2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread

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Re: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread

#51 Post by Casey Hartlip » February 13th, 2020, 6:23 am

Really not liking what the 10 day forecast is showing. Very dry out there for mid February.
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Re: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread

#52 Post by Jim Hartten » February 13th, 2020, 8:54 am

Good to see the 2020 weather blog up and running! Hope you farmers get the additional rain needed to set up the 2020 growing season. Also hoping for and looking forward to a great west coast growing season and a stellar 2020 vintage. [cheers.gif]

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#53 Post by Merrill Lindquist » February 13th, 2020, 3:13 pm

I was up and down the Valley the last 2 days and so no vineyards with standing water. Today is much cooler than the days earlier this week. The cover crop is now sprinkled with a good dose of mustard - it popped up yesterday. Of course the plant was there earlier, but the flowers just emerged.

Everywhere you go the conversation is about how fantastic the weather is and when are we going to get some more rain....
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#54 Post by Casey Hartlip » February 13th, 2020, 4:08 pm

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Stopped to smell the Manzanita flowers on the driveway this afternoon. Another sign of false spring.
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#55 Post by Kim Z » February 14th, 2020, 3:00 pm

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#56 Post by Casey Hartlip » February 17th, 2020, 8:40 pm

Feeling more uncomfortable with the California weather pattern. Things getting drier by the day. We are mowing pruning brush in fields we usually can't drive into during February. Small streams not running now. With dry soil the roots will warm up sooner and that COULD mean early budbreak if things continue. Lucky we have plenty of frost protection water stored but I can't say that for others in our area.
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#57 Post by Stewart Johnson » February 17th, 2020, 9:22 pm

My irrigation pond is still 3 feet from being full, and I've never started the season being short of full. There's still time, but I'm starting to think about irrigation contingencies. For one thing, I have a small grafting project that may have to push back a year because grafted vines take extra water.
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#58 Post by Casey Hartlip » February 20th, 2020, 7:21 pm

Funny to say but we are too far ahead on our pruning because of no rain. Short story: we have had too many nice weather days. We're going to back off to 4 day work weeks.
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#59 Post by Casey Hartlip » February 25th, 2020, 6:34 am

Going to touch 80 degrees the next couple of days. Things pretty dry out there. I'd imagine some buds must be popping somewhere? Anyone?
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#60 Post by Merrill Lindquist » February 25th, 2020, 7:44 am

60 degrees at 7:00 this morning and dry, dry, dry. At this rate we will be harvesting by 4th of July. That was a joke...I hope.
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Re: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread

#61 Post by Jim Hartten » February 25th, 2020, 9:34 am

pileon Just saw a national weather service forecast calling for an early spring this year. [stirthepothal.gif]

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Re: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread

#62 Post by Casey Hartlip » February 25th, 2020, 5:43 pm

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A little diversion from the vineyard rat race today. Took a walk around the edges today to clear my head. This one is called hounds tongue. Shooting stars and Indian paintbrush will be right behind. Say prayers for rain in Cali folks!
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