Hopyard Walkabout at CLEREL

Tuesday, September 4th

6:00-7:00 PM EST

Come take a walk around our hopyards and see what harvest is like.

If you have ever been curious as to how hops are harvested, the answer can be found at the LERGP Hopyard Walkabout on Tuesday, September 4, 2018.  The walkabout will take place starting at 6 PM in the hopyards at the Cornell Lake Erie Research and Extension Laboratory, 6592 West Main Road in Portland, NY.  Participants of the walkabout will have the opportunity to learn how to determine when hops are ready to harvest and take a turn at hand harvesting hops to gain an understanding of why mechanized hops harvesters were invented.  A demonstration of the Lake Erie Regional Grape Program’s HopsHarvester™ Hopster® portable Hop Picker will provide a look into how small-scale mechanized harvesters help many hop growers in New York get their crop off the bine.  After the hop cones are harvested, they will be taken to the oast (hop dryer) to remove moisture to a level where the crop can be safely stored.

Tim Weigle, statewide grape and hops specialist with the NYS IPM Program, will discuss the hops research projects conducted at the lab in 2018.  Alternative weed management protocols and biological control of twospotted spider mites are part of the project, “Developing a Sustainable Hops Integrated Pest Management Program from Greenhouse to Harvest” funded by the New York Farm Viability Institute.

Efficient Vineyard Webinars

Tuesday, September 11th

1:00 PM EST

How much fruit would a grape harvester pick if a grape harvester could pick fruit? The low down on yield monitoring in vineyards.

For the average grower, grape yield is measured in bin trailers, gondolas or truck loads.  Total yield is usually a reflection of truck load weigh slips for fruit in the table, raisin or juice market or records kept on the press deck at the winery.  Commercially available yield monitors have been adapted to grape harvesters and make it possible to measure yield in real time as a harvester moves down the row.  We will talk about how these monitors work and how yield data can be mapped in real time and post-harvest.

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