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Curt in the Dirt - Winery Updates Back to Curt in the Dirt

May, 2016

The vineyard is alive with activity as the plants are growing vigorously and forming flower buds that will bloom soon.

The grape plants are amazing considering just a few weeks ago they were dormant and now the shoots can grow several inches per day. It also creates vegetation that we don’t want. That is where our current activity, suckering and shoot thinning comes in.

As part of our winter pruning, we try to tell the plant where we want the new grapes to form, but the plants don’t listen. They will send out suckers on the cordon that goes from the ground to the fruiting wire as well as shoots in between where we have tried to tell the plants to grow grapes.

The cordon is the main structure of the grapevine that comes out of the ground and is hand-trained to the fruiting wire. All of the growth of the plant emerges from the cordon.

This unwanted growth needs to be removed by hand as it takes energy from the plant and also creates clutter that reduces ventilation.

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Ventilation is critical later in the season to help prevent mold, mildew, and bunch rot. Suckering and shoot thinning is a very labor intensive but a necessary step in the vineyard management process.

 



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