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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 10, 2018 (PDF; 6023KB)

Main Topic: Bud Break, Spotted Lantern Fly, Bulk Grape Profit

May 3, 2018 (PDF; 4972KB)

Main Topic: Justifying costs, GDD update, IPM, NE Update

April 19, 2018 (PDF; 4650KB)

Main Topic: Labor Supply, GDD, eNEWA

April 5, 2018 (PDF; 4291KB)

Main Topic: out of Dormancy? NEW NEWA, Labor Supply

March 22, 2018 (PDF; 3891KB)

Main Topic: Economics of pH, Soil pH low? Now what?

March 8, 2018 (PDF; 6590KB)

Main Topic: Labor, Spotted Lantern Fly, Soil Ph, Conference

February 22, 2018 (PDF; 5336KB)

Main Topic: Credits, Welch's juice is where?

February 8, 2018 (PDF; 4135KB)

Main Topic: Ag Assessment, Soil Health survey

January 29, 2018 (PDF; 211KB)

Main Topic: CORRECTION to 01/25/2018

January 25, 2018 (PDF; 4240KB)

Main Topic: Input costs, new varieties, NEWA survey, SWD

January 18, 2018 (PDF; 5326KB)

Main Topic: Weather and hardiness, Payroll, SWD seminar

January 12, 2018 (PDF; 3239KB)

Main Topic: Tax Reform, New Vit Ext Specialist

November 17, 2017 (PDF; 5447KB)

Main Topic: Labor Market, Powdery Mildew

November 2, 2017 (PDF; 5890KB)

Main Topic: Spotted Lanternfly, Harvest is a Wrap

October 19, 2017 (PDF; 4314KB)

Main Topic: New Soil pH, GIS & GBM, WPS visits, NE Update

September 28, 2017 (PDF; 3921KB)

Main Topic: Fertilizer, Vit. Ext Specialist, North East Update

September 14, 2017 (PDF; 7246KB)

Main Topic: PA Updates

September 7, 2017 (PDF; 5510KB)

Main Topic: GBM, Weather damage, Late season DM, PA update

August 24, 2017 (PDF; 5009KB)

Main Topic: Family Leave, Open House, Pest & Disease Updat

August 18, 2017 (PDF; 524KB)

Main Topic: Concord Bloom 70 Days Post Bloom

August 17, 2017 (PDF; 4762KB)

Main Topic: Cash flow, GBM, North East PA Updates

August 4, 2017 (PDF; 7138KB)

Main Topic: Summer Conference, Brix testing, Pest, Disease

July 27, 2017 (PDF; 15176KB)

Main Topic: Cover Crop Planting, Pest, Disease, weather Update

July 20, 2017 (PDF; 8207KB)

Main Topic: Economics of thinning, GBM, GRW, PA Update

July 13, 2017 (PDF; 11720KB)

Main Topic: ROI, IPM, PA Update

July 7, 2017 (PDF; 12411KB)

Main Topic: Crop Insurance, Pest, Weather, Weather update

June 29, 2017 (PDF; 11993KB)

Main Topic: fertilizer cost, GBM, Grape Rootworm, NE update

June 22, 2017 (PDF; 12947KB)

Main Topic: GBM, Grape Rootworm, Downy Mildew, Weather Update

June 15, 2017 (PDF; 7289KB)

Main Topic: GBM, Black Rot, Powdery Mildew, Weather

June 8, 2017 (PDF; 6559KB)

Main Topic: Disease and Pest

June 1, 2017 (PDF; 7932KB)

Main Topic: Paid FamilyLeave, Eutypa, Bloom, WPS, PA Updates

May 25, 2017 (PDF; 5160KB)

Main Topic: Farm decisions, disease mgmt. Weather update

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

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; 4362KB)

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

November 10, 2016 (PDF; 0KB)

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; 3594KB)

Main Topic: Enhancement Grant, Bud Hardiness

February 18, 2016 (PDF; 3567KB)

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; 1491KB)

June 20, 2012 (PDF; 1540KB)

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

May 14, 2018 (PDF; 4369KB)

April 17, 2018 (PDF; 5334KB)

February 7, 2018 (PDF; 5657KB)

November 7, 2017 (PDF; 8999KB)

September 11, 2017 (PDF; 9468KB)

July 12, 2017 (PDF; 17229KB)

June 20, 2017 (PDF; 9128KB)

June 12, 2017 (PDF; 9594KB)

June 5, 2017 (PDF; 5363KB)

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)

calendar of events

Upcoming Events

Northern Grapes Webinar

December 11, 2018

Grapevine trunk diseases: The fungi that cause them, how they develop and spread, and how they are managed.
December 11, 2018, 1:00 PM Eastern Standard Time (12:00 Noon Central Time)

Dr. Jose Urbez-Torres
Research Scientist, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Summerland Research and Development Center, British Columbia, Canada

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Spotted Lantern Fly found in New York State

State Agencies Encourage Public to Report Findings of Invasive Pest. The New York State Departments of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and Agriculture and Markets (DAM) today confirmed that spotted lanternfly (SLF), an invasive pest from Asia, has been found in Albany and Yates counties. A single adult insect was discovered in a vehicle in the Capital District. In addition, a single adult insect was reported on a private Keuka Lake property in Penn Yan, Yates County. "DEC and our partners at the Department of Agriculture and Markets are closely tracking the spotted lanternfly, a destructive invasive pest, as part of our ongoing efforts to prevent its establishment and spread in New York. This pest has the potential to severely impact our state's agricultural and tourism industries," DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos said. "We are encouraging the public to send us information to bolster our efforts they are our eyes on the ground." Following both reported cases, DEC and DAM immediately began extensive surveys throughout the area. At this time, no additional insects have been found. DEC and DAM urge New Yorkers to report potential sightings to State Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball said, "It's critical that we monitor for and control this invasive species, which can weaken plants and have a devastating impact on our farm crops and agricultural production, especially apples, grapes and hops. Since our farmers are among those facing the greatest potential impact, we ask them to join us in helping to watch for the spotted lanternfly, and signs of infestation, and report any sightings immediately. "SLF (photo attached) is a destructive pest that feeds on more than 70 plant species including tree-of-heaven (Ailanthus altissima), maples, apple trees, grapevine, and hops. SLF feedings can stress plants, making them vulnerable to disease and attacks from other insects. SLF also excretes large amounts of sticky "honeydew," which attracts sooty molds that interfere with plant photosynthesis, negatively affecting the growth and fruit yield of plants. SLF also has the potential to significantly hinder quality of life due to the honeydew and the swarms of insects it attracts. SLF was first discovered in Pennsylvania in 2014 and have since been found in New Jersey, Delaware and Virginia. Given the proximity to the Pennsylvania and New Jersey infestations, New York State is at high risk for infestation. While these insects can jump and fly short distances, they spread primarily through human activity. SLF lay their eggs on any number of surfaces such as vehicles, stone, rusty metal, outdoor furniture and firewood. Therefore, the insects can hitch rides on any outdoor item and be easily transported into and throughout New York. Jennifer Grant, Ph.D., Cornell University Director New York State IPM Program said, "Knowing that this pest was likely to arrive, we have been working with our State partner agencies to develop integrated strategies to get the word out and manage SLF in bgrapes, hops, apples and other susceptible crops. It's imperative that the public help slow the invasion and spread by reporting possible sightings and acting responsibly when traveling in quarantine areas. "Adult SLF are active from July to December. They are approximately one-inch long and half an inch wide at rest, with eye-catching wings. Adults begin laying eggs in October. Signs of an SLF infestation may include: Sap oozing or weeping from open wounds on tree trunks, which appear wet and give off fermented odors. One-inch-long egg masses that are brownish-gray, waxy and mud-like when new. Old egg masses are brown and scaly. Massive honeydew build-up under plants, sometimes with black sooty mold developing. Anyone that suspects they have found SLF is encouraged to send a photo to Please note the location of where the insect was found, egg masses, and/or infestation signs. DEC and DAM also encourage the public to inspect outdoor items such as vehicles, furniture, and firewood for egg masses. Anyone that visits the Pennsylvania or New Jersey Quarantine Areas should thoroughly inspect their vehicle, luggage and gear for SLF and egg masses before leaving and scrape off all egg masses.A Smartphone application is also available to help citizens and conservation professionals quickly and easily report new invasive species sightings directly to New York's invasive species database from their phones. For more information, visit (leaves DEC website). DEC, DAM, New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and the US Department of Agriculture will continue to survey throughout the Capital District and the Finger Lakes focusing on travel corridors and high-risk areas. Extensive surveys will continue to be conducted in high-risk areas throughout the state as well as inspections of nursery stock, stone shipments, commercial transports, etc., from Pennsylvania. DEC and DAM will also continue its efforts to educate the public as well as industry personnel.  For more information on SLF, visit Connect with DEC on: Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, and Instagram

Come Join Our Team!

Lake Erie Regional Grape Program Viticulture Extension Specialist Position Open-
The Lake Erie Regional Grape Program is an Extension team made up of collaborative efforts between Cornell and Penn State Universities and 5 county Extension offices. It is housed in Chautauqua County, NY in the middle of the Lake Erie Grape Belt, which runs from Niagara County, NY to Erie County, PA and consists of over 31,000 acres of grapes. This program partners with industry (Welch, National Grape, Constellation Brands, Walker's Wine Juice) to help to maintain and improve the vineyard operations in this region. The program is housed in a  state of the art facility built in 2009. We work collaboratively with the Cornell Research team that currently is working on a 2.8 million dollar SCRI grant focusing on mechanized vineyard management and digital data collection, "Efficient Vineyard".  

 Areas of Work Interest: 
Grower Education through traditional and innovative means
Cover Crops 
Vineyard Mechanization
Bud Hardiness
Vine Health

For more information or to apply, please use this link:
Tim Weigle, LERGP Team Leader 716-792-2802

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