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  1. Apr 23, 2019 #681

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    Signs of Spring in Northern NM. Marquette is (as usual) first out of the gates. Noiret and Corot Noir are still buttoned up. Ornamental Apple is in full bloom. Average last day of frost is May 7th. We have had late hard freeze (22F) on May 22nd a few years back. If you look close at the hummingbird feeder (left side) you can see a hummer that stopped by right when I was taken the snap of the vine.

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  2. May 4, 2019 #682

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    Well like the song........

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    It's too late to turn back now.........

     
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    I'm at the same stage as well. The closer we get to the middle of May, the better. I have new vines shipping tomorrow, so I'll be busy this week with them. We have had a ton of rain and I'm hoping to get a spray in soon. I've not been able spray for days and as humid as it is, I'll be growing fungus vs. grapes. Got to stay ahead of the DM here.
     
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    PS. Your grapes look happy and healthy too.
     
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    One of the benefits of growing grapes in the desert Southwest. Literally zero disease pressure.
     
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    In the Ohio Valley region, if it's not been treated for fungus, then it has fungus. That goes for about everything living.
     
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    Dodged a bullet this morning. Late cold front came though yesterday and by 7:00pm it was down to 40F. It was solid clouds as well so I was hoping the clouds would hold some heat in and save us. It did. We got down to 34F this morning around 5:00AM and that didn't stay long. Hopefully clear sailing from here until we reach the Monsoon/Hail season.

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    33F for an hour this morning......... Come on Mother Nature it's May the 22nd. Enough!
     
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    Been to cool and wet here. I'm fighting phomopsis now. It's only effecting the Concord vines. I only have a few intermixed to promote pollination or the America variety I grow.

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    Wow. I'll say. Good luck!

     
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    Typically it's only DM that I have to worry about. But this year, if it's not raining, then the wind is blowing a good clip (like today). I'd say the weather is in some sort of erratic cycle.
     
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    June bloom! Things are moving along in the wine garden. We got down to 31 for a few hours about a month ago and a couple of the Noiret vines got burnt right at bud break of course. Funny thing was all the Marquette was just happy as could be and suffered no damage at all. We got a nice overnight rain on Monday and the vines are happy happy happy.

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    Recovering Noiret. More than likely no grapes from these two vines this year.

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    @ibglowin Our climates are kind of similar now (except for about 3000 feet elevation) and last week someone told me harvest out here is around late August. I didn't get the reasons this happens but Hail damage to the crops was mentioned. When you you usually pick??
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    Late August to early September. Since I have a couple varieties they always ripen at different times. I try and let the early variety hang a bit longer if possible (also lowers acid levels) and harvest all at the same time. Sometimes I pick and then put in cold storage. Just depends on circumstances with each harvest year.

    That 3000ft EL difference also means I am left with cold hardy varieties as my only real viable option as we always get down to around 0F each Winter +/- 5F.
     

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