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August 14, 2008

More Hail Damage

Shannon and I watched helplessly this afternoon as another brutal hail storm came through. It was coming down so hard it was piling up against the door - when it was over we had several inches of ice pellets piled up. I just didn't even want to go out into the vineyard, but had to go evaluate the extent of the damage. Holy shit. What a disaster. We lost even more fruit than we did last storm, but the real concern this time is the canopy damage. It looks like someone went through the vineyard with a shotgun blowing holes in every vine. The rows are littered with leaves, new shoots, and even some clusters which were entirely knocked off by a large ice pellet. This growing season is getting more challenging by the day...

Posted by Stephen at August 14, 2008 11:16 AM