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Grape - Winter Content

BUSINESS MANAGEMENT   •   CULTURAL PRACTICES   •   IPM   •   VINE NUTRITION AND SOILS


1-year Pre-plant · Assessment of Site Needs

Once a site has been selected, several important tasks must be completed to cover as many details as possible before vines actually go into the ground. This is one attempt to avoid any surprises after site preparation and vine planting and before any major resources are used.

Contact planting contractor

Laser planting? Auger and a tractor? Shovel and a strong back? Regardless of planting strategy, be prepared for the planting date. Whether you are hiring someone to plant, or you have volunteers to help, try to schedule a planting date one year ahead of time. You may find that one year is not enough time to schedule busy contractors for planting your vineyard, so be sure to contact them as soon as the varieties have been selected.

Assess deer and other animal pressure

If you are not prepared for deer and other animal pressure, surviving winter temperatures and spring frosts will amount to little, as deer can eat vines down to the ground. Deer fencing in high-pressure areas may be necessary, or there are various chemical deer deterrents that have not been tested in research trials. For other animal pressure, grow tubes might reduce feeding, but electric fences are often deployed around small acreages.

Determine and address irrigation and drainage needs

During site preparation (link to site preparation), irrigation or drainage needs should have been addressed. Remember, it is best to prepare the site as much as possible (irrigation, drainage, nutrient management, weed removal) prior to putting plants in the ground because each of these tasks becomes more difficult when maneuvering around vines and trellis hardware.

Resources

Wolf, T. et.al. 2008. Wine Grape Production Guide for Eastern North America. Cooperative Extension NRAES:145.


Content by:

Dr. Jodi Creasap Gee
Viticulture Extension Educator
Lake Erie Regional Grape Program


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Upcoming Events

2019 LERGP Winter Grape Grower Conference

Event Offers DEC Credits

March 13, 2019
8:00am-4:00pm
Fredonia, NY

Come spend the day with the LERGP team and fellow growers engaging in presentations, vendor trade show and conversation. Continental breakfast and a catered lunch are included in fee. Agenda will be available once complete. Giveaways and drawings for prizes!
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Vineyard Improvement Program Applications

Vineyard Improvement Program: An Application Guide
You can apply for the Vineyard Improvement Program (VIP) at https://lergp.com/vip-application/.
 LERGP.com also has more information about the program. Frequently asked questions, eligibility requirements, sample budgets and business plans are all available.


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: 
https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/11221
Tim Weigle, LERGP Team Leader 716-792-2802 thw4@cornell.edu


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