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Issue 31, November 2017


News from Cornell's Viticulture and Enology Program
November 27, 2017

Special Issue

As 2017 comes to a close, we are seeing the simultaneous retirement of three key faculty members involved in grape pest management research and extension at Cornell's New York State Agricultural Experiment Station.  Collectively, Tom Burr, Wayne Wilcox and Andrew Landers represent 91 years of expertise in research and extension at Cornell.  Each of them has written a Research Focus article outlining some of the key accomplishments of their programs.   They can all be proud of their accomplishments that have significantly benefitted the industry here in New York - and have had a global impact on the science of disease management in grapes and spray technology. 

-Tim Martinson and Chris Gerling, co-editors


A Retrospective Study on Application Technology in the Vineyards of New York (pdf)
Andrew Landers, who joined the faculty as Senior Extension Associate in 1999, reflects on innovations in spray technology during his 19-year research and extension effort at Cornell.


What We have Learned about Crown Gall (pdf)
Tom Burr joined the faculty at the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in 1977, where his research program focused on bacterial-plant interactions - including a major effort on biology and management of Crown Gall.  He served as Station Director from 2005 to 2015. 


Grape Disease Control: Taking Stock and Looking Forward (pdf)
Wayne Wilcox came to Cornell in 1984, specializing in diseases of tree fruits and berry crops.  In 1994, he assumed leadership of the grape pathology research and extension program at the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station


Five Questions for Patrick Gibney
Patrick Gibney joined the Department of Food Science in August 2017 as an assistant professor of wine microbiology, and as the E&J Gallo Sesquicentennial Faculty Fellow.


Finger Lakes Community College Graduates Continue their Education at Cornell
Since 2014, Cornell University and Finger Lakes Community College's transfer articulation agreement has provided opportunity for students who want to continue their education at Cornell.

Efficient VineyardGRAPES 101

How Defoliation, Defruiting, and Extreme Shoot Reduction Affected Clusters, Fruit Composition, and Bud Hardiness
Extreme changes in leaf area, shoot number, and crop level applied to Riesling vines changed yield components and bud freezing temperatures.


Efficient VineyardThe Efficient Vineyard is a collaboration among researchers, extension officers, and grape growers using spatial sensing technology to measure commercial vineyards at a higher resolution.


B.E.V. NY 2018 Marks the Fifth Year of Cornell’s Masterclass for the New York Wine Industry
B.E.V. NY [Business. Enology. Viticulture.], Cornell Extension’s annual symposium for the grape and wine industry, will be held February 28-March 2 at the R.I.T. Conference Center in Henrietta, NY.

Lake Erie Regional Grape Program Hosts Grower Conference March 14.
Fredonia, NY.  The annual LERGP Growers Conference on March 14 will feature based information developed by Cornell University and Penn State faculty and extension staff as well as other speakers from across the country. More information at:


Census of Agriculture


VitisGen Project Video: Responses of Grapevines to Low Temperatures.
USDA Grape Geneticist Jason Londo, based at the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station, describes processes that grapevines use to acclimate to cold temperatures and deacclimate in the spring.