This week saw record high temps in the 40s (last year we -20 area for lows)and this in turn has melted most of the snow and created standing water in parts of all our vineyards. Usually water is soaked up rather quickly in our vineyard. The soil is very sandy but since the ground is frozen we are seeing the water stand for days. A small number of plants are now standing on water and with the freezing temps coming this weekend we may say the plants surrounded by ice. See pics below.
Here are some pictures of the Vineyards as they are right now. You will that we have grow tubes around the base of each vine. This is done to protect from Vole damage. Also poison pellets have been put down to counter the vole problem. Vineyard 2 and 3 have an electric fence around them and is modified slightly with peanut butter and electric tape. This is to keep the deer away which it has proven to do.
January is the time of year where we get vine clippings for expanding our vineyard as well as replacing any vines that may have died during the winter. All clippings are taken from vines in the wild no further than a mile from our vineyard and as close as a 100 yards. Each cutting is 3 to 4 nodes and cut from first year growth.
Bird pressure is definitely steady. Grapes sticking out of netting are attacked. Put up fake hawk and owl in vineyard one and that seems to help cut down birds presence. Biggest problem is keeping the from getting into netting that covers fence.
Birds defiantly showing pressure in wild.
Wend sept 3 Brix 9-16 in vineyard 1
Tied ribbon to lower part of fruit bearing vines to scare birds away from eating fruit below netting. Brix in wild ranges from 6 to 12 at the very highest. There are zero grapes on vine by road and vine by bridge seems to have secondary clusters due to its loose stems and abundance of green or blanks within the fruit clusters.
Friday Sept 5 Brix count vineyard 1 12-18. 1.5 inches of rain prior day.
Monday Sept 8 Brix in vineyard 1 is 15-20 Brix
Tuesday sept 9 Brix in vineyard 15 Brix. In wild by bridge Brix is 13.
Wend sept 10 Brix in vineyard 13-15.
In the wild I checked by Bubbas dam which was Brix 8. Grapes are weedy tasting and juice is still clear. Else where in the wild I get Brix of 13. Juice is red and taste is more like grape like and sour. Closer to Welches grape juice.
Thursday Sept 11 vineyard 1 Brix 13-17
Monday Sept 15 Brix in vineyard 11-15. In the wild the vine by the bridge is at 12. Leaves are now starting to turn on that vine.
Tuesday Sept 16 Brix vineyard 15-19
Cluster measure .5 oz for medium cluster 1.0 for large and .1 for small.
Wend sept 17 Brix count vineyard 1 ranges from 13-19.
Thursday Sept 18 took Brix in wild by bridge and by new road and got 15-17. Vine by Bubbas dam stripped by birds. In vineyard we have 15-21 Brix
Sept 19 vineyard 1 Brix count 17-19
In wild Brix was 17
Sept 22 Monday Brix 15-17 in vineyard 1
Sept 23 Brix in vineyard 1 15-19
Sept 24 Brix in vineyard 1 13-17 in wild it is 15
Sept 26 Brix 13-20 in vineyard
Sept 28 Brix 15-20
Sept 29 16-20
Sept 30 16-20
Leaves have turned in last 2 weeks and falling off rapidily.in the wild ( by bridge) Brix 16