Spring has sprung.......

Monday, April 20, 2015

While it may not look much like spring out there these days (pruning on snowshoes in April anyone?), the days are getting longer and temperatures are getting warmer!  The forecast for this week looks like we may finally get rid of some snow - with that I expect there will be a mad rush to get vines pruned and tied.

If you are not subscribed to the Penn State "Wine and Grapes U" Blog - you should check out the latest post by Michela Centinari on Updates on Freeze Injury in Grapevines.  There's a great link in there for a YouTube video on how you should be modifying your pruning if you do have winter injury in your crop as well as some information on how to protect from Spring frost.

And while it still seems a long way off - Kristin Obeid from OMAFRA has posted a great 'primer' on pre-emergent herbicides and grapes.

I suspect the window for both pruning and getting sprays (dormant sprays and pre-emergent herbicides) applied will be greatly compressed this year and you may need to make some decisions on what your top priorities are for certain blocks or varieties and spend your time where the most difference can be made!




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