News from Cornell's Viticulture and Enology Program
Issue 16 December 2013
RESEARCH AND EXTENSION FOCUS
Mechanical Crop Thinning Pays Off for Concord Growers
Facing heavily overcropped vineyards, Concord growers applied mechanical thinning to 40% of of Eastern juice grape acres, for an economic benefit estimated at $9 to $11 million. Thinning technology is an outgrowth of 15 years of field trials and industry outreach in Western NY.
5 Questions for Wayne Wilcox
Since 1994, Wayne Wilcox has led Cornell's grape pathology research and extension effort, combining cultural and chemical methods into effective and economical disease management recommendations for growers.
Amanda Sims MPS '13: From Philosophy to Wine Industry
The Master of Professional Studies is a flexible, one-year degree program that prepares students—from recent grads to career changers—to pursue careers in enology and viticulture. For recent grad Amanda Sims it was a bridge between a philosophy degree, cellar work and finding her place in the wine industry.
Vine Balance and the Role of Vineyard Design
Vine spacing is an important design consideration for new vineyards - and can profoundly affect management for the life of the vineyard. Jim Wolpert, UC Davis, outlines how vine spacing and shoot number affect vine growth.
IN THE NEWS
- 'Scary Dancers' chase birds away from fruit
Those large, inflatable plastic characters that loom over used car lots have a new purpose: scaring away birds that cause hundreds of millions of dollars in damage to U.S. orchards and vineyards.
- New micro water sensor can aid growers
Cornell Chronicle article features Cornell researchers Alan Lakso, Abraham Strook, and graduate student Vinay Pagay's development of a microsensor that measures water potential over a range 100-fold greater than conventional soil tensiometers.
- Update on Red Blotch Disease in Grapevines: Cornell professor details the virus for Napa wine grape growers
According to Wines and Vines writer Paul Franson, "There was standing room only as growers and winemakers skipped the wine reception at the Nov. 13 Napa Wine + Grape expo to hear the latest intelligence on red blotch virus from Dr. Marc Fuchs of the Department of Plant Pathology at Cornell University in Geneva, NY."
- Finger Lakes wine industry rises nationally
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle article cites 2013 as 'the year the Finger Lakes region's wine industry finally arrived'.
- Out of the Bottle: Wine Flavor and Out of the Bottle: Tricks of the Trade
Science Friday, an NPR call-in program, has a new web-based video series on wine science. Gavin Sacks, associate professor of enology in the department of food science at Cornell is featured in the first two videos.
- Red blotch: Challenges and Opportunities
This is a recording of an invited presentation on the red blotch virus at the University of California - Davis by Marc Fuchs, associate professor in the department of plant pathology and plant microbe biology, at the University of California-Davis last November.