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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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August 29, 2017
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Lodi, NY

Most Recent Vine Nutrition and Soils Summer Content

Nitrogen uptake, partitioning and utilization of Concord grapevines

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

Last Modified: April 11, 2017

Final Report to the NY Wine & Grape Foundation and Viticulture Consortium-East on research conducted by Dr. Lailiang Cheng and Dr. Terry Bates on the seasonal uptake and distribution patterns of nitrogen in Concord grapevines. This work provided a more thorough understanding on the dynamics of nitrogen use by grapevines, especially about the timing and importance of different sources of N for grapevine growth and development. This research has led to updated recommendations on the timing of application of N fertilizers and on the amount that is needed by most vineyards. This has led to a reduction of the amount of supplemental nitrogen fertilizer applied in many vineyards in New York, which has had a positive impact on grower profitability and environmental sustainability.

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.





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Enocert 202: Tasting Room Sales Strategies

August 18, 2017
8:30am-4:30pm
Geneva, NY


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Finger Lakes Grape Program Field Meeting

August 24, 2017
4:30pm-6:00pm
Penn Yan, NY

Over the past several years, we have had a few different talks by members of the Lake Erie Regional Grape Program at our B.E.V. NY conference about their work using NDVI images and other technology to understand vineyard variability, and then using that information to improve management practices, including the incorporation of various mechanization tools.
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Tailgate Meeting

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August 29, 2017
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Lodi, NY

Our ninth and final tailgate meeting of 2017 will take place on August 29 at Lamoreaux Landing/Wagner Farms in Lodi, NY .
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