2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread

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2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread

#1 Post by Merrill Lindquist » January 1st, 2020, 3:08 pm

Just got in from my New Year's Eve celebration, was poking around the Board, and realized we needed a new thread for the new year. Happy New Year to all the farmers, and to all the people who read and comment here.
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#2 Post by R M Kriete » January 1st, 2020, 5:37 pm

Happy New Year and keep those updates coming!

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#3 Post by Edward H. Earles » January 2nd, 2020, 8:59 am

Bump for bookmark.

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#4 Post by Merrill Lindquist » January 2nd, 2020, 5:03 pm

We are having a string of warm days and cool nights. There is still plenty of moisture in the ground from all that rain we had.

The cover crops are responding to the pattern of rain and then warm sun. I'll get a photo tomorrow - everything is just bright green.

I have not seen any pruning going on - not even any first cuts that some farmers do. I'll wait at least a month - maybe two.
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#5 Post by Casey Hartlip » January 2nd, 2020, 6:44 pm

Ok. First post of 2020. I did go back and look at some of the past 3-4 years threads.....pretty interesting.

Now have 6 ladies prepruning and 12 men pruning. Gals started today. They will remove last year's cane and prep the vine for the final steps. My 2700 vine 3 acre Gruner Veltliner block is done. I did over half and then enlisted two of my best guys to finish. Probably going to have 10 tons this year. Will have about 5-6 tons to sell.

On the sales front, going to have to polish up my charm offensive. I have about 40 tons of Chardonnay and the same amount of Pinot to sell (TELL YOUR FRIENDS). Not going to be easy in the current situation.

Here's a thanks that follow this thread. If you ever find yourself in Philo and want to see the ranch ill do my best to show you.
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#6 Post by Casey Hartlip » January 3rd, 2020, 5:55 am

Casey Hartlip wrote:
January 2nd, 2020, 6:44 pm
Ok. First post of 2020. I did go back and look at some of the past 3-4 years threads.....pretty interesting.

Now have 6 ladies prepruning and 12 men pruning. Gals started today. They will remove last year's cane and prep the vine for the final steps. My 2700 vine 3 acre Gruner Veltliner block is done. I did over half and then enlisted two of my best guys to finish. Probably going to have 10 tons this year. Will have about 5-6 tons to sell.

On the sales front, going to have to polish up my charm offensive. I have about 40 tons of Chardonnay and the same amount of Pinot to sell (TELL YOUR FRIENDS). Not going to be easy in the current situation.

Here's a thanks to all that follow this thread. If you ever find yourself in Philo and want to see the ranch ill do my best to show you.
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#7 Post by R M Kriete » January 12th, 2020, 6:47 am

Updates?

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#8 Post by Merrill Lindquist » January 12th, 2020, 10:46 am

Cold mornings! And it rains at night very often, although the afternoons are quite pleasant. There are plenty of puddles and standing water in some of the low vineyards. The ground remains very wet (I saw a tractor stuck out in a vineyard in my travels the other day).

Plenty of vineyards are accomplishing their first cuts, and a few have done the true, finished pruning. Other than that, not a lot is going on.
The first narcissus have bloomed - as a former Bostonian, this early flowering catches me by surprise.
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#9 Post by D@vid Bu3ker » January 15th, 2020, 5:15 am

So overall winter rainfall is normal? High? Low?
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#10 Post by Steve Edmunds » January 15th, 2020, 8:34 am

We're down a few inches in Berkeley

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#11 Post by Steve Edmunds » January 16th, 2020, 6:19 pm

we got a little over an inch of those back today

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