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Vine Nutrition & Soils

Vine Nutrition & SoilsThe soils in a vineyard provide two of the critical needs of all plants - water and mineral nutrients. Without proper soil management, grapevines are unable to adequately supply themselves with these critical elements for growth and development, which can compromise the quality of the fruit and the long-term sustainability of the vineyard. By understanding what the soil is capable of providing, and the vines' ability to tap into those resources, growers can make decisions about the need to supply nutrients and water to the vines.







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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.





Upcoming Events

EnoCert 202: Tasting Room Sales Strategies

January 25, 2021
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Most consumers' first contact with the New York wine industry is in a tasting room, so understanding their interests, motivations, and educational needs is key to promoting the industry as a whole and increasing individual sales. In this course, participants will learn how to engage guests to create a fun and profitable tasting room experience.

More information can be found at https://cals.cornell.edu/enocert-202-certification-course-tasting-room-sales-strategies

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EnoCert 101: Intro to Viticulture & Enology

January 26 - January 27, 2021
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

This course will cover the basics of grape growing from the ground up. Through live interactive lectures, participants will understand how vineyard site, climate, and trellising systems impact grape production and quality. Participants will also expand their understanding of production steps for specific wine types. Upon completing this course, attendees will learn how different wine types (white, red, ros?, sparkling) are produced, and the key decisions that need to be made to influence wine style.

More information at https://cals.cornell.edu/enocert-101-certification-course-basic-viticulture-enology

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2021 Pesticide Training and Recertification Series

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February 2 - February 23, 2021
7:00pm-9:30pm, Exam 6:00pm-10:00pm
Canandaigua, NY


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B.E.V. NY 2021 Sponsorships

Because B.E.V. NY will be held as a virtual conference with no trade show in 2021, we are providing a greater number of sponsorship opportunities for those companies and organizations that would like to be a part of this year's event. Please click here for a summary of the different sponsorship and advertising levels we are offering this year.

If you have questions or would like to discuss other options, please contact Hans Walter-Peterson at hcw5@cornell.edu.




Spotted Lanternfly Found in Ithaca, NY

A population of spotted lanternfly (SLF) has been found in Ithaca, New York, just off the Cornell University campus.

They were found on their favorite host plant, another invasive species, tree of heaven (Ailanthus altissima). However, SLF also feeds on many other trees and plants, which, unfortunately, includes grapevines. With New York State's important Finger Lakes grape-growing region and wine industries so close to Ithaca, state agencies and pest-control experts are particularly concerned about this pest's impact in the region.


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