EXTENSION CORNER Registration for B.E.V. NY is open

Hans Walter-Peterson Viticulture Specialist, Finger Lakes Grape Program

B.E.V. NY is New York's annual conference for the grape and wine industry, created in collaboration between the New York Wine & Grape Foundation and Cornell University.

Put this year’s B.E.V. NY conference on your calendar and get signed up to attend. This year’s conference is a fully virtual event as it was in 2021.

PENN YAN — Time to put this year’s B.E.V. NY conference on your calendar and get signed up to attend! After a lot of conversation and consideration (and input from some of you as well), we have decided that we are going to hold this year’s conference as a fully virtual event again, as we did in 2021. And just like last year, your $100 registration fee allows you to “attend” as much or as little of the conference as you want. The “all you can eat buffet” for business, enology, and viticulture information, or as we Norwegians would call it, a smorgasbord.

Hans Walter-Peterson
Viticulture Specialist, Finger Lakes Grape Program

We are still putting the final touches on this year’s program, but here are some of the highlights from the viticulture portion of it:

Tuesday, March 29

Our pest management session will take place at the end of the first day of the conference this year. The program will include talks about disease management from Katie Gold, an update on the status of spotted lanternfly in New York and research updates from Brian Eshenaur, as well as one on grapevine trunk diseases by the new curator of USDA’s grape germplasm collection at Geneva, Erin Galarneau, who did her Ph.D. research on the subject. Pesticide credits will be available for this session. Be sure that you provide your pesticide applicator license information and upload a photo of your license when you register. The link will be on the registration page.

Wednesday, March 30

Two of the sessions on this day will be centered about the theme of Modern Varieties for Modern Times. The first session will feature Bruce Reisch and Matthew Clark, grape breeders from Cornell and the University of Minnesota, respectively. They will be talking about how recent advances are changing the way that breeders develop new varieties, and what traits they are now able to start considering for inclusion in new varieties that are better adapted to our changing climate. We are also hoping to have a breeder from Europe speak about some of the newer disease-resistant (PIWI) varieties emerging there as well.

The second session for this theme will be more focused on winemaking with these varieties, including a panel of winemakers with experience in making quality wines from them – Craig Hosbach (Hunt Country Vineyards), Ethan Joseph (Shelburne Vineyards, VT) and Lawrence Buhler (Henry of Pelham, Ontario).

Thursday, March 31

Our viticulture keynote presentation will be from Russ Smithyman, former VP of Research and Viticulture at Chateau Ste. Michelle in Washington, and the current chair of the National Grape Research Alliance. Russ will be talking about where he sees viticulture heading in the future, including hurdles that are looming and possible solutions to them based on research that is currently being done. Terry Bates, from the vineyard laboratory in the Lake Erie region, will bring that idea a bit closer to home by addressing some of what he sees coming down the road for grape growing in the Northeast.

This will also be a chance for the industry to hear from Tim Martinson one final time (at least at this event) and to express its appreciation to him as he enters retirement from his position in Extension at the end of this month.

Be sure to check out the conference website, https://www.bevny.org/, for updates and more information. Sponsorship information is also posted at https://www.bevny.org/sponsers.

Conference details

DATES: Tuesday, March 29 through Thursday, March 31, 2022

TIME: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. all three days

WHERE: Online

COST: $100 per person, includes full access to all three days of programming, including lifetime access to recorded content after the event. Register: Visit https://www.bevny.org/register

CONTACT: Call the New York Wine & Grape Foundation with any questions: 315-924-3700.

About the Finger Lakes Grape Program

The Finger Lakes Grape Program (FLGP) is a regional extension program of Cornell Cooperative Extension serving the grape and wine industry of the Finger Lakes.

The FLGP provides unbiased, research-based information to the region's grape growers in areas including vineyard and pest management practices, new vineyard establishment, farm business management, marketing and business development and more as a means of supporting the industry's growth and long-term sustainability. This information is distributed to growers by a variety of means, including printed and electronic communications, field meetings and workshops, and an annual winter conference.

The Finger Lakes Grape Program is supported, in part, by six county Cornell Cooperative Extensions including: Ontario, Seneca, Schuyler, Steuben, Wayne, and Yates counties.

Cornell Cooperative Extension is an equal opportunity, affirmative action educator and employer.