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Issue 28, March 2017

​​Appellation Cornell 28

News from Cornell's Viticulture and Enology Program
March 17, 2017


Adopting Under-Vine Cover Crops in Vinifera Vineyards 
Research in the Finger Lakes by Justine Vanden Heuvel, associate professor of enology and viticulture, indicates that planting under-vine cover crops are an effective alternative to bare soils for controlling excessive vigor, while also promoting healthy soils and reducing erosion and nitrogen leaching. 


Five Questions for Tom Burr
Tom Burr, professor of plant pathology, will retire in 2017 after a four-decade career with Cornell University.  Learn more about his research contributions to bacterial pathogens, as well as thoughts on managing diseases like Crown Gall in the future.


Our Roots Grow Deep: Alumni in Extension
Viticulture and Enology alumni Lindsay Jordan, MS '14, and Justin Scheiner, PhD '10, apply their research backgrounds as graduate students to assist grape growers and industry members as extension professionals across the United States.  

Grapes 101GRAPES 101

Will Effects of the 2016 Drought Carry Over into 2017?
After a severe drought in 2016, many area growers are now wondering how this might impact the 2017 growing season.  Although this is a difficult question to answer, this article poses a few scenarios for vineyard managers to consider.


Lake Erie Growers Work with Researchers to Develop Technology
At the Lake Erie Regional Grape Program in western New York, staff scientists, extension professionals, and local grape growers work together to develop practical technologies aimed at improving daily vineyard operations.

AWARDSJustine Vanden Heuvel

Justine Vanden Heuvel, receives the NY Wine & Grape Foundation "Research Award" for her contributions to the NY grape and wine industry. From NYWGF: "Justine is engaged in both research and teaching, [and focuses] on optimizing flavors and aromas in wine grapes, while also improving both the environmental and economic sustainability of wine grape production in cool climates."



The Lake Erie Regional Grape Program (LERGP) recently announced a weekly podcast series to help growers understand the latest environmental and economic tools for vineyard management.   In the first podcast below, Terry Bates and Luke Haggerty discuss the LERGP's mission and provide a general overview of their work with the local grape industry.