January 25th-30th, 2015- high temps bring melting and standing water in Vineyards

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.

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Water standing by our snow fence west of Vineyard 1

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Water standing in the NW corner of Vineyard 3

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Another view from the NW corner of Vineyard 3

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NW corner of Vineyard 1

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Another shot of the NW corner of Vineyard 1

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Another shot of the NW corner of Vineyard 1.

Jan 17, 2015 – Winter in Vineyards 1,2, and 3

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.

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East side of vineyard 2

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Peanut Butter on electric tape seems to be a great way to train deer to stay away from our electric fence.

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Our new electric fence.

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Grow tube used to protect from Vole damage

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Tube with poison pellet for Voles.

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NE corner of Vineyard 1

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Row D plant 1 in Vineyard 1.

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Vineyard 1

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Vineyard 1 perimeter fence(east side)

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Jan 17, 2015- Vine clippings

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.

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A picture of some of the clipping before they are cut down to 3 to 4 nodes (roughly 10-12 inches)

Oct 12, 2014- vineyard post harvest

Here are a few pics of vineyard 1 post harvest. Our crew was amazing this year! Only one cluster was missed! Wind came through the last few days and blew off all leaves. A little melancholy seeing it like this after all of this season’s hardwork.

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Just days after harvest a windstorm swept through and blew off all the leaves.

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The only grape cluster left after this years harvest.

Oct 9, 2014- More Pics from 2014 Harvest

Thanks again to everyone that helped out on 2014’s Harvest!

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Oct 8-9, 2014 grape harvest

Oct 1 Brix in wild( by new road) 16 Brix. In vineyard count is 16-20.
Oct 2 Brix 16-19 vineyard 1
Oct 3 16-20 Brix vineyard 1
Oct 6 Brix in vineyard 1 Brix 19-20
Oct 7 Brix in vine 1 15-17
Oct 9 harvest day. Hard freeze that night. 300 pounds harvest. Brix count 19-20.  Took a total of 8 hour

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First bucket of grapes picked!

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6 a.m. getting ready to take nets off of vines while under the moon!

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Frost covered the grapes which made for a cold morning.

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Frost on nets as well as grapes.

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Pulling the nets off and getting ready for some picking!

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Picking grapes

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Some of the harvest.

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Special thanks to our picking crew!

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Sept 1-Oct 1, 2014- fruit begins to ripen

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

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Vineyard 3 vines are growing steadily after being planted this June.

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The wind has been so strong that some of the nets (Close to the north side of Vineyard 1 have begun to rip and tear. I have been able to patch the holes by using clips.

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