Protecting vinifera grapes from cold weather damage

Project Overview

Project Type: Farmer
Funds awarded in 2006: $7,708.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2008
Region: Northeast
State: New York
Project Leader:
Martin Schulze
Schulze Vineyards and Winery


  • Fruits: grapes


  • Farm Business Management: budgets/cost and returns, feasibility study, agricultural finance, risk management
  • Pest Management: weather monitoring
  • Production Systems: general crop production
  • Sustainable Communities: sustainability measures

    Proposal summary:

    Regional winemakers have traditionally relied on native American and hybrid grape varieties, but consumers are demanding wines based on vinifera varieties. Vinifera varieties are susceptible to the extreme cold temperatures experienced in the Northeast, and this project will compare two methods of vine insulation to determine if damaging temperatures can be avoided in the area immediately around the vine. Outreach will be through a farm tour, round table discussion groups, presentations, and articles.

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