Jennifer Phillips Russo

Cornell Viticulture Specialist

Jennifer is the Cornell Viticulture Specialist for the Lake Erie Regional Grape Program. Her work at LERGP brings local experience and research-based solutions together to provide projects aimed at increasing yields, product quality, diversity and improvement of cultivars, efficiency of production, profitability and adoption of environmentally sound cultural management strategies with emphasis on: soil and grapevine health, site selection, growth control, nutrition and water management, and harvest management. As part of the Efficient Vineyard Project, Jennifer worked to help growers and industry to better evaluate the amount of crop in their vineyards and in the industry belt-wide, respectively. Understanding this is an important starting point as we progress through the growing season and are able to implement variable rate vineyard management. She has been instrumental in developing new technology to assist with the process.