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GPS Technology in Local Vineyards

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

July 19, 2017
GPS Technology in Local Vineyards

Portland, NEW YORK (7/20/17) --

Kevin Martin, from the Lake Erie Regional Grape Program (Penn State University), is currently creating baseline economic data to provide regional grape growers with commercialization strategies for spatial vineyard management. Baseline economic data will be used to measure the economic benefits of next generation vineyard technology. The local application of this technology focuses on the sustainability of the bulk juice industry. The industry stands to benefit from increasing average vineyard health while minimizing management inputs. Variable vineyard management offers the potential to increase yields or reduce vineyard input costs.
Spatial vineyard management requires the use of tractor mounted sensors logging sensor data and GPS location. Once data is reviewed, informed management decisions can be applied at a variable rate to the vineyard block. Variable rate management may involve targeted use of hand-labor or traditional vineyard maintenance equipment. Variable rate vineyard management may also involve modifying equipment and adding technology to allow the machine to manage vineyards differentially based on sensor data.
The adoption of technology may require substantial investment on the part of the grower. To maximize the benefits of technology, LERGP is working with grape growers to familiarize them with sensors and data management. "This work goes beyond mapping underperforming areas," Martin states, "commercialization of technology is going to require increasing average yields in those areas to justify the investment in sensor and GPS technology. By surveying local growers and variability in their vineyard, we will begin to understand the potential economic impact sensor technology can have on our grape industry."
Efficient Vineyard is a global effort to improve the performance of vineyards, particularly those geared toward bulk production. The project is funded by USDA Specialty Crops Research Initiative. More information on the research and extension team, sensors and the project can be found at efficientvineyard.com

The Lake Erie Regional Grape Program is a cooperative effort between Cornell and Penn State Universities; the participating Cornell Cooperative Extension Associations of Chautauqua, Erie, Niagara and Cattaraugus Counties in New York and Erie County in Pennsylvania; and participating industry partners National Grape Cooperative (Welch's), Constellation Brands and Walkers Fruit Basket. The LERGP extension team provides research-based educational programming for commercial grape growers throughout the year at venues across the Lake Erie grape belt. For more information on LERGP, call 716-792-2800 or visit our website at http://lergp.cce.cornell.edu/








Profit maps (pdf; 459KB)
  • Variable rate vineyard mapping and profit map



Upcoming Events

LERGP Coffee Pot Meeting #5

Event Offers DEC Credits

May 25, 2022
Silver Creek, NY

Come join us for discussion on pertinent and timely vineyard topics and issues.  Enjoy good company, coffee and donuts!

LERGP Coffee Pot Meeting #6

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June 1, 2022
Ripley, NY

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June 8, 2022

Please come join the LERGP team for discussion on your vineyards.  NY and PA pesticide credits have been applied for.

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Variable rate fruit thinning video on MyEV

https://www.efficientvineyard.com/blog/variable-rate-fruit-thinning-for-concord-crop-load-balance

Assess Your Freeze Damage

Assess Your Freeze Damage with a MyEV data Collector- By Terry Bates

Freeze damage across eastern U.S. vineyards was highly variable this week depending on the stage of bud development, air temperatures, and vineyard location. Assessing bud damage over the next two weeks will help growers determine the size and variation in crop potential, adjust management practices, and record damage for crop insurance. In this video, Terry Bates shows you how to set up and use a MyEV data collector and a smartphone to collect and map freeze damage observations in your vineyard.


Recorded Coffee Pot Meetings

You may not be able to obtain Pesticide License Recertification points but you can gain plenty of valuable information by watching the coffee pot meetings if you missed them! We have had some special guest speakers sharing valuable information with us!

Click the link below for access to all of the recorded LERGP Coffee Pot Meetings!

Recorded LERGP Coffee Pot Meetings

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It's not too late! If you haven't picked up your free NYS Clean hand sanitizer and washable Hanes masks, you still can. All farms in New York are eligible to request supplies. Click on this link to make the request. We will set up a time for you to come pick up the supplies at CLEREL in Portland.

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The loaner sensor program will not be available this growing season in light of the COVID -19 protocols.  We offer our sincere apologies




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