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Issue 42, August 2020

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News from Cornell's Viticulture and Enology Program, August 2020

C produced in vineyard block via mechanical shoot thinningRESEARCH FOCUS

Variable-rate Mechanical Shoot Thinning in Concord Demonstrates the Practical Application of Precision Viticulture

Research associate Terry Bates and GIS specialist Rhiann Jakubowski used variable-rate mechanical shoot thinning based on NDVI data to create a giant "C" in a Concord block at the Cornell Lake Erie Research and Extension Laboratory in Portland NY, to illustrate practical use of precision viticulture methods for managing crop load.


Five Questions for Yu Jiang

Yu Jiang joined the Horticulture Section at Cornell AgriTech as an Assistant Research Professor of Systems Engineering and Data Analytics for Specialty Crops in December 2019.  His research focus is  to develop and deploy the latest sensing, automation, and computational technologies for specialty crop research and production.


Cornell Students and Faculty Recognized by American Society for Enology and Viticulture 

Students of Cornell's Viticulture and Enology program received several awards at the 2020 'virtual' ASEV conference.

Powdery Mildew resistanceGRAPES 101

The Core Grape Genome and Cheap DNA Sequencing:  A New Roadmap for Grape Breeders

The VitisGen2 project, led by Cornell AgriTech professor Bruce Reisch,  has developed detailed DNA mapping platform that will dramatically increase the use of 'marker-assisted selection' to streamline the grape breeding process.

Powdery Mildew resistanceEXTENSION FOCUS

Cornell Workforce Development and Cornell Farmworker Programs provide outreach on COVID-19 for farmworkers

Two Cornell Cooperative Extension farm labor programs are addressing the need for COVID-19 information.  The Workforce Development program provides resources for farm managers, labor supervisors, and owners; the Farmworker Program provides programming directly addressing farmworkers' health, safety,  social and educational needs in Spanish, English, and other languages.



The Efficient Vineyard project demonstrates how variable-rate, GIS Map-based mechanical shoot thinning works
This video explains the mechanics of achieving variable rate shoot thinning controlled by a GIS vineyard map in a demonstration at a California vineyard.