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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/








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Upcoming Events

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This course is to prepare you for the pesticide applicator exam scheduled for March 30, 2023, to be held at CLEREL.

Announcements

Westfield Maid Coop Takes FIRST Place

Westfield Maid Cooperative, one of the largest and oldest marketing grower cooperatives based in the Lake Erie grape growing region, won the top prize in the best new beverage category for its "Good n' Grapey" Concord grape juice pouches, aimed at supplying school cafeterias. Westfield Maid, the state's first New York State Grown & Certified juice processor, was part of the 2019 "Grape-to-School" pilot program that aimed to bring New York-grown Concord grape juice to select school districts across the state. Its pilot product used foil-topped plastic juice cups, which often required storage in schools' already limited freezer space. The new juice pouches are shelf-stable with colorful branding designed to encourage more kids to drink Concord grape juice.

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If you see a Spotted Lanternfly:
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3-Squish it
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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!

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