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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

Tailgate Meeting

Event Offers DEC Credits

April 30, 2019
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Geneva, NY

Our first tailgate meeting of 2019 will take place at Three Brothers Wineries and Estates on Seneca Lake.
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2019 Finger Lakes Spring Grape IPM Meeting

Event Offers DEC Credits

May 15, 2019
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Hammondsport, NY

Come hear updates on weed and disease management, spotted lanternfly, managing fruit fly populations for sour rot, and more. Be sure to stay and enjoy dinner and social time with your fellow growers afterwards.

This year's meeting will be held at the Doyle Vineyard Management farm in Hammondsport, NY on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 from 4:30 - 6:00 PM. Dinner will be provided, so registration is required. There is no charge for 2019 FLGP enrollees.
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Announcements

Katie Gold Named New Grape Pathologist

Katie Gold has been named as the new assistant professor of Grape Disease Ecology and Epidemiology at Cornell AgriTech in Geneva. Katie is currently completing her Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin - Madison. Upon completion of her Ph.D., she will conduct postdoctoral research at the NASA Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL) in California from August 2019 through January 2020. While at JPL, Katie will gain experience with the latest hardware and software for remote imaging with future application to digital agriculture and grape production. She will begin her tenure-track assistant professor position on February 1, 2020 with responsibilities that are 60% research and 40% extension.

Her research and extension seminars were on the topics of "Hyperspectral systems for pre-symptomatic potato disease detection" and "Agricultural sensors in Grape IPM", highlighting some of the tools and approaches that she will bring to the position. Katie is already setting up collaborations for her grape work in New York and plans to attend the American Society for Enology and Viticulture - Eastern Section Meeting in Geneva this July.


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