PRUNING CLASSES SPRING 2014

Vines awaiting pruning at Mitchell Vineyard
March 23, 2012 - that was a scary sight
Kate making wine September 2013
Foch vines end of season Nov 2013

GRAPE PRICES 2013   2014 prices will be set in July 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Variety

 

0-30 lb

31-100 lb

100+ lb

300+ lb

1000 lb

             

Concord

Purple, wine, eat

  1.30

 1.00

   .85

   .78

  .73

Foch

Red, wine

    .95

   .88

   .80

   .78

  .73

Millot

Red, wine

    .95

   .88

   .80

   .78

  .73

Marquette

Red, wine

    .95

   .90

   .86

   .82

  .76

St Croix

Red, wine

    .95

   .88

   .80

   .78

  .73

Frontenac

Red, wine

    .95

   .88

   .80

   .78

  n/a

Noiret

Red, wine

  1.20

 1.00

   n/a

   n/a

  n/a

Delaware

Pink, wine, eat

  1.25

   .88

   .80

   .78

  .73

LaCrescent

White, wine

    .95

   .88

   .80

   .78

  .73

Prairie Star

White, wine

  1.25

   .88

   .80

   .78

  .73

St Pepin

White, wine

    .95

   .90

   .85

   .80

  n/a

Aromella

White, dessert

  1.30

 1.00

   .90

   n/a

  n/a

Espirit

White, wine, eat

  1.30

 1.00

   .85

   n/a

  n/a

Somerset

Red, seedless

  1.30

 1.10

   .95

   .90

  n/a

Vanessa

Red, seedless

  1.30

 1.10

   .95

   .90

  n/a

Venus

Black, seedless

  1.30

 1.10  

   .95

   .90

  n/a

The Finest Grapes for Winemakers and Wineries

Grapes, Weather & Pests

SWD There is a new pest afoot, or should we say awing. It is a fruit fly, which comes with its own tree saw to deposit eggs into soft, ripening fruit, as in grapes, raspberries, strawberries and so on. If it hasn't bothered your grapes this year, it will soon, and it can be very destructive. Your grapes look fine, then 2 days later you notice these small depressions, discoloration, and then rot.  Unfortunately to keep it a bay from damaging fruit, weekly sprays may be needed. More information may be found at  UW-Madison SWD website.   There is also a lot more information out there for the searching.

 

 

 This season has been problematic for growing grapes without using fungicides, depending on what varieties you may have. The cool and wet spring, followed now by a wet and warm early summer, is perfect for disease development. The primary ones to be concerned about are black rot, downy mildew and powdery mildew. In a season like this is is best to protect susceptible varieties before problems are noticed. The 3 most important sprays of the year are the pre-blossom, post-blossom, and first cover spray about 7-10 days later. We are now past this point in our local grapes, but you may still be able to protect your precious grapes if you act now. Your local garden store should be able to supply you with good advice and products, both organic and non-organic. 

Added Note: Botrytris has been showing up in vineyards. Some of the infections may have taken root near bloom time, in late spring, and there is not much to be done about it now except removing infected fruid before it spreads. Dry weather may help some. You can also remove grape clusters that touch each other to try to prevent its spread. An unfortunate thing about many fruit rots is that you may not notice them till fruit begins to ripen or the picking point is near. Then, whoops!

 You can find out more about these diseases and helpful products on the Web. 

 

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