We recently took some pictures of some of our favorite Wild Grape Vines growing along the Sheyenne River as it flows through the ranch. Some of their trunks are close to 4-6 inches wide!
The last few days have seen close to 2 inches of rain which was much needed since we were really dry. Unfortunately I saw that both Saturday and Sunday saw cold temps that dipped below 32 degrees both nights. ( 31 degrees Saturday and 30 degrees Sunday ) From what I see from the leaves they look like they may have some damage. Leaves are looking slightly wrinkly. See pics below
The past week saw high temperatures in the 70’s. There has been no rain until this week which was a paltry 1/4 inch on Sunday. No rain predicted for the next week although temps will be 32 degrees F and under at the beginning with it warming up to lows in the 40s. Buds seem to beginning to swell in vineyards but nothing is occurring on the wild.
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.
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.