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#51 Post by Casey Hartlip » February 7th, 2019, 5:26 pm

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Do you see any disease problem pruning so soon before rain?
One of the things we've done for many years is not making any big cuts at this time of year. Any cut over the size of a nickel as put off until March when sap flow is so strong that eutypa dieback can't enter the vines.
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#52 Post by Merrill Lindquist » February 7th, 2019, 8:00 pm

Lots of pruning going on up and down Napa Valley. It can't all be done at once, so the crews have to be out there. My place is so small that I can basically wait until I am ready and get a crew in to do it within a day.

I love the cover crop, and it is still growing like crazy. If the crew comes in to prune, they trample it all down. We generally paint any cut larger than a dime when pruning. I don't burn the cuttings or disk them into the ground. I have them removed and recycled. I don't like all that smoke.
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#53 Post by Casey Hartlip » February 9th, 2019, 1:48 pm

Pretty good chance of snow tonight. Off and on cold showers for lots of the morning today. Thinking about heading back to Mexico!
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#54 Post by Casey Hartlip » February 11th, 2019, 7:15 pm

Y'all buckle up. Pretty good storm headed our way. Hoping snow levels are high so as not to create flood concerns. SO happy we won't be using the 'D word' for the coming months. Wednesday and Friday seem to be worst days.
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#55 Post by Casey Hartlip » February 12th, 2019, 5:53 pm

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#56 Post by Casey Hartlip » February 12th, 2019, 6:16 pm

Big, big, big effing wind out there tonight. Hang on folks!
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#57 Post by Merrill Lindquist » February 13th, 2019, 11:32 am

We did not get exceptional winds, but this rain is something else. Hard, steady, and no where for it to go in some places. The water coming down from the Palisades Mountains down Pickett Road past Kenefick and Eisele is excessive. The ditches alongside the road were full up a couple of hours ago, but the ones in front of my property just had about half an inch. Glad I have gravelly loam and not sandy soil in the vineyard - it provides excellent drainage. And a huge cover crop that I assume has roots that are aiding in absorbing excess water. But we are in for at least 2 more days of this, I think.
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#58 Post by Casey Hartlip » February 13th, 2019, 5:39 pm

Some Chard and Pinot buds starting to get fuzzy. Those are on vines not yet pruned, but it still makes the hair on my neck stand up a bit. Starting to see some action on fruit interest. Had an intruder in my bird coup last night. All 6 quail abducted and consumed. Sad day at our house. Did repairs and hoping to meet the perp tonight.
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#59 Post by Gary Schulte » February 14th, 2019, 2:46 pm

Pellenc sales rep mentioned to me that they could not get to their building in Santa Rosa yesterday. Sounds like heavy rains with waterways overflowing the banks and closing off roadways. Time to throw out the anchor in CA. For us on the east coast we are warmer than usual...........high 30s to low 50s during the day with nights low 20s to mid 30s...balmy. Almost ready to pull out the shorts and flip flops.

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#60 Post by Casey Hartlip » February 15th, 2019, 8:56 am

Plenty of snow last night at about 2000 feet. We should see some big cells of cold showers today.
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#61 Post by Merrill Lindquist » February 15th, 2019, 11:53 am

Just pouring for 3 days and probably for 3 nights. I mean all the time. The sun broke through for a bit, and I thought it was done. I went a couple of miles down the road to go to the store, and by the time I got there, it was dark and sprinkling. By the time I got home it was (and is) pouring. Only 43 degrees outside. Miserable.
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#62 Post by Merrill Lindquist » February 15th, 2019, 12:27 pm

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#63 Post by Christopher Barnes » February 15th, 2019, 7:21 pm

Yeah it has been raining quite a bit up here in Oregon as well. Apparently this is due to the "ridiculously resilient ridge", that normally keeps us warm and dry (and the east coast cold), shifting or "flipping". So basically this is what it is like when we get something similar to a polar vortex...
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#64 Post by Casey Hartlip » February 17th, 2019, 7:41 am

Christopher Barnes wrote:
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Yeah it has been raining quite a bit up here in Oregon as well. Apparently this is due to the "residually resilient ridge", that normally keeps us warm and dry (and the east coast cold), shifting or "flipping". So basically this is what it is like when we get something similar to a polar vortex...
Welcome to the thread Christopher. It will be nice to get the Oregon story this season.

We just reached 30 inches for the season (which begins July 1st). It's always such a relief to not be in a drought situation. Also quite pleased that the next week shows some cool temps to keep those vines from doing anything silly.
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#65 Post by Paul Gordon » February 17th, 2019, 7:03 pm

Snowed again last night. Snow level was around 2300ft. That is the fourth round of snow in the last 2 weeks.
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#66 Post by Merrill Lindquist » February 23rd, 2019, 8:38 am

The weather has been sunny but on the cold side - 50 degrees during the day is cold. Mornings have been from 32 degrees to 40, except this morning it was 25 degrees at 6:30! It started out sunny, but is now clouding up. There is a lot of pruning going on, but still many vineyards that have yet to see the pruning sheers. My vineyard is just aglow with mustard and other plants - I hate to have the guys come in to prune and while doing so, trample that cover down. Maybe next weekend, though.
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#67 Post by William Segui » February 25th, 2019, 2:44 pm

Weather person said 6" for Yountville in the coming days. Not sure where all that water is supposed to go, we have barely cleared all the runoff from last week.

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#68 Post by Bdklein » February 25th, 2019, 5:05 pm

Good luck with the rains you West Coast US folks .
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#69 Post by Merrill Lindquist » February 25th, 2019, 5:09 pm

My place was dry before this new round started. I looked at the days ahead, and it looks like the only sunny day in sight is Thursday.
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#70 Post by William Segui » February 26th, 2019, 9:00 am

if this second wave of rain comes in this afternoon as forecasted, there will be a number of road closures here in the Valley

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#71 Post by Merrill Lindquist » February 26th, 2019, 4:55 pm

The waves never stopped here - day or night. Road closures are being broadcast.
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#72 Post by Paul Gordon » February 26th, 2019, 5:54 pm

We just hit 9in of rain from this storm. Still raining hard. I think that this is the most powerful two days of rain since we bought the property in 2003.
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#73 Post by bretrooks » February 26th, 2019, 5:57 pm

The all-time daily precipitation record for Santa Rosa was broken today, and that there could be a couple more inches before midnight...wow.

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#74 Post by Merrill Lindquist » February 27th, 2019, 7:15 am

The rain never stopped, day or night. We are not talking sprinkles. It appears to have finally stopped, but there are mandatory evacuations in Sonoma around the Russian River, and a list of perhaps 2 dozen road closures up and down Napa Valley. Think I will stick to Calistoga today.
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#75 Post by Merrill Lindquist » February 27th, 2019, 8:00 am

Scratch that. It is now raining again - lightly but steadily. There will be no drought conditions in my area this summer!
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#76 Post by R M Kriete » February 27th, 2019, 10:36 am

Will all this weather push budbreak back this year?

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#77 Post by Merrill Lindquist » February 27th, 2019, 2:14 pm

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Will all this weather push budbreak back this year?
Can't tell. To my knowledge the rain has nothing to do with the timing of budbreak. Temperature is what will drive it.
Let us see what is in store for us.
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#78 Post by Casey Hartlip » February 27th, 2019, 3:06 pm

Having the root zone so wet can delay budbreak, especially compared to when we have very dry springs and it's easier for the roots to warm up.
Just now home from a week on the road. Pretty amazing amount of water out there. Will check on the job site tomorrow.
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#79 Post by timmy roos » February 28th, 2019, 6:29 am

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#80 Post by Karen Troisi » February 28th, 2019, 11:12 am

This is not directly vineyard-related but kudos to the Army Corps of Engineers on the Napa flood project. They saved downtown Napa this week.

Thoughts are with the folks in the RRV - its pretty bad over there.
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#81 Post by Merrill Lindquist » February 28th, 2019, 12:05 pm

When I saw that Silverado Trail was closed from Pope St. (the way-too-narrow bridge connecting the Trail to Route 29 in downtown St. Helena) to Zinfandel Lane, I decided I would give it another day before driving to Napa to my warehouse. I've got plenty to do here
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#82 Post by Matthew Brown » February 28th, 2019, 12:11 pm

How is this comparing to the last few floods there? Last bigger one was 3-4 years ago? I happened to be in RRV in 2004 right about this time of year for Premiere Napa Valley, and stayed at Hartford Court overnight. We left for Petaluma (Lagunitas tasting) about an hour before Martinelli Road was closed, so I have that for comparison.
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#83 Post by Casey Hartlip » February 28th, 2019, 4:32 pm

I visited the job today. Guys and gals pruning and tying away. Buds still holding tight.....a sigh of relief from the farmer.
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#84 Post by Merrill Lindquist » February 28th, 2019, 4:43 pm

I put my boots on and walked the vineyard in the sunlight. For the first time ever, I saw about an inch of standing water from 1-3 vines in, in some rows, coming from the South, so closest to the Trail and Diamond Mountain. It was very quiet out there, and I could hear the ground taking in the water. Nothing close to fuzzy buds. Hoping to prune by weekend's end.
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#86 Post by Casey Hartlip » March 2nd, 2019, 6:13 am

POURING outside right now.
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#87 Post by Christopher Barnes » March 3rd, 2019, 6:46 am

Here is a link to a climate report that explains the current weather that we're experiencing. This is written by Dr. Jones who is very well respected in the Oregon wine industry (and perhaps elsewhere?).

https://www.linfield.edu/wine/weather-a ... ports.html
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#88 Post by Casey Hartlip » March 5th, 2019, 7:58 am

And so.....here we go again. South winds picking up. Forecast calling for a couple more inches of rain. We've had a couple of days of runoff so what the heck, bring it on I guess. Going to go in lock down and work on my water rights reporting.
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#90 Post by Paul Gordon » March 9th, 2019, 4:31 pm

Snowed again last night. Turned to sleet and rain by midday. We are at 58in of rain for the season. That is our average for a full year.
Finishing up pruning. Absolutely zero movement on the buds. Going to be a mid-April budbreak at the earliest.

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#91 Post by Casey Hartlip » March 10th, 2019, 7:19 am

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Snowed again last night. Turned to sleet and rain by midday. We are at 58in of rain for the season. That is our average for a full year.
Finishing up pruning. Absolutely zero movement on the buds. Going to be a mid-April budbreak at the earliest.

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What a difference a few miles makes! We have recorded 39 inches this season.
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Snowed again last night. Turned to sleet and rain by midday. We are at 58in of rain for the season. That is our average for a full year.
Finishing up pruning. Absolutely zero movement on the buds. Going to be a mid-April budbreak at the earliest.

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#93 Post by Merrill Lindquist » March 11th, 2019, 4:03 pm

Oh so sunny and warm (65 here right now at the house - vineyard feels even warmer). Overnight there was a heavy frost - all white out there this morning.

Tomorrow we finally prune, and getting seriously into shipping. Seems like the last few years we go from freezing and below for extended periods of time to almost too warm. But we get it done.
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#94 Post by Casey Hartlip » March 13th, 2019, 8:25 am

Pruning is done! I had a meeting yesterday with my two head guys to plan out the next couple of weeks. Obviously with all of our cane pruning, we have thousands of canes to be tied out on the wires. Wires? As always tons of trellis repairs to do, especially when you have some fields dating back to the mid 70's.

Frost systems are being flushed and tested which usually takes 4-5 days. We also have stakes on hand for the 8.5 acre field that we laid out months ago. Tractors are serviced and ready but the fields will need many days to dry out. Cover crop not ready anyway.
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#95 Post by Merrill Lindquist » March 13th, 2019, 5:08 pm

Pruning did not happen yesterday as planned. The wet weather has set much of the pruning back. But a partial crew showed up today, and I am grateful for that. We will continue on tomorrow.

The weather is very warm and sunny, although frosty in the mornings. I'm not seeing any fuzzy buds, but I would not go searching for them, either. Not going to do any good.
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#96 Post by Casey Hartlip » March 16th, 2019, 7:10 pm

Drove my grandson to a soccer match in Napa today. What a glorious day it was. Went down 'the trail' and thought I saw Merrill out there with her pruning shears in hand whacking on those Cabernet vines.

Warm weather brought out the touristas in mass. Drove my grandson up to the Sattui castle and it was mayhem up there. That has obviously become a must see attraction for folks from out of the area.

Some of my black oaks around my house came out today. More rain next week! Really? I will never complain about winter rainfall.
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#97 Post by Merrill Lindquist » March 18th, 2019, 1:15 pm

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Drove my grandson to a soccer match in Napa today. What a glorious day it was. Went down 'the trail' and thought I saw Merrill out there with her pruning shears in hand whacking on those Cabernet vines.

Warm weather brought out the touristas in mass. Drove my grandson up to the Sattui castle and it was mayhem up there. That has obviously become a must see attraction for folks from out of the area.

Some of my black oaks around my house came out today. More rain next week! Really? I will never complain about winter rainfall.
Yeah, that was I out there, but not with pruning shears. I go out and see what the guys are doing - these guys have been working for me for 15 years, and they have been honing their skills for a lot longer than that.
I was amazed how quickly they move from shoot to shoot, vine to vine. They are pros...it would take me so much longer, and I don't have their strength nor expertise.

Now when it comes to cluster selection, that is when I have shears in hand. I know exactly what I want.
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#98 Post by Karen Troisi » March 18th, 2019, 3:55 pm

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#99 Post by Merrill Lindquist » March 18th, 2019, 4:27 pm

I was just out in the vineyard and noticed that my one vine of Thompson Seedless table grapes have popped some buds. Time to keep and eye on the Cabernet.
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#100 Post by Casey Hartlip » March 23rd, 2019, 8:27 am

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It's on now. Chard bud on 2015 planting of clone 17. We are officially on frost watch now. Need to hurry and get these things tied to the wire!
Ordway's Valley Foothills

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