Grower Self-assessment Workbook
The New York Guide to Sustainable Viticulture Practices Grower Self-assessment Workbook is posted here in pdf files.
Introductory Sections – includes the title pages, table of contents, introduction, collaboration with the AEM Program, Steering Committee members, preface, acknowledgments, ‘how to use this workbook’, and an example question.
Soil Management – 25 questions on topics including preplant site preparation (drainage, soil testing, amendments, soil conservation practices), cover crops, organic matter, leaching and runoff.
Nutrition Management – 20 questions on topics including macro- and micronutrient use efficiency (with a concentration on nitrogen) and fertilizer storage.
Vineyard Management – 18 questions on topics including canopy management practices (leading to high quality fruit and reduced disease pressure) and yield management.
Irrigation Management – 8 questions on topics including system design and maintenance and water use efficiency.
Weed Management – 12 questions on topics including post- versus pre-emergent herbicides and herbicide application practices.
Pest Management – 27 questions on topics including scouting, economic thresholds, and adapting disease management programs to variety, climatic conditions and periods of vine susceptibility.
Pesticide Management – 18 questions on topics including the safe mixing, loading and storage of pesticides on the farm.
Continuing Education – 6 questions on topics including participation in meetings and the possession of viticultural reference material.
References – a list of pertinent publications.
Score Sheet – an 8-page score sheet on which to record your self-assessment for each question. Score can also be recorded in the ‘Your Rank’ column next to each question within the sections.