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#401 Post by Casey Hartlip » September 9th, 2018, 6:55 am

A very chilly 41 degrees this morning with no fog. Hope we're done by 11:00 so I can watch a little 49ers.
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#402 Post by Casey Hartlip » September 9th, 2018, 8:18 am

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#403 Post by Roy Piper » September 9th, 2018, 11:49 am

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95 degrees here yesterday and today. Sugars will quickly catch up to flavors.
Only 91F in Moulds area. Today and next 3 days look good for ripening but then we are back to the high-70s fora week. And we are only hot for 3-4 hours now. Plus, nights are the coolest I can remember at this stage in many years.

It is possible that we will have no heat spikes this year during ripening?
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#404 Post by Merrill Lindquist » September 10th, 2018, 7:33 am

48 degrees at 6:30 this morning at my place. But there is no fog, and the forecast is for over 90. I think we will get some good hot hours today.
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#405 Post by Paul Gordon » September 10th, 2018, 8:38 am

Last week was a slightly warm one - temps generally in the low/mid 80s. That really helped get us fully through veraison.
A nice cool 10 days ahead - forecast to be highs in the upper 60s/low 70s.
Still tracking to a mid-October Syrah pick.
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#406 Post by Casey Hartlip » September 10th, 2018, 2:07 pm

Paul, does your Grenache come off after the Syrah?
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#407 Post by Merrill Lindquist » September 10th, 2018, 5:33 pm

By noon today it was 88 degrees here at my place. By 1:30 and now at 5:30 it is 95 degrees. HOT.
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#408 Post by timmy roos » September 11th, 2018, 5:47 am

Got a call yesterday that 2 of our lots did not pass smoke taint test. Really don't know what to do. If this is true for us lake co will have more insult to this years injury
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#409 Post by Merrill Lindquist » September 11th, 2018, 8:13 am

So sorry, Timmy. That's awful.
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#410 Post by Paul Gordon » September 11th, 2018, 9:03 am

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Paul, does your Grenache come off after the Syrah?
Yes. 1 or 2 weeks later.
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#411 Post by Casey Hartlip » September 11th, 2018, 12:05 pm

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#412 Post by Jim Hartten » September 11th, 2018, 1:12 pm

Casey, great looking clusters!! [worship.gif] Keep it coming... [cheers.gif] [popcorn.gif]

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#413 Post by Merrill Lindquist » September 11th, 2018, 4:42 pm

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Casey, great looking clusters!! [worship.gif] Keep it coming... [cheers.gif] [popcorn.gif]
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#414 Post by Casey Hartlip » September 11th, 2018, 5:47 pm

Lots of sampling, lots of thinking. Will be halfway through our sparkling Chard tomorrow. Sparkling Pinot is done. History tells us that Pinot Gris or Gewurtz should be next. We have some Pinot Noir in the 19 to 22 range which is just fine. We might get a few days off and get some cover crop drilled in. We crossed 110 tons today.
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#415 Post by timmy roos » September 12th, 2018, 5:04 pm

It's a shit show with constellation here in lake count county. I don't know of anyone tgat has been able to send them fruit. Had conversations with mendo people that have received rejection letters as well
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#416 Post by Casey Hartlip » September 12th, 2018, 6:04 pm

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It's a shit show with constellation here in lake count county. I don't know of anyone tgat has been able to send them fruit. Had conversations with mendo people that have received rejection letters as well
This is gonna be a big f_cking deal in these parts. Constellation is cancelling contracts in inland Mendo claiming "smoke taint". In reality, it's fruit they really don't want and are trying to get out of contracts. I guess the Cab bubble has burst and they are in oversupply now. I've heard over 50 contracts in Mendo/Lake will be cancelled. Growers are doing are testing with ETS proving their fruit is safe and I think the lawyers are gonna have a feast.

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#417 Post by timmy roos » September 12th, 2018, 7:11 pm

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Are they the only ones rejecting fruit? We are working with 2 wineries as fruit is deemed acceptable.
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#418 Post by Casey Hartlip » September 13th, 2018, 7:12 am

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Are they the only ones rejecting fruit? We are working with 2 wineries as fruit is deemed acceptable.
I don't know right now.
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#419 Post by timmy roos » September 13th, 2018, 10:36 am

Im always interested to know what the talk is on your side of the hill
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#420 Post by N Weis » September 14th, 2018, 7:29 pm

Casey Hartlip wrote:
September 12th, 2018, 6:04 pm
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It's a shit show with constellation here in lake count county. I don't know of anyone tgat has been able to send them fruit. Had conversations with mendo people that have received rejection letters as well
This is gonna be a big f_cking deal in these parts. Constellation is cancelling contracts in inland Mendo claiming "smoke taint". In reality, it's fruit they really don't want and are trying to get out of contracts. I guess the Cab bubble has burst and they are in oversupply now. I've heard over 50 contracts in Mendo/Lake will be cancelled. Growers are doing are testing with ETS proving their fruit is safe and I think the lawyers are gonna have a feast.

130 tons in 450 to go!
I hate this. It happened a bit in Napa and Sonoma Counties last year after 10/9, and I thought it was just the sh!ts. While I understand it contractually and from a winery's POV, I don't think I ever could have done it to a grower. Work something else out. Seemed like kicking a woman or man when she/he's already down. The surprising part to me was how many growers went right back to the same customers again this year! If I were a grower, this is how I would have treated the contract:

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#421 Post by Casey Hartlip » September 15th, 2018, 12:41 pm

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#422 Post by Merrill Lindquist » September 15th, 2018, 1:12 pm

Per ETS Labs, I have 24B and 3.4 ph. I have picked anywhere from August 22 to October 3. We are in there, somewhere.
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#423 Post by Stewart Johnson » September 15th, 2018, 3:42 pm

Picked pinot for sparkling last night. I delivered it to a winery that was bringing in Calistoga cab at the same time. Seemed a bit early for that, since most folks seem to be running on an "old normal" timetable this year. I think they have "old normal" or "neo-classical" (if you follow Gilman's usage) notions of ripeness and pick around 23.5B. That's often kind of a sweet spot for me with pinot too, but I wouldn't have expected cab to be so far out in front of pinot at this point.
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#424 Post by N Weis » September 15th, 2018, 5:28 pm

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Picked pinot for sparkling last night. I delivered it to a winery that was bringing in Calistoga cab at the same time. Seemed a bit early for that, since most folks seem to be running on an "old normal" timetable this year. I think they have "old normal" or "neo-classical" (if you follow Gilman's usage) notions of ripeness and pick around 23.5B. That's often kind of a sweet spot for me with pinot too, but I wouldn't have expected cab to be so far out in front of pinot at this point.
Being someone who works with a lot of different regions and varieties, I see it every year. SB that is later than Cabernet, Merlot that is earlier than Pinot, and so on. Everything is just so darn site specific, it's very hard to generalize. Next week, we have Oregon Pinot, RRV SB, Alexander Valley Cabernet & Malbec, and Napa Valley Cabernet all being picked. And that's the norm, not a vagary of 2018. Just goes to show that region/site matters.
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#425 Post by Paul Gordon » September 16th, 2018, 9:18 am

It has been a cool week - the last 5 days have averaged just under 63F on the high side and an average low of 44F. The coming week is forecast to be a little warmer.
We did our first quick Syrah sample - 18.9b - but the seeds are tan and good color on the pulp.
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#426 Post by Casey Hartlip » September 17th, 2018, 4:45 am

After a rare Sunday off we're going to crank up the volume. Getting lots of calls and texts wanting me to schedule pick days. The next two weeks will define the season for us. Glad to see this weather holding steady.
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#427 Post by Casey Hartlip » September 17th, 2018, 8:38 am

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#428 Post by Casey Hartlip » September 17th, 2018, 8:04 pm

Many of my 17 customers are starting to make thier needs known. I have a big 75 ton lot of sparkling Chard in the middle of it all. This is when sparkling wraps up and Pinot Gris and early Pinot Noir start to clash. This is when I make dreams come true and crush the souls of others. I'm happy that I have weeded out some of my more difficult customers the last 3-4 years, but it's still very hard to tell someone they can't have thier fruit on the day they wish. I don't sleep well this month and try not to have too many issues with my folks. Regardless it's hard and difficult. I'm SO lucky that my crew is not complicating things further.
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#429 Post by Karen Troisi » September 18th, 2018, 1:21 pm

We are picking our first cabernet sauvignon fruit on Monday (9/24) from Rutherford. We picked this same vineyard/block last year on 9/14.
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#430 Post by Merrill Lindquist » September 18th, 2018, 2:00 pm

Josh Clark and crew due here at 6:30 a.m. Saturday to pick EMH. A week from then I will be at Fenway watching the Sox/Yankees finish the regular season up.
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#431 Post by Casey Hartlip » September 18th, 2018, 3:37 pm

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Nice tight looking load for our neighbors at Goldeneye. We picked for 3 different clients today. Too damn much running around and not enough tons for my taste, but it's what we do to keep people happy.
Tomorrow a 30+ ton day of sparkling Chard all in one field. It'll be the opposite of today sillyness. I need a nap.
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#432 Post by Roy Piper » September 18th, 2018, 5:57 pm

This heat coming the next week-10 days should do the trick for Moulds. So aiming for Sept 29 to Oct 2.

Acids are high but flavors starting to show. Seeds are greenish but I think thats par for the course this year.

Houyi is 4 weeks off if I can get it to hold that long.
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#433 Post by Roy Piper » September 18th, 2018, 6:21 pm

N Weis wrote:
September 15th, 2018, 5:28 pm
Being someone who works with a lot of different regions and varieties, I see it every year. SB that is later than Cabernet, Merlot that is earlier than Pinot, and so on. Everything is just so darn site specific, it's very hard to generalize. Next week, we have Oregon Pinot, RRV SB, Alexander Valley Cabernet & Malbec, and Napa Valley Cabernet all being picked. And that's the norm, not a vagary of 2018. Just goes to show that region/site matters.
Wandered into Silver Oak Alexander Valley tasting room last week, just for fun. Nice facility!
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#434 Post by N Weis » September 18th, 2018, 7:00 pm

Roy Piper wrote:
September 18th, 2018, 6:21 pm
N Weis wrote:
September 15th, 2018, 5:28 pm
Being someone who works with a lot of different regions and varieties, I see it every year. SB that is later than Cabernet, Merlot that is earlier than Pinot, and so on. Everything is just so darn site specific, it's very hard to generalize. Next week, we have Oregon Pinot, RRV SB, Alexander Valley Cabernet & Malbec, and Napa Valley Cabernet all being picked. And that's the norm, not a vagary of 2018. Just goes to show that region/site matters.
Wandered into Silver Oak Alexander Valley tasting room last week, just for fun. Nice facility!
Shoot, man. Let me know next time so I can show you around! Some cool stuff going on there.
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#435 Post by Roy Piper » September 18th, 2018, 7:22 pm

Yeah, I literally just drove by, skidded to a stop and went in at 3:45pm. Spur of the moment. Wanna see the Napa facility too! Have not been there since before the fire.
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#436 Post by Casey Hartlip » September 19th, 2018, 5:53 pm

First speed bump today. Wanted to pick 72 bins of sparkling Chard but only did 58. The crew wasn't real motivated but the crop was quite good. Now we won't finish sparkling tomorrow and that crowds fruit into another day. Sounds trivial but it just cranks up the pressure to fulfill deliveries when many of my customers are fighting for dates. Obviously someone's gonna be pissed when it conflicts with their world.
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#437 Post by Edward H. Earles » September 20th, 2018, 4:20 pm

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First speed bump today. Wanted to pick 72 bins of sparkling Chard but only did 58. The crew wasn't real motivated but the crop was quite good. Now we won't finish sparkling tomorrow and that crowds fruit into another day. Sounds trivial but it just cranks up the pressure to fulfill deliveries when many of my customers are fighting for dates. Obviously someone's gonna be pissed when it conflicts with their world.
58 bins is still a lot of grapes.

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#438 Post by Merrill Lindquist » September 20th, 2018, 4:39 pm

Starting to see reds moving from the vines to the bins. Montelena picked their head-trained, dry farmed Zin this morning at the corner of Pickett and Rosedale here in Calistoga. I know those Montelena pickers so I hung out briefly - fruit tasted great. I saw activity down at Kenefick with bins marked N&N, Nickel and Nickel, I presume. Frediani was moving through the head-trained field blend at the corner of Pickett and Silverado Trail. The temperature hit 95 degrees for a bit this afternoon here at my place. Fruit is gorgeous and ready for an early morning pick on Saturday.
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#439 Post by Casey Hartlip » September 20th, 2018, 5:38 pm

Second bump today: a couple of no shows on my crew. Funny how a couple of folks on a crew of 20 can throw things off. Part of the problem was my fault. There's more crop in this sparkling Chard block than I thought. I was silly to think we could do it in two days. As I had other fruit scheduled for tomorrow and Saturday EVERYTHING had to be shifted a day. That's makes for lots of texts and favors. Couldn't change tomorrow, but Saturday stuff had to go to Sunday (yeah no day off for a while) and so forth. I'm booked for picking multiple customers through next Friday. Logistics are the name of the game now. Fruit that leaves the area has to be booked at least 5 days out. I really don't know if I can do this for 5 more years.
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#440 Post by Jim Hartten » September 21st, 2018, 11:58 am

Merrill, hope the pick goes great - please post some pictures and numbers (brix, etc). Sounds like a good size/quality crop this year!!! [cheers.gif] [cheers.gif] champagne.gif

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#441 Post by Stewart Johnson » September 21st, 2018, 1:42 pm

I had some pinot hanging naked that needed to get pulled off before the birds got it. Some of it was excess from a sparkling pick last Friday. We had dropped nets and pulled leaves in preparing to pick. The crop came in so heavy that we filled the order with rows left over, and those rows were going to get hammered by birds. I also left kickers on a more vigorous section, and some of that fruit extended up beyond the fruit zone band of netting. So, I got 3 tons of bonus fruit, albeit at 21 brix. Looks like I'm going into the rose business. I'll also do a regular ferment on some of it, and it will be the "bright red" component in the spice rack. I had done something similar last year by accident, and I ended up being very happy to have it in reserve when the heat spike pushed the flavor profile further toward the blacker end of the spectrum than I usually want.
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#442 Post by Merrill Lindquist » September 21st, 2018, 6:03 pm

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Merrill, hope the pick goes great - please post some pictures and numbers (brix, etc). Sounds like a good size/quality crop this year!!! [cheers.gif] [cheers.gif] champagne.gif
Thanks, Jim. The bins are ready, the forklift is here, and the fruit is ready. By starting at 6:30, depending on what size crew they send, we should be out of here by 8:30-9:00. I'm usually too busy to take photos, but I have a freind who is bringing a camera.
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#443 Post by Casey Hartlip » September 21st, 2018, 7:26 pm

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Pinot Gris for 3 different clients. Was hoping to also pick 8 tons of Pinot Noir afterwards but it just didn't happen. Falling further behind on how much we can pick and deliver in a day. I was hoping to have Sunday off but it's not gonna happen. I'm not sleeping well now, waking up around 2:00 wondering how we're going to make it all happen. We have about 250 tons in the barn. Everyone in our area is picking everything now. One possible help is Roederer is expected to finish Tuesday, so some people might get freed up.
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#444 Post by Merrill Lindquist » September 23rd, 2018, 9:14 am

Yesterday at my place, bright and early, 12 of us brought in 3.8 Tons of my Cabernet. Our hands were frozen as we sorted through the macro bins to remove any leaves that were brought in with the fruit. This yield was a new high since the 2012 vintage - the one where everyone was off in their estimations of tonnage. Essentially, every vine worked hard this year...the vines were treated to organic fish emulsion as fertilizer, and irrigated when I felt they needed it. No hiccups with frost, poor set, sunburn, or bird peck (I understand they preferred the Syrah in my neighbor's back yard). The annoying presence of crows and scrub jays, noisy and bossy, kept the berry-hungry finches at bay.

I was beat but happy as another growing season came to an end. My 19th year.
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#445 Post by Kim Z » September 23rd, 2018, 7:24 pm

Congratulations Merrill..to you and to your vines for out-producing!

We grow Syrah and Grenache and even with nets and other discouragements the birds go for the Syrah big time.
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Re: 2018 Vintage West Coast Weather Thread

#446 Post by Roy Piper » September 23rd, 2018, 9:01 pm

I am coming off Friday, most likely, with Moulds. A little high on the acid and seeds not as brown as usual, but flavors are almost there. The next 4 days of 90-92F should get me over the finish line. Looks like rain on and off starting Sat.
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Re: 2018 Vintage West Coast Weather Thread

#447 Post by Sean Devaney » September 23rd, 2018, 10:33 pm

Merrill Lindquist wrote:
September 23rd, 2018, 9:14 am
Yesterday at my place, bright and early, 12 of us brought in 3.8 Tons of my Cabernet. Our hands were frozen as we sorted through the macro bins to remove any leaves that were brought in with the fruit. This yield was a new high since the 2012 vintage - the one where everyone was off in their estimations of tonnage. Essentially, every vine worked hard this year...the vines were treated to organic fish emulsion as fertilizer, and irrigated when I felt they needed it. No hiccups with frost, poor set, sunburn, or bird peck (I understand they preferred the Syrah in my neighbor's back yard). The annoying presence of crows and scrub jays, noisy and bossy, kept the berry-hungry finches at bay.

I was beat but happy as another growing season came to an end. My 19th year.
Very nice Merrill. And congrats on 19 years.

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Re: 2018 Vintage West Coast Weather Thread

#448 Post by Karen Troisi » September 24th, 2018, 1:24 pm

Yield was a little light but the fruit is amazing - Rutherford G3 cabernet sauvignon.
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#449 Post by Merrill Lindquist » September 24th, 2018, 1:32 pm

Kim Z wrote:
September 23rd, 2018, 7:24 pm
Congratulations Merrill..to you and to your vines for out-producing!

We grow Syrah and Grenache and even with nets and other discouragements the birds go for the Syrah big time.
"Out-producing" is a great way to look at it. Many of us looked at this fruit hanging, and no one really anticipated that haul. When the harvest management crew asked how many bins to send, I said 8. (1/2 ton bins, but I don't like to fill them to overflowing.) Then I said to send 10. Who wants to go scurrying for extra bins when you are in the middle of the most important time of a grower's year? We used all 10.

My job the day of harvest is as laborer and traffic director. Traffic director I am great at, but hanging over those bins, scooping out leaves (and one stone - "stop everyone - we do not do a dirty pick here"), is becoming too much for me. Yeah, every year I think I am not going to do it, but then I see just one brown leaf, and I am 25 years old again. The young "type A" says no way that is going to the winery looking like that. I don't care what kind of sorter you have.
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Re: 2018 Vintage West Coast Weather Thread

#450 Post by Merrill Lindquist » September 24th, 2018, 1:42 pm

And for Mr. Hartten and others who are interested in numbers, here are mine, per ETS:

Brix - 25.5. Balance that against the glucose/fructose at 269, and the average amount of sugar, as I look at it, is 26.2B. Gorgeous when you can do it (in 2011, we felt lucky at 23.3).

TA 3.5 g/L
PH 3.67

This year, if you wait for ALL the seeds to be brown, you are going to go over the top into pruniness. My opinion, of course.

Satisfied here.

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