March 8th Northern Grapes Project Webinar Announcement and Registration

The Northern Grapes Project Webinar Series

“Developing Cold-Hardy Grapes: The Trials and Tribulations of Breeding Grapes for the Northern Continental U.S.”

Harlene Hatterman-Valenti Matthew Clark

Tuesday, March 8th, 2016

12:00 Noon Eastern (11:00 am Central)

7:00 pm Eastern (6:00 pm Central)

Join Harlene Hatterman-Valenti of North Dakota State University and Matthew Clark of the University of Minnesota as they talk about their respective grape breeding programs. During this webinar, they will give a brief history of their grape breeding both programs, and will discuss how crossing and selection decisions are made, including using molecular tools for cultivar development.

If you have received this email from someone other than Chrislyn Particka, you need to register via the link below:


Registering for one Northern Grapes Webinar will place you on the mailing list, and you will receive announcements and connection instruction for all further Northern Grapes Webinars.

Registration will close at 8 am (Eastern) on Friday, March 4th.

Registration is NOT required if you received this email directly from Chrislyn Particka, as it means that you are a member of the Northern Grapes Webinar mailing list.

All members of the Northern Grapes Webinar mailing list will receive an email the Friday before the webinar containing the web address (URL) for both webinar sessions as well as connection instructions.

There is no charge for this webinar. If you cannot attend one of the live sessions, recordings of all webinars are posted on our website ( within one week of the webinar date.

Feel free to email Chrislyn Particka (cap297) with any questions, if you want to check your registration status, or if you’d like to be removed from the Northern Grapes Webinar mailing list.

Please note: WebEx will no longer be supporting the following operating systems:
• Windows Server 2003
• Windows XP
• Mac OS X 10.6
This means that WebEx users will be unable to join or start WebEx meetings, or use any other WebEx application from computers that use these operating systems. Please upgrade computers to a supported operating system so you can continue to use WebEx without interruption.

Further Northern Grapes Project information is available on-line at


The Northern Grapes Project is funded by the USDA’s Specialty Crops Research Initiative Program of the National Institute for Food and Agriculture, Project #2011-51181-30850.

Second call: 2015-2016 Cider Apple Production Survey

We are collecting acreage and production information on apple cultivars grown specifically for hard cider production in Vermont and surrounding areas in order to best assess capacity for meeting cidery needs and to guide further research. All information is anonymous when entered through the web template at:

Your participation will greatly assist in our research efforts, and should only take a few minutes. Information collected includes cultivars, acreage, planting system, management, crop yield, and price received.

We are interested in both large and small plantings.

Thank you in advance for your participation.


Year 4 Northern Grapes Project Progress Report

The Year 4 Northern Grapes Project Progress Report has been published. This report outlines our research from September 2014 – September 2015 and includes links to more detailed “research reports,” which cover the individual research projects that are being conducted as part of the Northern Grapes Project. Check it out to find out what we accomplished in the fourth year of the project!

It’s posted at:

Hands-on NEWA training sessions March 31 and April 1

At this half-day workshop, learn the ins-and-outs of the NEWA system (Network for Environment and Weather Applications). NEWA is an online system that provides hourly and daily weather data, pest forecasting models, and crop production models, to help implement IPM practices on farms across the Northeast. You will learn how to efficiently navigate the NEWA interface, including how to get weather data, access station specific pages, and effectively utilize models for insects, diseases, crop thinning (carbohydrate model), and frost risk.


March 31st Navigating NEWA, Champlain Valley – Dr. Juliet Carroll

Miner Institute, 1034 Miner Farm Rd, Chazy, NY


April 1st Navigating NEWA, Capital Region – Dr. Juliet Carroll

Saratoga County CCE Office, 50 W High St., Ballston Spa, NY


Vermont pesticide education credits have been applied for for these meetings.

2016 NEWA workshop registration.pdf

ENYCHP/UVM Grape Program Effective Vineyard Spraying training, April 9

This meeting is open to Vermont as well as New York growers, and will include four Vermont pesticide license recertification credits. -TB

Effective Vineyard Spraying

Saturday April 9th , 2016


The Champlain Wine Company 30 City Hall Place, Plattsburgh, NY 12901

Through this half-day day course on Effective Vineyard Spraying growers will learn how to improve their timeliness and therefore apply sprays when needed and not be forever chasing the calendar. Correct ap-plication at the correct time will allow growers to make better use of their spray over the season.

Presenter: Andrew Landers

Pesticide application technology specialist, Cornell University

This in-depth training course on better spray application techniques will:

– Improve your knowledge of spraying techniques for better deposition and less drift

– Improve your timeliness of application resulting in better disease and insect control

– Reduce off-target drift keeping you within the law

– Show you how to modernize your existing sprayer

– Inform you of new developments in sprayer design keeping you up-to-date

– Help you potentially reduce pesticide use thus improving your profitability.

For more information please contact: Anna Walllis at (518) 410-6823 or aew232

Pre-Registration is Required

Deadline: Saturday April 2nd—Register soon, space is limited!

Registration Options:

Click here to register online and pay by credit card or Print attached registration form and send your registration form to CCE ENYCHP Rensselaer County, Agriculture & Life

Science Bldg., 61 State Street, Troy NY 12180

This meetin notice is brought to you by Cornell University Cooperative Extension’s Eastern NY Commercial Horticulture Program – Serving the Educational and Research Needs of the Commercial Small Fruit, Vegetable, Grape and Tree Fruit Industries in Albany, Clinton, Columbia, Dutchess, Essex, Fulton, Greene, Montgomery, Orange, Putnam, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schoharie, Schenectady, Ulster, Warren and Washington Counties.

2016 Vineyard Effective Spraying Registration.pdf

UVM Apple grafting workshop March 24

Terry Bradshaw, UVM Tree Fruit and Viticulture Specialist, and the Apple Team will discuss the importance of grafting fruit trees plus guide you through the hands-on steps of grafting dessert apple cultivars (e.g.‘Liberty’, ‘Honeycrisp’, etc.) on to semi-dwarf rootstocks. No previous experience necessary. Rootstocks, apple cultivars plus grafting supplies will be provided and each participant will take home their grafted trees for planting at their home. Limited to 30 attendees.

When: March 24, 2016 from 1-4 pm

Where: UVM Horticultural Research Center, Blasburg Building, 65 Green Mountain Drive, South Burlington

Cost: $ 40.00 includes rootstocks, apple cultivars plus grafting supplies and snacks

Online registration and payment can be found at: