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2-years Pre-plant · Review Soil Maps

Like gardening in your backyard, soil composition and structure are important in wine grape production. Luckily, soil maps are easy to access, whether through the USDA Web Soil Survey, or books from your local extension office. (See following 3 images below).

Soil Survey Cover

figure 1: soil survey

Gravelly, well-drained soil is ideal in grape production, because grapevine roots do not want to be submerged in water. On the flip side, too-well-drained soil can create an issue with nutrition, as in, the soil organic matter might be too low to sustain wine grape production.

Soil Map of the Lake Erie Research and Extension Laboratory

figure 2: A soil map of the Cornell Lake Erie Research and Extension Laboratory (CLEREL) in Portland, NY from the Soil Survey of Chautauqua County, New York compiled by the USDA and the Soil Conservation Service

CLEREL Soil Type

figure 3: A close-up of the CLEREL site shows the different soil types.
The soil is mostly well-drained Chenengo (CnA/CnB).

CLEREL Soil Map

A CLEREL soil map from the USDA Web Soil Survey site

Soil maps can also provide and excellent base for your vineyard maps. If there are two different soil types at your site, consider planting one block of vines to each soil type, IF this is also practical. Nutrient management will be much easier once you are aware of possible drainage or nutrient differences. Finally, when you submit soil samples, you will need to enter the soil type on the form for the soil tests and for more appropriate recommendations.


Content by:

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


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Upcoming Events

2019 Growing Season Coffee Pot Meetings

Event Offers DEC Credits

May 1 - July 31, 2019
10:00am


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Coffee Pot Meeting

Event Offers DEC Credits

June 19, 2019
10:00am
Fredonia, NY

Come join fellow growers and the LERGP staff in casual conversations over timely vineyard topics.  Bring questions to the table and enjoy a cup of coffee and donut while you are there.
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NO COFFEE POT MEETING

June 26, 2019
10:00am


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Announcements

Loaner Sensor Program

The loaner sensor program is an outreach program designed to introduce interested growers to the technology developed by the Efficient Vineyard researchers. It involves a technician from the Lake Erie Regional Grape Program coming out to the farm to install or attach scanners and computers to existing equipment. The subsequent data collection is then completed during normal activity such as pesticide spraying. Once the data is collected it can be sent back to researchers to generate a prescription map. The DualEM soil sensor requires a technician to operate so if you would like to have a soil scan done of your vineyard, please contact the Portland, NY Cornell Extension office and make an appointment.

https://efficientvineyard.com/loaner-sensor-program

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