Cook Vineyard Weekly Newsletter 4.16.12
Mother Nature has decided to embrace us with her warm side this week. So far April’s weather has been cool and damp so this will be a welcomed hug.
So how has the cold weather affected the vineyards?
First of all, the rainy weather in March and April helped us in our rain totals for the year. This also kept some frost away during our early frost season. The warm temperatures now along with the moist ground are going to make the vineyards start to grow at a high rate. In ideal conditions we could see an inch of growth per day. So the answer would be that vintage 2012 has begun with some great weather patterns that will compliment each other.
This week we are finishing up our fertilizer program and starting our fungicide programs in both organic and sustainable vineyards. Most vineyards will see an application of copper and sulpher (both are organic products).
This time of year our vineyards dry quickly due to the longer days and warm temperatures. This will allow us to get the tractors in the fields by the end of the week to mow and disk.
We are all looking forward to a busy week.
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.