May 17-18, 2015 Frost Damage

The beginning of this saw almost 2 inches of rain but unfortunately we saw night time temps dip below 32 degrees which unfortunately damaged the vines. (See pics below)  What this means is that the new shoots from the primary buds will dry up and fall off. What should occur next the secondary buds will produce new shoots which will give about 30 to 50% of what we would have had. Barring any other problems of course!


                

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Mar 15-21 2015, Pruning continues and the removal of grow tubes

March is seeing record high temps with highs in the 70s. Makes for nice pruning weather! As bud break is supposed to be light induced and not temperature induced in wild grapes as opposed to commercial varieties I’m not too worried about this weather having adverse effects on the vines. This winter the Voles(field mice) where kind to us. Partly due to very little snow cover as well as the precaution I took in putting 8-10 inch grow tubes around each trunk. In the last week I have been taking these grow tubes off.

            

March 5, 2015- beginning to prune vines in Vineyard 1

Started to begin pruning vines on Vineyard 1. Beginning by untangling cutting shoots from each other and other plants as well as cutting off any dead wood. Temptatures have started to rise into 20s and today into the 30s so it should make for good pruning weather.

Feb 19, 2015- sub zero temps and a little snow

The last few weeks have brought about three inches of snow cover replacing what little was there. Last night saw the temperature at -20 below zero for a few hours and the night previous to that -14 below. Cold but nothing like last year although the snow cover last year was much greater. Pictures below all vineyards and our new snow fence.

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Southern view of Vineyard 2

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Southern View of Vineyard 2

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Perimeter of Vineyard 1

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Our new snow fence on the west side of Vineyard 1

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Snow fence and Vineyard 1

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Plant 3 in Row H Vineyard 1

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North side of Vineyard 1

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Expanding the Vineyard

So its that time of year again when we gather clippings for expanding our vineyard as well as providing replacement plants for any winter kill that may have occurred. Basically we take clippings from a group of vines that are on my families farm land and replant them. The clippings themselves are about 6 inches long and with a straight cut at the bottom and a angled cut at the top. (This is to tell up from down when planting) This year we took 600+ clippings and took them to North Dakota State University to plant in there greenhouse until we plant them later in the spring.

Vine clipping from west of vineyard site.

Vine clipping from west of vineyard site.

A wild grape vine south of our old vineyard that we use for clippings for new plants.

A wild grape vine south of our old vineyard that we use for clippings for new plants.

Clippings from our vines south of the vineyard.

Clippings from our vines south of the vineyard.

One of the wild grape vines west of the new vineyard.

One of the wild grape vines west of the new vineyard.