOLOGICAL STAGES: Five-six leaves unfolded: inflorescence clearly visible

Five to six leaves unfolded: inflorescence clearly visible

PHENOLOGICAL STAGES: Inflorescence fully developed: flowers separating

Edith Byrne, Association Program Educator I
Lake Erie Regional Grape Program

Last Modified: January 11, 2013
PHENOLOGICAL STAGES: Inflorescence fully developed: flowers separating

Inflorescence fully developed: flowers separating

PHENOLOGICAL STAGES: Beginning of flowering: first caps falling

Edith Byrne, Association Program Educator I
Lake Erie Regional Grape Program

Last Modified: January 10, 2013
PHENOLOGICAL STAGES: Beginning of flowering: first caps falling

Beginning of flowering: first caps falling



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Upcoming Events

Core Pesticide Training and Pesticide Applicator's License Exam

Event Offers DEC Credits

April 26, 2017
9:00am-4:00pm
Portland, NY

CORE TRAINING
WHEN: 9 AM to 12:15 PM 
WHERE: CLEREL Meeting room
COST: $15
3.0 Pesticide recertification credits in the CORE category have been applied for. The CORE training session is also designed as a review prior to taking the Commercial or Private Pesticide Applicator exam but is not required prior to taking the exam.  Preregistration for the training using the enclosed course registration form is required by April 17, 2017.

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LERGP 25 YEARS Summer Conference

Event Offers DEC Credits

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

Come celebrate 25 years with LERGP at the Summer Grower Conference.
More Details to follow!
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2017 LERGP Celebrating 25 Years Open House

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

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.
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Announcements

Check out our new Podcasts!

It is hard to be within sight of Lake Erie without seeing at least one of the 30,000 acres of grapes that make up the Lake Erie grape belt in Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, Erie and Niagara Counties in New York and Erie County in Pennsylvania. Have you ever wondered what is going on in those vineyards? One of the aims of the Lake Erie Regional Grape Program (LERGP) extension team is to provide the most up to date, research-based information to assist the grape growers in the Lake Erie region. Current LERGP programming is aimed at helping growers to be environmentally and economically sustainable in their grape production practices. Members of the Lake Erie Regional Grape Program research and extension team have added weekly podcasts to their information transfer tools. It is often difficult for growers to get out of the vineyard and to a meeting, so now they can access it from the comfort of their own homes. These podcasts can be of interest to those who are not mainstream growers as well. Whether you are currently looking to start a vineyard, have vines in your backyard or are just interested in the Lake Erie grape industry, if this week’s podcast doesn’t interest you, next week’s could. Tim Weigle, Senior Extension Associate with the NYS IPM Program, enlisted the help of the LERGP team and the team’s media specialist, Damian Dodd, to create weekly podcasts aimed at giving timely information to regional grape growers to aid them in their vineyard management. These podcasts, also called vlogs (video blogs), are brief, approximately 3-7 minutes in length, but packed full of useful information. The podcasts will range from general information on subjects like “What is LERGP?” to more specific topics like how to determine when to purchase fertilizer for the upcoming season. There are 6 podcasts posted to date, these include:
Podcast #1 “What is LERGP?” with Dr. Terry Bates and Luke Haggerty
Podcast #2 “Fertilizer Prices” with Dr. Terry Bates and Kevin Martin
Podcast #3 “Dr. Cain Hickey Reflects” with Drs. Terry Bates and Cain Hickey
Podcast #4 “Dr. Terry Bates Reflects SCRI Year 1” with Drs. Terry Bates and Cain Hickey
Podcast #5 “A full Description of LERGP” with Tim Weigle and Luke Haggerty
Podcast #6 “What is NEWA?” with Tim Weigle and Luke Haggerty

To access these useful videos, you can visit the new Lake Erie Regional Grape Program website at http://lergp.com and click on the Podcast link on the right of the screen. If you would like to be alerted when a new podcast is posted, you can subscribe to the channel by clicking “Subscribe” and an email will be sent when updates are made. Suggestions for future podcasts are welcome and can be made by commenting in the comments box on the YouTube channel or by leaving a comment on the LERGP website “Contact Us” page. If you would like more information on some of the programs being conducted by LERGP, please visit the Efficient Vineyard website https://www.efficientvineyard.com/ to see what is happening with their USDA/NIFA Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI) project.



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