March 24, 2010: Budbreak
Most of the vineyards have awakened from their long winter sleep. (In vit terms we call that budbreak). We will start our first organic sprays on Friday (Copper and Sulphur), that should be when the growth hits 2 inches. Hopefully it does not rain or we will have to reapply. It is important to get the copper spray out, since it helps protect the green tissue from frost.
The vineyards are going to get very active in the upcoming weeks. We are mowing in Carneros so the frost will lay closer to the ground and away from the fruiting zone. Through the end of March our crews will be mowing and applying fungicides to the vineyards. We also are closing all the gates into the vineyards to protect them from the deer. Vineyards are very sensitive to deer during the bud break. CVM is very careful to make sure that our vineyards are deer free during this time and allow access for the deer around the vineyards.
March 23, 2010: Spring Cleanup
We've all seen it in Sonoma Valley, A lonely tractor stuck in the mud with a mower behind it. Why mow so early? the answer is Frost. Cold air is heavier than warm air. By mowing the grass we are creating more room for the cold air to settle down away from the fruiting zone.
This is very important in vineyards that bud out early and do not have a frost system. Plus lets face it a nice mowed vineyard always looks better than an uncut mess.
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