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Old 09-09-2016, 08:07 PM   #151
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Great start to our first harvest. 400 lbs of Foch harvested this afternoon
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Old 09-09-2016, 08:12 PM   #152
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Old 02-14-2017, 05:38 AM   #153
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The spring season of 2017 is once again upon us. I have been going through and long pruning the vines to help elevate work later this spring. Below are two pictures of TWC trellised 4th leaf Foch. I am not finished pruning these, but I am wondering about the spur growth. Is it okay for the spurs to grow downwards? Should I try getting them to go side to side, and if so how as they appear to want to grow the direction they go. Also, does anyone have recommendations about wrapping the cordon around the wire?

I know there are too many buds currently, which I will be cleaning up at a later time.

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Old 02-14-2017, 06:52 AM   #154
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Yes you may wrap the cordon around the wire. First trim the canes back to spurs and you can use the spurs to help hold the cordon in place. If it doesn't want to stay, tie it with an expandable material. Since Foch is fairly hardy you can prune the spurs back to just a couple nodes. When you shorten them up you will notice that they mostly go off to the side a bit. See the picture for an example.
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Old 02-24-2017, 09:19 PM   #155
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Marquette grapes are finicky. I had them in Wyoming. The late frosts kill them a lot of years, and they are not big producers. There are other cold climate grapes that produce more. New ones that are awesome are Crimson Perl and Verona. For reds, I would plant them over Marquette. Edelweiss makes a great wine. There is a commercial winery in Nebraska that produces great Edelweiss, Macs Creek in Lexington.

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Marquette grapes are not really finicky. They do break bud early and can be susceptible to late spring freezes, but they can produce very heavy if done correctly. Twenty to thirty pounds per vine is attainable. Here are some pictures mainly of Marquette that the leaves dropped off. We had so many of them we didn't have room for them. I have been growing Marquette for over 10 years now and it has become the best selling cold climate red wine.
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You sure know how to make a grown winemaker cry Rich! Can't believe those went to waste.........
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Old 04-20-2017, 07:39 PM   #158
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It has been a good spring around the vineyard. The temps keep fluctuating and hopefully we will be able to keep some cool temps in the forecast to delay bud break. This pictures were taken a couple days ago on Marquette. It should be a little while longer as the weather looks to be in the mid 50's for the next 10 days. Here's to another season.

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Looks great. I think I will prune mine this weekend.
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Looks great. Hope your past any frost danger.

 
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