News from Cornell's Viticulture and Enology Program, May 2020
Associate professor Miguel Gomez and his graduate student Trent Davis have updated costs and returns for vinifera vineyard establishment for the first time since the last bulletin appeared in 2013. Production costs have increased faster than grape prices have increased.
Since Dr. Gerald White published the first version in 1997, six additional "Cost of Establishment" bulletins have tracked the economics of planting and growing vinifera grapes. This article reviews how costs and returns have changed over the past twenty-three years.
Lynn Sosnoskie is the new Assistant Professor of Weed Ecology and Management for Specialty Crops at Cornell Agritech, where she studies weeds in everything from cabbage to grapes.
Cornell's Viticulture and Enology program is working to maintain connection between students and faculty and bring new students to the program in the fall.
Cornell microbiologist Patrick Gibney summarizes what causes stuck fermentations, and how to diagnose and prevent them.
RESEARCH IN PLAIN ENGLISH
A New, Satellite NDVI-Based Sampling Protocol for Grape Maturation Monitoring
Cornell Extension Educator Jim Meyers, working with Justine Vanden Heuvel's program and E. J. Gallo scientists, developed an image analysis-based method for using Landsat satellite images to select single, representative location for grape maturity sampling in Central Valley vineyards - greatly reducing the its cost, while improving accuracy.
Elimination of the Crown Gall Pathogen, Agrobacterium vitis, from Systematically Infected Grapevines by Tissue Culture
Recently-retired scientist Tom Burr's program successfully eliminates crown gall through tissue culture and use of the sensitive 'magnetic capture hybridization' test developed by the Burr laboratory.
Cornell Viticulture Paper selected as 2020 ASEV Best Viticulture Paper
Marcela Yepes, Tom Burr, Cherie Reid, and Marc Fuchs published a paper on the elimination of crown gall in grapevines using tissue culture which was selected as the Best Viticulture Paper of 2020 by the American Society for Enology and Viticulture (ASEV).
Cornell aids distillers in making hand sanitizer
Chris Gerling has been providing New York distillaries with technical assistance in formulating hand sanitizer. New York distillaries already manufacture a key ingredient - Ethanol - and have stepped up to fill in the high demand and reduce COVID-19 pandemic-related shortages.
New York's Wine Industry Meets the New State Plant Pathologist
Wine Business Monthly profiled Cornell's new grape pathologist Katie Gold.
The New York State Integrated Pest Management Program Welcomes New Director
Dr. Alejandro Calixto, formerly head of the Florida Research Center for Corteva Agriscience, is the new director of the New York State IPM program.
Sensory tests suggest ‘liking’ wines made with native grapes a learned response
This American Vineyard article features Cornell Ph.D. candidate Demi Perry's evaluation of consumer preferences for Labrusca -based wines such as Concord while working at Penn State.
Cost of Establishment and Production of Cold Hardy Grapes in the Chautauqua Region of New York-2019
Miguel Gomez and Trent Davis also have produced this new publication, the second since 2015 to focus on cold-hardy grapes in the Lake Erie Chatauqua County region.