- May 19, 2019
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- Northern Virginia
Sorry to hear it. Mine is about 40-50% damage on the hybrids (2/3 of my vineyard) and none on my Cab Franc. Looks like it’s going to be cold again tonight so we’ll see what happens.Welcome to farming my vineyard has 80% frost damage this is the second time I have had damage this year. You can smell the frost damage
It’s definitely an outdoor classroom.This is my livelihood that grew from a hobby my retirement job! Love every day not in a classroom I like my outside classroom
Welcome to farming!It’s definitely an outdoor classroom.
2017 - I learned about black rot and Japanese beetles
2018 - I learned about suffocating rains
2019 - I learned about hornworm caterpillars
2020 - I learned about downy mildew and grape cane girdlers
2021 - I’ve learned about frost and can’t wait to see what else!
Gorgeous. I can almost hear the contentment of those happy vines from 2300 miles away. I’ll never stop being jealous of you west coast guys. I’m originally from there myself and my father lives probably not too far from you in Rocklin but I ended up in Virginia for work so get to fight the full spectrum of rots, mildews, bugs, and frost while dreaming of California growing conditions!We are doing our first suckering pass here in Nor Cal, head trained Cab Franc.
This is my first year with frost so I’ll have a better sense of what will happen in my particular vineyard later in the season but my understanding is it depends on the variety and how fruitful their secondary and tertiary buds are. What I’ve read says that Marquette tends to have fruitful secondary buds so I’m hopeful that I’ll still get a decent crop this year. Other varieties can have less or unfruitful secondary and tertiary buds and may not set a crop if the primaries are damaged but can come back the following year if the new shoots are cared for. On a side note I thought this photo that President Macron tweeted a couple weeks ago of vignerons in France burning special candles to try to protect their vines from the frost was really interesting. They’re having a tough year there.Just curious... what happens after frost/cold damage? Does the growth & harvest just get pushed back a couple of weeks or does the vine produce little or no fruit that year? My vineyard's in its second year now in the north east (RI) and have not yet experienced any cold damage (to greenery). We've experienced a little winter dormant damage but they are young plants and expected it.
I would like to buy some of those special candles picture is impressive