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July, 2017

Curt in the Dirt July 2017

Hot, hot, hot! This is by far the hottest June we have experienced since planting our first grapes in 2008. We rarely get over 100 degrees and the hottest temperature our weather station has recorded prior to this year was 101. Last week we had three days in a row that hit 107 degrees! I didn’t think it was physically possible to get to those types of temperatures at 5,000 feet elevation. Now I know better!

Not sure how the heat is going to impact the fruit. The plants are showing some stress (except the Petite Sirah which is pretty much bullet proof) and berry growth has slowed. Hopefully we can get the monsoon cranked up soon to break this heatwave.
We sprayed micronutrients and fungicide in June and are now applying calcium and nitrogen through the irrigation system to give the plants one more little push before they start to ripen the grapes. The following photo indicates the differences in cluster formation between LDV's different varietals as they are currently growing.

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