Grape Commodity Survey

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Grape Survey Metastorm 2023 Abstract (344 words) The first commercial winery in the United States was founded by Jacques Dufour, winemaker to Marquis de Lafayette, in 1798 on the banks of the Kentucky River ( .Before prohibition, Kentucky was the 3rd largest grape and wine producing state in the country. In recent years, the industry has rebounded dramatically with grapevine acreage in the state increasing from 40 acres in 1998 to over 600 acres today ( According to, the total economic impact of wineries in Kentucky is $1.1 billion. The Grape Commodity Survey will allow us to target 4 pests of concern to the grape industry, including Spotted Lanternfly which is a serious pest of grapes and is spreading into new states from the initial find in Pennsylvania. Until recently, spotted lanternfly (SLF) has been found in states bordering Kentucky such as Ohio, West Virginia, and Virginia, but the known infestations were not close to Kentucky''s borders. However, a July 2021 detection of SLF in Vevay, Indiana is only 4 miles from the Ohio River which separates Indiana and Kentucky. The establishment of any of these pests would have large negative impacts on the state''s growing grape and wine- making industry. We will obtain permission from 25 vineyard owners to place pheromone traps and conduct visual surveys in their vineyards. This is an increase from the 12 vineyards surveyed in 2019, the 14 vineyards surveyed in 2020 and 2021, and the 17 vineyards surveyed in 2022. This increase is important due to the threat from Spotted Lanternfly. The trapping survey is designed to detect two Lepidopteran pests: European Grapevine Moth and Christmas Berry Webworm. One trap targeting each pest will be placed in each vineyard. Surveyors will set the traps in spring 2023 and remove the traps in fall 2023, visiting once per month to check the traps and change lures. During each visit, surveyors will also conduct a visual survey for Spotted Lanternfly and for Curcurbit Beetle. Accomplishment reports will be completed and submitted in the timeframe specified in the agreement and data will be uploaded to the NAPIS database.
Effective start/end date5/1/234/30/24


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