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    Finished pruning now to spray

    Does anyone know if Lime-sulfur liquids for pets can be used to spray vines?
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    Removing vines

    Why not graft on to them? They will come back into production sooner.
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    Northern Kentucky. Grape Growing

    In the midst of what individuals are saying about the ability to grow vinifera in the East, don't lose sight of the weekly or bi weekly spray schedule from bud break to post harvest. The spray regimen is intense, complicated by the need to rotate sprays. Many of the effective sprays are quite...
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    To hybrid or not to hybrid in central NC?

    I think you are asking an interesting question. I am seeing growers of vinifera in your part of the country struggling with vinifera. Temperature in winter or ripening period seems to not be a problem. The problems arise with the humidity and rain. It seems that even with intense spray regimens...
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    Bees, Birds and damaged grapes - what to do?

    Thyme Guard is an insect repellent I plan on using just prior to harvest next year.
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    Latest southern WI vineyard

    Here is the Bug-B-Gone product label. It isn't easy to find. The active ingredients are Bifenthrin, and Zeta-Cypermethrin. It says you can use it on raspberries, but doesn't say anything either...
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    Latest southern WI vineyard

    I had the same problems with wasps and hornets. I learned this year that when they show up things are going to deteriorate quickly. I probably waited a week too long to pick.
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    Looks great.
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    Latest southern WI vineyard

    I picked my Petite Pearl in N. Illinois yesterday. Mine got stuck at 19-20 brix, and the quality started going downhill. They don't hang well. With all the rain coming I thought it was best to pick. Ph 3.65. I got six gallons of must.
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    Latest southern WI vineyard

    There are a number of yeasts that consume the malic acid. They really are quite remarkable at bringing down the acid levels. Maurivin B is one that I have used.
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    Good source for small quantity of corks

    I just bought 45 Flor quality corks for $40.50, shipping included, at Widgetco.
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    New Grower Needs Advice

    On Amazon you can buy inexpensive garden powder dusters. Also there you can buy a lb of Diatomaceous earth. It is a clay that is mined, composed of prehistoric diatom skeletons. The dust is microscopically razor sharp. Think of the little creatures crawling on broken glass after you apply it...
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    New Grower Needs Advice

    Ellen if you can find a little duster and diatomaceous earth, the little aphids will soon be gone.
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    Japanese beetles help

    Dennis I couldn't find failed or successful experiments testing the diatomaceous earth, either at the homeowner level, or university type studies. Now I wish they would show up again...
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    Japanese beetles help

    Rice_Guy Kudos for thinking outside the box!
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    Japanese beetles help

    Regarding Japanese beetles, I have had good luck daily shooting them directly with Sevin. I think maybe some of us are overlooking an organic solution that is inexpensive and perhaps no more time consuming. I'm thinking that Diatomaceous earth may very well be equally efficacious. It seems very...
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    My grapes are threatened!

    For aphids and aphid like creatures, a non chemical treatment is diatomaceous earth, applied with a duster.
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    Verona Thread

    Now two years later, I have some Verona that will be ready to pick soon. Some are at 20 Brix today. I'll weigh the bunches and take some pictures. My Petite Pearl are at 17 Brix, so at least this year the Verona seem to be an earlier ripening variety.
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    Need help with pest id

    It isn't easy being a scientist.
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    Marquette Grape?

    I suspect that training in an S shape will cause apical dominance issues. Some of the nodes will grow strongly and others perhaps not at all.
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