Bud Break in the Barbera!

Bud break in the Barbera! Stage 05 in the "Modified E-L System.
Bud break in the Barbera! Stage 05 in the “Modified E-L System.

Exciting news!  We have bud burst in the Barbera of our Myles Anderson Vineyard.  We are now in the third growing season of this vineyard with anticipation of some fruit to play with come harvest.

Wooly bud, stage 03, in the Merlot.
Wooly bud, stage 03, in the Merlot.

In lecture yesterday we were provided with the Modified Eichhorn-Lorenz system.  The original is a communication tool devised in the 70’s for all viticultural stages during the growing season; it was modified in the 90’s to reflect an average of certain stages due to varietal differences.  We were still in the first, winter bud stage last week – tight small buds.  To see so much change in five days is exciting.  I expect we will see progress in the Merlot, in the Stan Clarke Vineyard, before the end of the week as we have such warm, sunny, Spring weather this week.

Now we hope and pray for no frost as we begin to monitor the progress and observe the insect/arachnid varieties present.  Naturally, we hope to keep the bad bugs to a minimum and the good bugs close by should they be needed.

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