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NewslettersThe Lake Erie Regional Grape Program publishes a Newsletter, The Lake Erie Regional Grape Program Vineyard Notesmonthly during the growing season depending on need. The Newsletter contains timely, pertinent information regarding what is happening in our Region, as well as, a complete list of Upcoming Events. The Newsletter is available online (pdf), and delivered by mail to your home for an additional fee, as part of your membership.
Please access past issues below.

The The Lake Erie Regional Grape Program Electronic Crop Update contains timely articles specific to your needs during each "season", as well as, a list of Upcoming Events that are helpful to our grower membership.
During the growing season the LERGP Team Members contribute to an email Electronic Crop Update that is delivered weekly to your email box. A pdf version is also available that will contain all images, graphs, and figures that might not fit in the email version.
During the winter months the Electronic Crop Update is delivered bi-weekly to your email address.
Please access past issues below.

Archived Electronic Crop Updates

May 18, 2017 (PDF; 3749KB)

Main Topic: Phomopsis

May 11, 2017 (PDF; 4527KB)

Main Topic: Prebloom decisions, Phomopsis, shoot thinning

May 4, 2017 (PDF; 3626KB)

Main Topic: Spray timing, North East UPdate

May 4, 2017 (PDF; 3626KB)

Main Topic: Spray timing, North East UPdate

May 4, 2017 (PDF; 3625KB)

Main Topic: Spray timing, North East UPdate

May 4, 2017 (PDF; 3570KB)

Main Topic: Spray timing, North East UPdate

April 6, 2017 (PDF; 3343KB)

Main Topic: Potash News, New LERGP web-site

March 23, 2017 (PDF; 3654KB)

Main Topic: Concord Utilization, WPS

March 1, 2017 (PDF; 4201KB)

Main Topic: Conf. Bud Hardiness, Harvest Costs

February 16, 2017 (PDF; 3174KB)

Main Topic: Winter Growers' Conference Preview

February 2, 2017 (PDF; 3606KB)

Main Topic: New Web-site, NEWA, Lake Temp, Crop Insurance

January 19, 2017 (PDF; 3334KB)

Main Topic: Going Bulk, NEWA, Cornell Soil Test, SCRI Update

December 21, 2016 (PDF; 6381KB)

Main Topic: WPS, Bud Hardiness, SCRI, Input Costs

December 8, 2016 (PDF; 7057KB)

Main Topic: Succession, Pruning, WPS, Winter Conference

November 30, 2016 (PDF; 343KB)

Main Topic: Small Berry Workshop Announcement

November 10, 2016 (PDF; 0KB)

Main Topic: Profitability, Soil Tests, Grapes on Ground?

November 10, 2016 (PDF; 4362KB)

Main Topic: Profitability, Soil Tests, Grapes on Ground?

October 27, 2016 (PDF; 3828KB)

Main Topic: Harvest in Review

October 13, 2016 (PDF; 5517KB)

Main Topic: Enforcement of Stated Grape Price, Black Rot

September 29, 2016 (PDF; 5404KB)

Main Topic: Federal Programming Update, Brix, Berry Size, WPS

September 15, 2016 (PDF; 4533KB)

Main Topic: Harvest economics, pests, crops

September 8, 2016 (PDF; 7105KB)

Main Topic: Crop size, Bery Curve, Downy Mildew, GBM

August 25, 2016 (PDF; 6810KB)

Main Topic: COVER CROP WORKSHOP, pricing, GBM, Weather

August 18, 2016 (PDF; 6706KB)

Main Topic: Cover Crop Conf, Pricing, Weather, Disease, Pests

August 11, 2016 (PDF; 7063KB)

Main Topic: Drought Stress, Harvest Ops, Pest & Disease Up

August 4, 2016 (PDF; 6300KB)

Main Topic: Drought Stress, GBM, Disease, Weather Update

July 28, 2016 (PDF; 7290KB)

Main Topic: Water Stress, Black Rot, GBD, LeafHopper

July 21, 2016 (PDF; 7231KB)

Main Topic: GBM Sprays, Pests, Water Stress, Events

July 14, 2016 (PDF; 7357KB)

Main Topic: LLC, Disease and Pest, Berry Curve, Crop Est

July 7, 2016 (PDF; 6767KB)

June 30, 2016 (PDF; 5616KB)

Main Topic: Thinning and Drought, Berry set, Disease and Pest

June 23, 2016 (PDF; 5694KB)

Main Topic: Row Middle Mgmt, Dry Weather, disease, pests

June 16, 2016 (PDF; 5069KB)

Main Topic: Bloom, petiole sampling, Pests, Grape Tumid

June 9, 2016 (PDF; 6055KB)

Main Topic: Bloom, NDVI, Pesticide Costs, IPM, Rose Chafer

June 2, 2016 (PDF; 4877KB)

Main Topic: Worker Productivity, Bloom, NE Update

May 26, 2016 (PDF; 5536KB)

Main Topic: Baby Haggerty, Early Season IPM, Adjuvants

May 19, 2016 (PDF; 6442KB)

Main Topic: Cover Crop, NDVI, IPM, North East Update

May 12, 2016 (PDF; 4388KB)

Main Topic: Practicing Discretion, Bud Break, Early Season IPM

May 5, 2016 (PDF; 6474KB)

Main Topic: Steely Beetle, Climbing Cutworm, Phenology Update

April 29, 2016 (PDF; 146KB)

Main Topic: Important Frost Damage Update!!!

April 29, 2016 (PDF; 146KB)

Main Topic: Important Frost Damage Update!!!

April 28, 2016 (PDF; 4304KB)

Main Topic: Coffee Pot Schedule, Extension Articles

March 31, 2016 (PDF; 4043KB)

Main Topic: labor law issues, orange slime, GDD

March 18, 2016 (PDF; 4392KB)

Main Topic: Bud Break Progression, NEWA, Input Costs

March 3, 2016 (PDF; 4722KB)

Main Topic: Enhancement Grant update, Weather, IPM NEWA

February 18, 2016 (PDF; 3567KB)

Main Topic: Enhancement Grant, Bud Hardiness

February 18, 2016 (PDF; 3594KB)

Main Topic: Enhancement Grant, Bud Hardiness

February 4, 2016 (PDF; 3068KB)

Main Topic: Bud Hardiness, Grape Market finds Bottom?

January 22, 2016 (PDF; 2343KB)

Main Topic: The Perfect Cold, Tax update

January 8, 2016 (PDF; 2615KB)

Main Topic: Tolls, Credits, bud hardiness

December 18, 2015 (PDF; 1989KB)

Main Topic: Cold acclimation, Financial Assessment, NEWA

December 3, 2015 (PDF; 2342KB)

Main Topic: Vineyard Operating Budget, Pruning Goals

November 20, 2015 (PDF; 1774KB)

October 22, 2015 (PDF; 2822KB)

Main Topic: Winter Ready, 2016 Grape Guidelines Suggestions

October 8, 2015 (PDF; 2382KB)

Main Topic: Shelling, Crop Insurance Meeting, NE Lab Update

September 24, 2015 (PDF; 2584KB)

Main Topic: Nutrient deficiency, MALB. SWD,Harvest Challenges

September 10, 2015 (PDF; 1075KB)

Main Topic: GBM Model, Crop Insurance, Sampling

September 3, 2015 (PDF; 1266KB)

Main Topic: GBM, Ripening, Crop Insurance, North East Update

August 27, 2015 (PDF; 1139KB)

Main Topic: GBM, Bonded Dealers, Veraison

August 21, 2015 (PDF; 1228KB)

Main Topic: Prices announced, GBM, Veraison, North East Update

August 14, 2015 (PDF; 1034KB)

Main Topic: GBM Andy Muza

August 6, 2015 (PDF; 1412KB)

July 30, 2015 (PDF; 1922KB)

Main Topic: Disease, GBM, Cover Crops

July 24, 2015 (PDF; 781KB)

Main Topic: North East PA Update

July 16, 2015 (PDF; 1854KB)

Main Topic: Flood damage, Disease and Pest Update

July 9, 2015 (PDF; 1201KB)

Main Topic: GBM Costs,Water logged roots, GBM Model, PA Update

June 25, 2015 (PDF; 1215KB)

Main Topic: Admire Pro, soils, IPM, NE Update

June 18, 2015 (PDF; 1606KB)

Main Topic: Varying degrees of Freeze damage, Need to Scout

June 11, 2015 (PDF; 2482KB)

Main Topic: Spray Cost, Grape Bloom and Fruit Set, IPM

June 4, 2015 (PDF; 2283KB)

Main Topic: Nitrogen, IPM, Bloom Prediction

May 28, 2015 (PDF; 2026KB)

May 21, 2015 (PDF; 1934KB)

Main Topic: Production Expense, Shoot Length Variation, IPM

May 14, 2015 (PDF; 2457KB)

Main Topic: Weed sprays, Multi Row Technology, Frost/Freeze

May 7, 2015 (PDF; 1715KB)

Main Topic: Survey, Bud progression, Bloom Date

April 30, 2015 (PDF; 2243KB)

Main Topic: 2015 Disease Update, Snow-line, Cash Forecast

April 16, 2015 (PDF; 2237KB)

Main Topic: Managing Winter damage, pests and weeds

April 2, 2015 (PDF; 1894KB)

Main Topic: eNEWA, Bud Assessment, Concord Supply

February 26, 2015 (PDF; 2031KB)

Main Topic: Bud Assessment

February 20, 2015 (PDF; 391KB)

Main Topic: Preliminary Damage Report

January 29, 2015 (PDF; 1369KB)

Main Topic: Managing cost, Low Temps, 2(ee) Grape Rootworm

January 29, 2015 (PDF; 1369KB)

Main Topic: Managing cost, Low Temps, 2(ee) Grape Rootworm

January 15, 2015 (PDF; 1832KB)

Main Topic: Prepurchasing supplies, Cold Snap, Reading Labels

December 18, 2014 (PDF; 2172KB)

Main Topic: Farm Bureau Meeting, DEC Credits, Pruning Options

November 21, 2014 (PDF; 3621KB)

Main Topic: Invasive Species, Cold Weather Effects

November 6, 2014 (PDF; 1240KB)

Main Topic: Bench Marking, Soil Health

October 23, 2014 (PDF; 891KB)

Main Topic: Soils testing and Harvest Home Stretch

October 16, 2014 (PDF; 822KB)

Main Topic: Luke's Brix and weather Updates

October 9, 2014 (PDF; 890KB)

Main Topic: The Numbers, Weather & Brix Data, Labor Laws,

October 2, 2014 (PDF; 867KB)

Main Topic: Brix Update

September 25, 2014 (PDF; 1332KB)

Main Topic: Concord Berry Curve, Pre-Harvest Numbers, Weather

September 18, 2014 (PDF; 2344KB)

Main Topic: Cooperatives, Brix Levels, GBM, Updates

September 11, 2014 (PDF; 1447KB)

Main Topic: Electronic Records Mgmnt, Update Brix and Sampling

September 4, 2014 (PDF; 1541KB)

Main Topic: Harvest Efficiency, Sampling, Late Season GBM,

August 28, 2014 (PDF; 1431KB)

Main Topic: Accelerated Depreciation, Veraison, PA News

August 21, 2014 (PDF; 1290KB)

Main Topic: Concord market, GBM on NEWA, Veraison, PA update

August 14, 2014 (PDF; 1597KB)

Main Topic: Sour Rot, Economics of GDM sprays, GBM on NEWA

August 7, 2014 (PDF; 1825KB)

Main Topic: Damage Survey, GBM, Value of Estimation & Samp

August 1, 2014 (PDF; 1666KB)

Main Topic: crown gall, GBM, weather data

July 24, 2014 (PDF; 2164KB)

Main Topic: GBM, Crop estimation, Planning Costs, Weather data

July 17, 2014 (PDF; 2132KB)

Main Topic: GBM, Berry Curve, Thinning

July 11, 2014 (PDF; 1432KB)

Main Topic: Grape Acre Values, Berry Set & Crop Estimation

July 3, 2014 (PDF; 1565KB)

Main Topic: Crown Gall, Grape Rootworm, Juice Demand

June 26, 2014 (PDF; 1499KB)

June 19, 2014 (PDF; 2186KB)

Main Topic: Grower Investments, Bloom, GBM

June 13, 2014 (PDF; 2030KB)

Main Topic: Bloom, Spray timing, Pests

June 5, 2014 (PDF; 1881KB)

Main Topic: TAP, Bloom, Pests

May 29, 2014 (PDF; 2066KB)

Main Topic: Urea cost, Counting Clusters, Orange Slime Time

May 21, 2014 (PDF; 2181KB)

Main Topic: Check writing tool, Prune Wine grapes, IPM basics

May 15, 2014 (PDF; 1976KB)

Main Topic: Bud Break, Early Season Investments & Disease

May 8, 2014 (PDF; 1007KB)

Main Topic: Seely Beetle, Cutworm, Vineyard Damage, Bud Break

May 1, 2014 (PDF; 1489KB)

Main Topic: Bud Break, LE GDD, Potash Pricing, IPM & Honey

April 24, 2014 (PDF; 1479KB)

Main Topic: TAP reimbursement, Cold Temp Recordings

April 10, 2014 (PDF; 1907KB)

Main Topic: Bud Assessment, IPM, Grape Market Strategy

March 28, 2014 (PDF; 4004KB)

Main Topic: Accelerated Depreciation, Bud Damage, CleansweepNY

March 13, 2014 (PDF; 1884KB)

Main Topic: Affordable Care Act, Bud Assessment, IPM

March 7, 2014 (PDF; 1563KB)

Main Topic: Bud Assessment, CDL Training, eNEWA

February 20, 2014 (PDF; 2146KB)

Main Topic: Concord Crop Surprises, Luke Haggerty in the News

February 6, 2014 (PDF; 2831KB)

Main Topic: Planting Costs, Winter Injury Assessment

January 23, 2014 (PDF; 2055KB)

Main Topic: Timing 2014 Input Costs, Winter Injury Assessment

January 9, 2014 (PDF; 2429KB)

Main Topic: Pruning Labor Market, NEWA, Deep Freeze

December 19, 2013 (PDF; 1347KB)

Main Topic: Tax Season Information, Winter Grower Conference

November 21, 2013 (PDF; 1836KB)

Main Topic: Expected Value of Crop Insurance, 2014 Membership

November 7, 2013 (PDF; 1396KB)

Main Topic: 2014 LERGP Membership Enrollment; GBM Post Harvest

October 24, 2013 (PDF; 810KB)

Main Topic: Harvest, IPM strategy next year, ACA, GBM

October 10, 2013 (PDF; 1191KB)

Main Topic: Nutrient deficiencies/foliar disorders; ACA webina

October 10, 2013 (PDF; 1191KB)

Main Topic: Nutrient deficiencies/foliar disorders; ACA webina

September 26, 2013 (PDF; 1414KB)

Main Topic: Scout now, nutrient deficiencies & foliar diso

September 12, 2013 (PDF; 963KB)

Main Topic: Grape Berry Moth, GDDs, Weather Data

September 5, 2013 (PDF; 1203KB)

Main Topic: Electronic Records Mngt, Downy Mildew, Weather Dat

August 29, 2013 (PDF; 828KB)

Main Topic: GBM, Downy Mildew, Licensing of Farm Products Deal

August 22, 2013 (PDF; 1002KB)

Main Topic: LE Growing Season & Concord Dev... so far, PM,

August 15, 2013 (PDF; 1208KB)

Main Topic: GBM, Downy Mildew, Revised Ins. Table, Phenology

August 8, 2013 (PDF; 934KB)

Main Topic: GBM, Crop est & thinning, Disease, Weather Dat

August 1, 2013 (PDF; 1042KB)

Main Topic: Grape Berry Moth, Black Rot, Table 2. Insecticides

July 25, 2013 (PDF; 793KB)

Main Topic: Weather Data and Upcoming Events

July 18, 2013 (PDF; 1095KB)

Main Topic: Cultural Practices, Summer Growers' Conf, Insects

July 11, 2013 (PDF; 844KB)

Main Topic: 7-11-2013 Electronic Crop Update

July 3, 2013 (PDF; 1195KB)

Main Topic: 7-3-2013 Electronic Crop Update

June 27, 2013 (PDF; 789KB)

Main Topic: Information about LERGP Summer Growers' Conference

June 20, 2013 (PDF; 751KB)

June 13, 2013 (PDF; 876KB)

June 6, 2013 (PDF; 957KB)

May 31, 2013 (PDF; 933KB)

May 23, 2013 (PDF; 1151KB)

May 16, 2013 (PDF; 815KB)

May 9, 2013 (PDF; 1004KB)

May 2, 2013 (PDF; 1043KB)

April 25, 2013 (PDF; 950KB)

April 18, 2013 (PDF; 1177KB)

April 11, 2013 (PDF; 2371KB)

April 4, 2013 (PDF; 1792KB)

March 14, 2013 (PDF; 755KB)

February 28, 2013 (PDF; 2360KB)

February 14, 2013 (PDF; 2540KB)

January 31, 2013 (PDF; 1228KB)

January 24, 2013 (PDF; 1330KB)

January 10, 2013 (PDF; 958KB)

December 20, 2012 (PDF; 1111KB)

December 6, 2012 (PDF; 1034KB)

November 29, 2012 (PDF; 911KB)

November 15, 2012 (PDF; 1845KB)

November 8, 2012 (PDF; 1285KB)

October 25, 2012 (PDF; 1000KB)

October 18, 2012 (PDF; 926KB)

October 4, 2012 (PDF; 896KB)

September 27, 2012 (PDF; 759KB)

September 20, 2012 (PDF; 902KB)

September 13, 2012 (PDF; 777KB)

September 13, 2012 (PDF; 779KB)

September 6, 2012 (PDF; 924KB)

September 6, 2012 (PDF; 923KB)

August 30, 2012 (PDF; 764KB)

August 23, 2012 (PDF; 819KB)

August 16, 2012 (PDF; 857KB)

August 9, 2012 (PDF; 973KB)

August 2, 2012 (PDF; 881KB)

July 26, 2012 (PDF; 823KB)

July 19, 2012 (PDF; 1756KB)

July 19, 2012 (PDF; 1709KB)

July 12, 2012 (PDF; 1720KB)

July 12, 2012 (PDF; 1672KB)

July 5, 2012 (PDF; 956KB)

June 28, 2012 (PDF; 1768KB)

June 20, 2012 (PDF; 1540KB)

June 20, 2012 (PDF; 1491KB)

June 14, 2012 (PDF; 910KB)

June 7, 2012 (PDF; 910KB)

May 31, 2012 (PDF; 790KB)

May 24, 2012 (PDF; 852KB)

May 17, 2012 (PDF; 810KB)

May 10, 2012 (PDF; 951KB)

May 3, 2012 (PDF; 931KB)

April 26, 2012 (PDF; 948KB)

April 19, 2012 (PDF; 1306KB)

April 12, 2012 (PDF; 2036KB)

April 5, 2012 (PDF; 1209KB)

March 29, 2012 (PDF; 1058KB)

March 22, 2012 (PDF; 1218KB)

March 15, 2012 (PDF; 1497KB)

March 8, 2012 (PDF; 956KB)

March 1, 2012 (PDF; 1263KB)

February 23, 2012 (PDF; 991KB)

February 16, 2012 (PDF; 1639KB)

February 9, 2012 (PDF; 1634KB)

February 2, 2012 (PDF; 2339KB)

January 19, 2012 (PDF; 1083KB)

January 11, 2012 (PDF; 1164KB)

Archived Vineyard Notes Newsletter

February 14, 2017 (PDF; 4911KB)

January 5, 2017 (PDF; 3641KB)

December 2, 2016 (PDF; 5264KB)

July 22, 2016 (PDF; 176KB)

July 20, 2016 (PDF; 6729KB)

June 13, 2016 (PDF; 9369KB)

May 24, 2016 (PDF; 22388KB)

May 17, 2016 (PDF; 5179KB)

April 11, 2016 (PDF; 4513KB)

February 17, 2016 (PDF; 3803KB)

November 18, 2015 (PDF; 3017KB)

August 7, 2015 (PDF; 3050KB)

July 2, 2015 (PDF; 2609KB)

June 5, 2015 (PDF; 3167KB)

May 11, 2015 (PDF; 4762KB)

March 27, 2015 (PDF; 3897KB)

February 11, 2015 (PDF; 5202KB)

December 17, 2014 (PDF; 5442KB)

September 12, 2014 (PDF; 4103KB)

July 24, 2014 (PDF; 5512KB)

June 26, 2014 (PDF; 4303KB)

May 13, 2014 (PDF; 2961KB)

February 18, 2014 (PDF; 4846KB)

December 16, 2013 (PDF; 6317KB)

August 16, 2013 (PDF; 2350KB)

July 12, 2013 (PDF; 3387KB)

June 20, 2013 (PDF; 7352KB)

May 23, 2013 (PDF; 4632KB)

May 21, 2013 (PDF; 4144KB)

September 1, 2012 (PDF; 6950KB)

July 1, 2012 (PDF; 5349KB)

June 1, 2012 (PDF; 4937KB)

May 15, 2012 (PDF; 3617KB)

May 1, 2012 (PDF; 5820KB)

January 1, 2012 (PDF; 1235KB)

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Upcoming Events

2018 LERGP Winter Grape Grower Conference

Event Offers DEC Credits

March 14, 2018
Fredonia, NY

We are in the planning stages of this event, but we have secured the facility and date! Put us on your calendar and come spend the day with us!
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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

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