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April 6, 2010

Uh Oh, Bud Break Already...?

Hmmm - a very worrisome development has occurred. We've already had bud break, which is about three weeks earlier than is typical. Looks like the unseasonably warm weather has fooled the vines into thinking it is time to emerge from dormancy. Have no idea what the net effect of this will be on the growing season i.e. will we be harvesting three weeks early as well, or will we get the added benefit of a longer ripening season? Time will tell.

The thing that is going to keep me up at night though is now knowing we have an additional three weeks of frost danger to content with. A hard frost would be devastating to the new shoots, with huge potential crop losses. Let's all keep our fingers crossed. Welcome to agriculture in Virginia...

Posted by Stephen at April 6, 2010 11:23 AM