Cook Vineyard Weekly Newsletter 3..12
April is upon us.
The vineyards are all beginning to show signs of life. The latest storms have given the vineyards a lot of moisture. As the longer days raise our temperatures, we will start to see a lot of growth.
Even though we are below our average rainfall for the year, it would be best to have dry warm weather from here on out.
Grapevines are susceptible to mildew. Normally at two inches of growth we will start our fungicide program. With the added moisture in the ground it will be hard for us to get tractors in the field. It is also important for us to mow between the vines to allow the cold air to drop to the floor of the vineyard and not the fruiting zone during a frost event.
Mother Nature was nice giving us the March rains to help our rain totals, but hopefully we don’t get too much of a good thing. The old saying “A farmer is never happy with the weather” may be somewhat of a true statement.
If anyone wants to visit us in the vineyards to learn more about the world of viticulture, Please call us at 707.490.8921. Also check our website www.cvmgrapes.com.