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Cultural Practices

Cultural Practices

In the world of grapes, the term 'cultural practices' can sometimes be used as a catch-all phrase, but generally it refers to topics that relate to growing the crop itself. This includes issues like choosing varieties and rootstocks, trellis and training systems to support the vines, managing the vines' canopies and cropload to meet production and fruit quality goals, winter pruning and more. You'll probably notice quickly that topics like these are also related to and influenced by information about pest management, vineyard nutrition and business management. 







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Tailgate Meeting

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May 9, 2017
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Interlaken, NY

Most Recent Cultural Practices Spring Content

Factors That Affect Fruit Set

Hans Walter-Peterson, Team Leader, Viticulture Extension Specialist
Finger Lakes Grape Program

Last Modified: June 15, 2016
Factors That Affect Fruit Set

One of the components that influences yields in grapevines is the number of berries that set and mature on each cluster, or "fruit set". Each flower cluster contains many individual flowers, each of which has the potential to become a grape. However, not every flower will successfully pollinate or develop a healthy embryo and the surrounding tissue that becomes the fruit that we want.

This article covers some of the factors that influence fruit set in grapes and summarizes practices that growers could use to influence set. It was originally published in the June 2013 issue of the Finger Lakes Vineyard Notes.

Dr. Kees van Leeuwen, University of Bordeaux

Hans Walter-Peterson, Team Leader, Viticulture Extension Specialist
Finger Lakes Grape Program

Last Modified: December 10, 2014
Dr. Kees van Leeuwen, University of Bordeaux

Dr. Kees van Leeuwen is a professor of viticulture at the University of Bordeaux. His work focuses on the effects of environment on terroir. He is also the viticulture consultant for Chateau Cheval Blanc in St. Emilion, one of the premier producers in Bordeaux, which uses a high percentage of Cabernet Franc in its wines.

Dr. van Leeuwen visited the Finger Lakes in late October, 2014 and presented a seminar to the region's industry about the role of Cabernet Franc in Bordeaux production, and some of the results of research that he and others have done on the variety over the past several years. Dr. van Leeuwin was kind enough to give his permission for us to share the slides from his presentation to the industry.

Slides from Presentation by Dr. Benjamin Bois, University of Burgundy

Last Modified: September 17, 2014

Dr. Benjamin Bois, an associate professor in viticulture and climatology from the University of Burgundy, speak to Finger Lakes growers and winemakers about Pinot noir production in Burgundy and how it is influenced by climatic and site conditions.





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Upcoming Events

Tailgate Meeting

Event Offers DEC Credits

May 9, 2017
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Interlaken, NY

Our second tailgate meeting of 2017 will take place on May 9 at Airy Acres Vineyards in Interlaken.
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Respirator Fit Test and Training

May 11, 2017
8:30 AM - 4 PM by appointment
Penn Yan, NY

The Finger Lakes Grape Program will be hosting a team from Thompson Health for respirator fit testing and training. Growers may sign up for a 20 minute appointment. Thompson Health's standard fees for the service will apply.

For more information, contact the Finger Lakes Grape Program office at (315) 536-5134.

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Finger Lakes Spring Grape IPM Meeting

Event Offers DEC Credits

May 23, 2017
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Prattsburgh, NY

The Finger Lakes Spring Grape IPM Meeting is back this year! Come hear updates on disease and insect management, proper sprayer operation, the role of weather stations in pest management and more, and then enjoy dinner and social time with fellow growers.

This year's meeting will be held at Vine Country Farms in Pulteney NY on May 23, 2017 from 4:30 - 6:00 PM. Dinner will be provided, so registration is required. There is no charge for 2017 FLGP enrollees.



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Announcements

Changes to Agricultural Worker Protection Standard

Changes made by the Environmental Protection Agency to the Agricultural Worker Protection Standard went into effect on January 2, 2017 and are directly relevant to many farms and workers in the grape industry.

More information can be found here.


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