Warm Spring Keeps Growers Busy

The Yakima Valley has experienced an unseasonably warm spring keeping wine grape growers busy. Warm weather this time of year shows the promise of another great vintage. “An early bloom usually means a good vintage,” according to Dick Boushey, Boushey Vineyard.

Red Willow Vines

Red Willow Vines

Red Willow Vineyard on May 23, 2013

Red Willow Vineyard on May 23, 2013

Beeman’s Vineyard – Yakima Valley
Frost protection with wind machines was quite successful with minimal bud damage during the cold spell in late April and early May. Vine growth proceeding nicely, some up to 10+ inches. Cluster count good, mostly two per spur, and in pre bloom. Early drip irrigation started during the hot spell in mid May. Crown and trunk suckering currently being performed by hand labor. Attempting to put on first mildew spray but cool, wet weather this week is delaying spraying.

DuBrul Vineyard – Yakima Valley
Things are looking good. The ladies are shoot thinning in the Chardonnay and Syrah. This opens up the canopy to allow light penetration and air flow for proper ripening and to lesson the disease pressure.

Shoot thinning at DuBrul Vineyard

Shoot thinning at DuBrul Vineyard

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