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#101 Post by Steve Edmunds »

Shake Ridge got hit again last week. Pretty rocky year shaping up out there

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#102 Post by Ken Zinns »

Ughh…sorry to hear that.
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#103 Post by Casey Hartlip »

Jesus folks....anyone doing any "farming"?
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#104 Post by Joe Webb »

Some wind damage over the weekend. Raising wires the last couple days. Hay field just got cut. Maybe 90 tomorrow and bloom has yet to start.

I keep forgetting to take pictures.

Hopefully frost is past us but last Thursday/Friday nights we got to 36 and a neighbors fans turned on. I put my tomatoes and garden out the previous Thursday after 3 nights of frost.

Here is one from a frost night.
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#105 Post by Merrill Lindquist »

The temperature hit 101 here at my place yesterday afternoon! Bloom is on the downside and the vines look like bushes rather than vines. That will end today as the guys are out there this morning suckering. Tomorrow we will rework the ground to get rid of the second cover crop that popped up with the last rain. Then as it cools later in the week, will get another spray on.
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#106 Post by Joe Webb »

Bloom just started on our earliest pommard block. Picture below, but cool and cloudy the last couple days with chance of maybe .1” of rain tomorrow. Some are worried about shatter leading to Millerandage(shot berries, hens n chicks) as well as a bit more uneven set potentialy making pick calls tougher.

Im not woorried no biggie for us. Put one more sulfur spray down yesterday. I think the storm will fizzle to a trace to maybe.01”.
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#107 Post by Casey Hartlip »

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Well here I am a month in retirement and I'm posting on the farming thread? I'm back for the wedding of my nephew this weekend. Walked out to the Gruner...my baby ....
and shocked to see the very front end of bloom starting. Everything else WAY behind here in Philo. More as the weekend unfolds.
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#108 Post by Casey Hartlip »

Well, I walked both ranches this morning....no hangover I'm happy to report. I felt like a stranger in a strange land. Like I don't belong here anymore. There is a touch of bloom starting in many blocks, but the shoot growth is way behind. The 4+ inches of rain that happened in April really has helped overall vine health, but the weeds are going to be a problem all season.

Some of the older AXR blocks don't look great. The new Mt Eden Chard field looks very happy as most vines are starting to peek out of the 24" tubes. That rain was perfect for that block. After yesterday's weak front blew through, it's brisk and windy today. Certainly will loose a few shoots out there.

I was able to talk to some of the crew and was nice to see them. Some of the constant ranch drama is continuing just fine without me. Another confirmation that it was time for me to move on. I always knew that from April to October it was a seven day a week job, even if the crew had the day off. Once the vines are out you can't stop thinking or worrying and one thing or another. I already see things happening that I wouldn't do, but that also doesn't mean it wrong, it just means it's a different approach to this property.
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#109 Post by mattcitrang »

Casey,

Thanks for the post. I miss your update and your perspective.
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#110 Post by Merrill Lindquist »

A survey of the vineyard find that the fruit is mostly set. That was a quick bloom, which is always nice.
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#111 Post by Bdklein »

So I see rain the forecast for Napa/Sonoma and other parts of Northern California this weekend. Is that “bad” for the grapes/vines?
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#112 Post by Merrill Lindquist »

Bdklein wrote: May 31st, 2022, 3:39 pm So I see rain the forecast for Napa/Sonoma and other parts of Northern California this weekend. Is that “bad” for the grapes/vines?
Not for me. I am through bloom and fruit set. Rain will just keep me from having to irrigate!
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#113 Post by Casey Hartlip »

Bdklein wrote: May 31st, 2022, 3:39 pm So I see rain the forecast for Napa/Sonoma and other parts of Northern California this weekend. Is that “bad” for the grapes/vines?
Here I am on my road trip and can't sleep.

For Anderson Valley it's gonna SUCK. Most of the valley is in various stages of bloom......most are less than 50%? and a two day half inch weather event is kind of the last thing they need right now.

Canopies are starting to fill out now and mildew pressure will go pretty nuts with rain and cooler temps. Add to that it's a time of year for outdoor activities like weddings and graduation parties, planned many months ago and that sucks too.

Mother nature can be cruel. During the 'rainy season' between December and March there was next to nothing, now she's just being a bitch.
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#114 Post by Roy Piper »

Gonna have 5 days between 95-104F next week. Which probably means 98-107F. But the next couple days and today between 75-80F. A lot of variable temps this year from one week to the next.
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#115 Post by D@vid Bu3ker »

Roy Piper wrote: June 3rd, 2022, 12:18 pm Gonna have 5 days between 95-104F next week. Which probably means 98-107F. But the next couple days and today between 75-80F. A lot of variable temps this year from one week to the next.
Not just in Napa. Here in CT during May we had high temps as low as 42, and as high as 97.
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#116 Post by Merrill Lindquist »

It is pouring here at my place - a stream running down my long driveway! It started sometime last evening and is continuing this morning. At this point, with the fruit well set, it is very welcome for the well and yard plantings, as well as the vineyard. Strange, though, in June.
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#117 Post by Merrill Lindquist »

After a few days of pleasantly warm weather, today and tomorrow will be scorchers, particularly tomorrow. Feeding the vines with a little extra organic fish emulsion to help them through it.
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#118 Post by Casey Hartlip »

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My final in person vineyard report. We're back from travels and very appreciative that folks let us stay in the owners cabin while we're here.

Things in AV are LATE from a 10 year average.....timing wise. I really only walked out to the Gruner tonight, but passed a cline 17 Chard block and Pinot 115 field and they are still blooming. Not nearly done. The Gruner pic above is just past full bloom with caps still attached. If everything sets, there will be serious fruit thinning needed IMHO.

Of course I check in on the weather thread regularly, but am disappointed at the lack of activity. Too bad that cat lady with the 500 Cabernet vines never figured out how to post a pic. Cheers.
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#119 Post by T Klonoski »

As long as we're talking retirement, maybe you could retire that sniping at Merrill as well.
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#120 Post by D@vid Bu3ker »

Casey Hartlip wrote: June 9th, 2022, 8:35 pm IMG_20220609_195016525.jpg
My final in person vineyard report. We're back from travels and very appreciative that folks let us stay in the owners cabin while we're here.

Things in AV are LATE from a 10 year average.....timing wise. I really only walked out to the Gruner tonight, but passed a cline 17 Chard block and Pinot 115 field and they are still blooming. Not nearly done. The Gruner pic above is just past full bloom with caps still attached. If everything sets, there will be serious fruit thinning needed IMHO.

Of course I check in on the weather thread regularly, but am disappointed at the lack of activity. Too bad that cat lady with the 500 Cabernet vines never figured out how to post a pic. Cheers.
That was seriously low Casey. It’s comments like your that demean this discussion rather than promote it. Sour retired grapes indeed.
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#121 Post by Joe Webb »

Just weak shoot thinned the SB/Sem.

The spring rains have us mowing still. Lots of weed wacking as well.

Halfway thru our June closure, then returning to rack and backing PN, bottling prep and machine testing.

Mild to cool weather for this time of year, 2 nights ago we got to 39. Very few warm days thus far. Expecting a “normal” harvest starting PN second week of September. If things stay cool maybe 3rd week after fair weekend.
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#122 Post by Joe Webb »

Taking a break from mowing to put up tomato baskets.
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#123 Post by Casey Hartlip »

Talking to one of my guys at Valley Foothills and they are not fully out of bloom. Pretty crazy.
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#124 Post by Joe Webb »

Took tip growth plant samples today to test. More mowing.

Next up a heat wave and tipping the rows.
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#125 Post by Merrill Lindquist »

To my eye, this looks like an exceptionally large crop, here, at my place. And the clusters are long. A lot can happen from here to harvest, but if nothing bad happens, it is going to be a very large crop at harvest. My enemy can be sunburn.
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#126 Post by Merrill Lindquist »

108 degrees at my place this afternoon. Power is off until 7 pm. Nothing else to say.
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Merrill Lindquist wrote: June 19th, 2022, 7:01 pm To my eye, this looks like an exceptionally large crop, here, at my place. And the clusters are long. A lot can happen from here to harvest, but if nothing bad happens, it is going to be a very large crop at harvest. My enemy can be sunburn.

I read about this unique preventative measure the other day. It seems simplistic, but it apparently is proven to help minimize the impact of sunburn in vineyards.


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"Facing Drought, Wildfires, Scorching Heat, Bay Area Wineries Are Changing How They Grow Grapes"

by Ezra David Romero
Sep 30, 2021


"...Using grape leaf 'sunscreen' for heat waves"
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"Winemakers at Green and Red Vineyard in Napa County use a clay spray on grape leaves to protect grapes from hot temperatures. The liquid clay acts like sunscreen for the leaves, lowering the temperature. (Ezra David Romero/KQED)"


"Wildfires and drought aren’t the only climate effects pressuring vines at Green and Red Vineyards. Scorching heat waves earlier this summer singed the leaves, exposing grapes to the scorching sun. For Aaron Whitlatch, the vineyard’s winemaker, losing another crop wasn’t an option.

"'I liken it to being a chef that doesn't get to complete their meal,' he said. 'They spent all day chopping things and preparing it, and then you just don't get to put it out on the plate for people to enjoy.'

"To protect the grapes from turning into raisins on the vine, Whitlatch turned to a human idea: sunscreen.

"'It's actually sunscreen for the leaves, not so much for the grapes themselves,' he said.

"The solution, borrowed from wineries in Australia, was already being used at a few other Northern California wineries. He tried it on his Petite Sirah vineyard, which is heavily exposed to sun on a hill.

"He sprayed the leaves with white organic liquid clay, which after it has dried, coats them in a cooling white powder and prevents shriveling or turning, ensuring the grapes are shielded from high heat.


"Still, Whitlatch says heat waves and drought this year will likely cut the total yield in half and he’s aware that future harvests remain in jeopardy as the climate emergency continues to worsen globally."

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#128 Post by Stewart Johnson »

It's been quite a few years since I've sprayed clay, but I keep a few bags on hand in case I ever have very exposed grapes. In general, I've stopped pulling leaves before harvest, and I don't have a lot of naked bunches hanging out there. There's always the possibility of increased disease pressure that might necessitate leaf pulling or some really early basal leaf senescence/drop, and I like to know that I can apply emergency "sunscreen" in that eventuality. Mostly, it works out that, by the time basal leaves would have died and dropped, I've already picked.
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#129 Post by Merrill Lindquist »

This technique has been around for years. I have not used it because I am not crazy about the thought of residue on my newly picked fruit. I do not have vertical trellising, but rather large canopies on tall standing vines. Mostly it protects the fruit, and knock on wood, I have never seen leaves burned as in the photo above. If some exposed fruit gets burned, I just live with it. Bur I do fear it.
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#130 Post by Kim Z »

We used Surround clay spray one season here in anticipation of a forecast heat spike. I wasn't impressed with the results though the expense was impressive (the fruit isn't pretty but clay residue on fruit drops supposedly drops out of the wine like bentonite). A friend in San Miguel uses shade cloth and it seems to help.

Pre-emptive irrigation also seems to help. Hydrating the roots so the vines can transpirate, and the cold water going into the vineyard should help a little. Of course now we have drought and water restrictions...

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#131 Post by Joe Webb »

Couple days ago we hit 103 then 45 low. The weeds will finally die! Next up will be tipping the vines once we finally finish mowing and the under vine cultivator. Spent a few am's suckering which is my least favorite as its on the ground and Im tall. I wear a mountain bike knee pad to make it a little easier.

As to heat waves near harvest we have used our overhead sprinklers for heat suppression. Its a bit of work to clear all the sprayers from vine growth but works quite well. Well go on for 15 to 20 minutes then off for 20-30 for a couple hours just before the coastal air makes its way up the Navarro river. Often this is 1:30-3:30 in the afternoon as we swing 50+ degrees.

There was an article in a recent trade publication regarding micro sprinklers being installed for heat suppression in RRV. It will be interesting to see how everyone deals with the more extreme temperatures. I know we already only work the vines from the early morning sun side and have never leaf removed on the afternoon sun side. Folks with bigger crops or more mold pressure often have to leaf both sides for airflow and spray effectiveness.

Yesterday the high was 93 at 1pm, and the low was 45 at 5:15 am. I got my house down to 54 last night and my kid put on a sweater and jeans to go hunt gophers this am for a couple hours.
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#132 Post by leslie renaud »

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#133 Post by Merrill Lindquist »

OMG! Veraison already!
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#134 Post by Joe Webb »

After a hot week in the upper 90’s, cooler weather for the next week in the 70’s. We dont even have bunch closure yet…
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#135 Post by Merrill Lindquist »

I hired a new vineyard consultant this year, and we walked the vineyard this morning. We agree that there are many, many clusters. That the clusters are long but not heavy. That the berries are small (his first time working the vineyard - they are EMH normal sized to me). No sign of mildew (probably just one more spray before veraison). All in all, looking good.
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#136 Post by Joe Webb »

We have begun hedging. Not sure why its so popular in burgundy yet so rarely used in the states. Were just trying to clip the tip of any shoots higher than 6ft.

The first couple years we hedged we had 2 of us in a picking bin with a generator and 2 electric hedge pruners. We had great results so we bought the attachment. Its now a one person operation.

Drippy wet fog last couple of days, could barely get the kids in the 85* pool yesterday.
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#137 Post by A. Tzikas »

Joe Webb wrote: July 3rd, 2022, 11:16 am We have begun hedging. Not sure why its so popular in burgundy yet so rarely used in the states. Were just trying to clip the tip of any shoots higher than 6ft.

The first couple years we hedged we had 2 of us in a picking bin with a generator and 2 electric hedge pruners. We had great results so we bought the attachment. Its now a one person operation.

Drippy wet fog last couple of days, could barely get the kids in the 85* pool yesterday.
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Can you please provide me the Dumas explanation of the benefits of "hedging"? Thank you.
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#138 Post by Joe Webb »

A. Tzikas wrote: July 3rd, 2022, 2:55 pm
Joe Webb wrote: July 3rd, 2022, 11:16 am We have begun hedging. Not sure why its so popular in burgundy yet so rarely used in the states. Were just trying to clip the tip of any shoots higher than 6ft.

The first couple years we hedged we had 2 of us in a picking bin with a generator and 2 electric hedge pruners. We had great results so we bought the attachment. Its now a one person operation.

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Can you please provide me the Dumas explanation of the benefits of "hedging"? Thank you.
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#139 Post by Merrill Lindquist »

We are continuing our trend of the week which is cool (55 degrees), overcast mornings which break into sun around 10:00 or so. Gets to the low to mid 80s and then slowly works its way back to the 50s. Beautiful weather for anything, including growing!

I don't practice hedging because my trellising is not vertical. My vines are tall and free form, with shoots draping down toward the earth. I trim them back when they impede walking through the rows. No leafing is required as the overhead canopy provides wonderful protection for the clusters beneath. Here in hot Calistoga I never have a problem with ripening - nature takes care of that itself.
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The following article was posted about an hour ago.

The drought continues to worsen California's water shortage. Consecutive years of insufficient winter snowpack compound negative economic and environmental effects.




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"California Is Missing an Entire Year of Rainfall Since Mid-2019, New Figures Show"

by Paul Rogers
July 5, 2022
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By-line: "Rainfall totals over the past three years show big shortfalls that are driving drought."


"California’s water issues may be complicated. But the rainfall shortage driving the state’s current drought comes down to basic math.

“'In most places we are missing an entire year of rain over the past three years,' said Jan Null, a meteorologist with Golden Gate Weather Services in Half Moon Bay. 'It’s like if you worked three years, but only got paid for two. You are going to be hurting.'

"Over the three-year period that ended June 30, most Northern California cities received only about half to two-thirds of their historical average rainfall, according to data that Null compiled. And each passing year without soaking winter rains has been steadily drying the state out a little more - further dropping reservoirs, parching soils, and forests, and depleting groundwater."

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"July 1 to June 30 is traditionally the period that California measures its rainfall season, because nearly all the rain and snow falls in the winter months. As the state’s long, hot summer looms, hopeful eyes are already turning to November and December.

“'We’re going to need an exceptional year coming up to dig us to of the hole we are in right now,' Null said.

"That hole is deep...".



As groundwater reserves diminish, land subsidence in parts of the state accelerates - a problem that often is irreversible.
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#141 Post by Joe Webb »

We had the crew out for weak shoot thinning in the SB and semillion. Still finishing up the hedging as well. Had a few hundredths of rain the last couple days, not enough to do anything but increase mold pressure. The walnuts and loquats are having a big season out front of the tasting room and winery.
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Semillon has a good crop this year, it planted on the fence line around the white part of the vineyard.
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I also included a picture of the neighbors vineyard. It's owned by a napa winery who does next to nothing by hand and just sprays a lot in the vineyard and does a lot in the cellar to make wine from these vines. No suckering, no weak shoot thinning, no tucking canes, no green drop etc. This row is the view across a field from our dining and living room. The boonville brewery is just on the other side of these vines.
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#142 Post by Casey Hartlip »

Joe, those Napa folks don't even trunk sucker? Mold pressure: I told Matt that he'd start seeing powdery mildew in Chard around July 10-15. SO much growth this year and perfect conditions with the late funky summer weather. Good luck and thanks for posting about Anderson Valley.
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#143 Post by Merrill Lindquist »

The start of VERAISON! I just spied the first colored berries - timing is a week earlier than most of my recent vintages. Looking at Labor Day pick?
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Merrill Lindquist wrote: June 28th, 2022, 2:13 pm I hired a new vineyard consultant this year ….
That’s interesting to me , not knowing anything about the business. I would think that TRB or someone working for him would check out the vines every once in a while and advise (although they are your vines).
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Yes they do come and check the vineyard along with me. In fact the winemaker and the Vineyard manager were here together yesterday so that we are all on the same page.
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#146 Post by Joe Webb »

Bunch closure on our earliest block of Pommard pinot on quad. We sell this fruit to a winery in Sonoma county. Still no sign of any color, at least 2 weeks away I think. Still no sight of tomato veraison either.
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After a hot day on Monday back to seasonal weather mid 80’s daytime, mid to upper 40’s at night.

I did see a picture of some mold on Chardonnay from a conventionally farmed vineyard in AV.
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Merrill Lindquist wrote: July 14th, 2022, 7:36 am Yes they do come and check the vineyard along with me. In fact the winemaker and the Vineyard manager were here together yesterday so that we are all on the same page.
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#148 Post by Merrill Lindquist »

Had the weeds dug between the vines, now have disked and rolled so the weeds don't trip me up when I am in the vineyard. Looks so pristine...

Seeing more color coming on - so beautiful.
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#149 Post by Joe Webb »

Still no veraison yet. First tomato, early girl, started to turn. Maybe 2 more weeks. Average temps predicted for the next week+ Last round of full property weed eating. Kinda just waiting now for berry sampling season after bottling.
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Doing barrel tasing this weekend. Whites and punk to bottle Tuesday, Pinot noirs the following Tuesday.
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#150 Post by Joe Webb »

Casey Hartlip wrote: July 6th, 2022, 4:42 pm Joe, those Napa folks don't even trunk sucker? Mold pressure: I told Matt that he'd start seeing powdery mildew in Chard around July 10-15. SO much growth this year and perfect conditions with the late funky summer weather. Good luck and thanks for posting about Anderson Valley.
They seem to only sucker when they prune. Once per year.
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