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April, 2017

LDV Winery
The vineyard looks great. We are pleased with the uniformity of the bud break throughout the vineyard and the vines are very healthy looking.

Though LDV is not planting this year, there is a lot to do in the vineyard. The first spring nutrients (calcium nitrate) have been applied. Copper and boron were applied topically (directly on to the leaves) along with mineral oil to suffocate any pathogens.
This is critical because pathogens could come back later in the summer as bunch rot. Next week iron and zinc will be applied to stimulate blooming. In the next few weeks, the crew will begin to sucker and shoot thin. This is important to ensure that the vines receive maximum energy to promote flowering.

April is still a scary month for frost (i.e. temperatures below 32 degrees for a significant period). Frost will kill or damage the buds eliminating fruit production. Early May is typically when the threat of frost is diminished. Keep your fingers crossed.

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