The ' Research Vineyard' - This page will provide updates on the Long Island Horticultural Research and Extension Center vineyard in Riverhead, NY. LIHREC is a Cornell University facility that houses both university staff as well as specialists from Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County. We maintain a 2-acre vineyard at LIHREC which includes a variety trial and a smaller Chardonnay and Merlot vineyard used for experiments such as under-vine cover crops.
Native Pink Spotted Lady Beetles (Coleomegilla maculata) like to overwinter on our rootstock vines. These beneficial insects feed on aphids, mites, insect eggs, small larvae and even plant pollen. They are of no concern to grapes. During the colder months the lady beetles gather in large numbers (50+) at the base of trunks. This photo was taken on a warm spring day, when the Lady Beetles were very active. Most had already flown off and were feeding on the pollen of nearby Dandelions.
Snow drifts in the LIHREC research vineyard after the January 4th blizzard.
Harvest time in one of the Fescue trials.
Collecting data for the Anti-transpirant trial.
Collecting soil samples in one of our Fescue trials.
Taking a pressure chamber reading.
Well Established Fescue Growing Under the Trellis - After seeding Fescue takes a little time to become established. The Fescue in the photo above was planted about two years ago.
This Fescue was seeded last spring, it still needs a little more time to become established.
Taking shoot measurements in one of our Fescue plots.
Alice pruning Merlot
Last updated May 17, 2018