Grape production funded

$67,600 will develop a modern weather network with real-time information

A bushel of grapes on a vine at Sugarbush Vineyards in Prince Edward County. (ALEX FILIPE photo)

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More than $75,000 in joint government funding for key investments to advance the production of locally grown grapes was announced recently.

As part of the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, the federal and provincial governments are providing this support to develop and implement new products and technologies that will help grape growers increase productivity, access markets, be more competitive in world markets and contribute even more to the economy.

Projects include:

  • $67,600 to develop a modern weather network with real-time information incorporated into eGrape, an existing industry database, which will assist growers and researchers to improve efficiency and productivity.
  • $8,700 to quantify and analyze wash water used to clean grape harvesters and conduct a survey to better understand water use practices among 500 grape growers.