Friday, July 01, 2016

Midyear report.

It's the 1st of July already, wow!  Everything in the vineyard looks good. Fruit set in the Syrah, Cabernet sauvignon and Pinot grigio vines looks normal.  The berries are small and hard - still more than a full month away from the onset of veraison.  The past 12 days of toasty weather were not quite hot enough to end the risk of infection from powdery mildew. High temperatures can harm the fungus, but only two days got over 95° F, so sulphur applications will still be necessary for a little while yet.  All in all, I'm pretty pleased with this growing season.  So far, so good.


New Hampshire Wineman said...

VG: I'm so glad to hear this!
The weather in NH was very cold this spring and Nick's peaches and plums trees never blossomed, which was a first!

Thomas said...

Yes Dennis, we, too, have no peaches and plums this year. Now, with a drought, we are losing the raspberries. Have had 35% of normal rainfall since April--almost none throughout June, and none in sight for first half of July. Very serious here.

With deep roots, grapevines are holding their own but those critters don't show the true damage until the following year.

Looks like our desiduous trees are suffering too--and if it keeps up through July, there will be no corn this year.

Vinogirl said...

NHW: It's been cool, and windy, here also.
I think cane-pruned vines are faring better than cordon-pruned vines, though. It's all about the fruitfulness of the buds.

Tomasso: My goodness...what would your area be like if you had 3 years of drought like we just experienced? (Or the 7 years of drought like when I first moved here?)

Thomas said...

VG: If we had three years of this dry weather, we'd be living in a brown world, like California!

If anything describes the Finger Lkes region for six months it is this phrase: "lush green."

Vinogirl said...

Tomasso: Sounds just like the "green and pleasant land" whence I came :)