Weather & Climate
Hourly and daily weather data
MSU hosts Enviro-weather, an Internet resource with weather data for pest management and other plant production practices. Enviro-weather draws data from its weather stations located in many of Michigan's grape growing regions. Data from Enviro-weather’s stations can aid decision-making as you note conditions in your vineyard. From the Enviro-weather home page, select the station nearest you to get hourly updates and daily summaries about air and soil temperatures, leaf wetness, precipitation, wind speed and growing degree day accumulations. After selecting a station, go to these models for disease development and planning insect management:
Enviro-weather also includes a Concord berry weight model as Concord grape berries are predicted to be at half of their final weight at 1200 GDD (Base 50F) past April 1.
Weather equipment and use of degree days
Weathering the Climate: Cultivation and Technology
NEW: Michigan State University and Northwestern Michigan College hosted a conference on Sept. 5, 2014 on Weathering the Climate: Cultivation and Technology in Grape Production.
- Welcome and Overview – Brian Matchett, MSU Institute of Agricultural Technology
- Climate Change and Potential Agronomic Impacts of the Great Lakes Region – Jeff Andresen, MSU Department of Geography
- Impacts of the 2014 Polar Vortex on Grapes: Lessons Learned – Imed Dami, Ohio State University Department of Horticulture and Crop Science
- How to Manage Your Grapes for Our Changing Climate – Paolo Sabbatini, MSU Department of Horticulture, and Duke Elsner, MSU Extension
- Unmanned Systems and Technology Applications in Viticulture – Ed Bailey, Tony Sauerbrey, Scott Swan and Aaron Cook, Northwestern Michigan College