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VinesnBines

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I was able, before the pandemic, to take several classes through a community collage viticulture and enology program. They are starting back with classes this year, so I may get a few more under my belt. I didn't learn everything but it was a help to understand a lot.

It looks like Wisconsin has a Grape Growers Association. I strongly encourage you to join. Talking to other growers and looking around other vineyards (not just in passing on the road) is really helpful. I looks like they have several past events and I expect they will be having more soon. They have a classified page and I see someone had grow tubes for sale. Our VA association exchange has really been useful for me. I have bought a lot of used items off the exchange. I even was able to get some free bottles last year.

One thing about viticulture; everyone is willing to help and no one is in competition. Like the pandemic, we are all in this together.
 

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One negative with TWC is the as the shoots grow from the cordon they act as a sail and tend to get blown about as they are only loosely tied to the top wire. I think a wire one foot below the top wire would help anchor the new shoots.
 

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I‘m thinking you’ve got one heck of a nice Christmas tree for this year along with an awesome view of your new babies!
 

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I‘m thinking you’ve got one heck of a nice Christmas tree for this year along with an awesome view of your new babies!
I won’t be waiting for Christmas. I’ll be firing up the chainsaw the next cool day I get. It’s funny. I’ve always hated that tree because it’s too big and messy but my wife wouldn’t let me cut it down. She’s the one who complained she couldn’t see the vineyard 🤣. I can fix that!
 

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When looking at a pest management guide I saw that Asian lady beetles are a problem
I hope not! We have them by the ton, being surrounded by either corn or soy beans. I believe they eat aphids, not grapes or grape leaves.

There are spring and fall days when it is unpleasant to be outside because they are so plentiful.

What I DO know is that they STINK. When I pick my first harvest this year I will be sure to shake them off as they would be a terrible addition to the wine.
 

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I hope not! We have them by the ton, being surrounded by either corn or soy beans. I believe they eat aphids, not grapes or grape leaves.

There are spring and fall days when it is unpleasant to be outside because they are so plentiful.

What I DO know is that they STINK. When I pick my first harvest this year I will be sure to shake them off as they would be a terrible addition to the wine.
Same here! As far as I know they are a problem because they hide in the clusters and taint the wine. I recently saw a link heee on getting them out of the grapes but can’t find it.
 
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