Marquette veraision

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One marquette vine is starting to turn for me in southern WI 20190731_202246.jpg

Petite pearl vines are still super green
 

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Yes, very vigorous too. I bought an owl with the bobbing head and it scares them straight. When I mounted it, I thought to myself that a small wind vane would help the head move. Then it dawned on me that there was a clear piece of plastic I found inside the body. And wouldn't you know it, it just happened to fit into a small slot on the back of the owls head. Now its head will turn with the slightest breeze. Gives it a life like appearance and the birds keep their distance.

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I had to deploy my local "air force" this AM. I found two young Spotted Towhee's raiding the few berries that had turned. I blasted them with high power water and they just laughed at me. Then I put up the boys and suddenly they left neighborhood post haste......

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You don't need net?
 

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I'm netted and well into veraison. I'll harvest in a week or so. I have the refractometer ready and calibrated. I make my first test Monday.
 

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I do both, but the birds sometimes can peck the grapes through the mess. This is just added insurance.
I am a big believer in backing up the net with scare device. I use scare tape instead of fake owls, but the idea is the same: scare them off before they have time to ponder how to get inside the net. Last year, only coons and possum got inside the nets to cause any real harm.

I might add some owls if they work that well. The scare tape is pretty good if there is some breeze, but a backup for calm days would be nice.

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Marquette is red fruit profile, right? It is a relative of Pinot Noir.
So, is it better to oak it or not oak it? Your thought?
 
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Here in SW Ontario (near Woodstock) veraison starts on Marquette the first week in August. That is when I do summer pruning and net all the vines or the birds will take most of the crop. We are about 4 weeks behind the DC area in terms of the arrival of Spring.
 

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