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June 3, 2006

Vineyard Chores

Since we were out of town last weekend enjoying a mini-vacation at Deep Creek Lake for Memorial Day, it was back to the grind today. Chores for this weekend are:

- Shoot position 2 acres of last year's planting
- Spray fungicide
- Spray herbicide in the rows
- Mow the vineyard

I did a few things at the house before heading to the vineyard, and as soon as I got there I realized the shoot positioning was going to take a lot longer than I had planned. Some of the cab franc vines are already about 8' tall! So instead of shoot positioning taking hours like I had hoped, it took almost 7 hours.

Once that was done, I decided to spray the fungicide, since at this stage of the vine's growth that is more critical than a few weeds in the rows. Alas, the larger canopy threw off my spray calculations and I came up short by one damn row which I will have to spray tomorrow. I suppose I could have gone over to the neighbor's and gotten some more water, but I was burned out (and sun burned) and ready to call it a day. Tomorrow I'll finish that last row with fungicide, and get the herbicide down. Probably won't mow until next weekend, since the grass isn't really that bad so there is no sense in mowing early. Here's what I sprayed today:

Microthiol Special - rate 3 lb per acre
Dithane DF Rainshield Nt - rate 3 lb per acre

BTW, as I was spraying the fungicide the wind kept changing direction on me so I ended up with a lot of copper and sulfur on me. It was kind of weird what the chemicals did to my silver ring - instant tarnish. A quick search of the Internet confirmed my suspicions - tarnish is actually silver sulfide, thus the contact with the microthiol (sulfur) turned my silver celtic ring black. Kewl. And yes, I'll wear gloves from now on.

Posted by Stephen at June 3, 2006 8:42 PM