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Event Details


May 24, 2019


12:00 PM


Stever Hill Vineyards
3962 Stever Hill Road
Branchport, NY


Finger Lakes Grape Program

Variable Rate Shoot Thinning Demonstration

May 24, 2019

Variable Rate Shoot Thinning Demonstration
The Efficient Vineyard project, led by Terry Bates from the Cornell Lake Erie Research and Extension Lab in Portland NY, has been focused on improving the overall efficiency of grape production through the use of sensors and digital technologies to help growers manage their vineyards based on the inherent variation in the vineyard, rather than managing it as one uniform block. One of the ways that this technology is being translated into practice is the use of NDVI sensors to map the early shoot growth in a vineyard, and then using that sensor data to guide a mechanical shoot thinning machine to remove shoots at different rates depending on the density of the early canopy.

Terry Bates will be in Branchport NY this Friday, May 24, to demonstrate this variable rate shoot thinning system based on NDVI sensor data. This work is being done in preparation for the Shaulis Symposium Field Tour this summer, which will feature several new and emerging vineyard technologies (yield monitor, anyone?) during the tour. Visit for more information about the Shaulis Symposium and the ASEV-ES annual meeting in Geneva this summer.

There is no cost to attend this meeting, or to register ahead of time. Just come and see where vineyard management is heading.

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CCE Ontario County Pesticide Training and Re-certification Series

Event Offers DEC Credits

February 5 - February 26, 2020
7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Canandaigua, NY

For more information on this event please contact Russ Welser at the Ontario County CCE office @ 585-394-3977 x 427 or 436 
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B.E.V. NY 2020

Registration is now open for B.E.V. NY 2020! 

B.E.V. NY 2020 
February 26-28, 2020
RIT Inn and Convention Center 
5257 West Henrietta Road
Rochester, NY 14467

Register here for B.E.V. NY 2020 

Slow Moving Vehicle Workshop

February 13th 7-9pm 
Benton Fire Hall 
932 State Route 14A 
Penn Yan, NY 14527

Join us for a workshop for the Do's and Don'ts that involve slow moving vehicles including farm equipment, construction equipment, and horse drawn buggies. 

Free and open to the public with light refreshments offered.  

For more information contact:
Henry Martin: 315-536-4736