From the Northern New York Agricultural Development Program:
Research is being done cold-climate grape varieties that can be grown in Northern New York.
varieties do not do well under harsh winter weather in Northern New York, so
the farmer-driven Northern New York Agricultural Development Program has
funded research on cold-climate grape varieties to support increasing
interest in NNY-grown table grapes and wines.
An update on the most
recent work will be offered at the second annual Northeast NY and Vermont Winter
Grape School March 9 at the Holiday Inn in Lake George.
Registration information is online at https://enych.cce.cornell.edu or call (518) 410-6823.
The Northern New York Agricultural Development Program has posted the
latest Evaluation of Cold-Hardy Grape Varieties for Production in
Northern New York report at www.nnyagdev.org
The report summarizes work in 2016 to revitalize the cold-climate grape
nursery at the Willsboro Research Farm in Willsboro, Essex County.
Input from regional growers, private grape breeders and representatives
of the Cornell-USDA and University of Minnesota grape breeding programs
was collected and winnowed to a list of 20 potential new varieties for
planting at the research nursery.
The list includes varieties from the
Cornell and Minnesota programs, one each from the USDA ARS grape
breeding trials in California and at the University of Arkansas, and
from Ontario, Canada, and private breeders.
Removal of old vines, soil testing and replenishing the soil health at
the nursery are among the preparatory work in anticipation of the new
planting. The Eastern New York Commercial Horticulture Program plans to
hire a grape specialist to oversee the research planting.
Outreach educational programs on cold-hardy grape production research in
NNY in 2016 reached groups of more than 60 grape growers and
The farmer-driven Northern New York Agricultural Development Program is a
research and technical assistance program serving all agricultural
sectors in Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence
Funding for the Northern New York Agricultural Development
Program is supported by the New York State Senate and administered
through the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets.