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#1 wxtrendsguy

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Posted 22 May 2013 - 08:39 AM

2586 vines in the ground, staked and grow tubes installed...Now please bring some rain...this is ridiculous...3 years in a row now with virtually no rain from late May to July...and then the heavens open up in Aug, Sep and Oct, I hope not again this year.

 

About 70% have bud break and the remaining 30% need a good dose of rain and then we'll be off to the races.  First vintage with estate grapes coming in 2016.

 

TTB is moving my application along so we might even be licensed in time for 2013 crush from neighboring vineyard, wouldn't that be nice...

 

 

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Posted 22 May 2013 - 08:42 AM

I guess I can no longer call this a hobby...it's my job for retirement, can't trust the government or stock market to provide it so I had better do it myself.


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Posted 22 May 2013 - 08:53 AM

Congratulations!  Don't let them dry out. 

 

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Posted 22 May 2013 - 11:19 AM

Congrats!

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Posted 22 May 2013 - 11:29 AM

Soil is still damp a few inches down from rain a couple of weeks ago...supposed to get an inch of rain tomorrow into Friday so keeping my fingers crossed since I do not have irrigation and no close by water source...


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Posted 22 May 2013 - 12:52 PM

Wow what is that, 4 acres or so?  Looks good but a lot of work.


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Posted 22 May 2013 - 02:03 PM

Well, get yer watering can and get to work i suppose! Good job, it looks awesome!

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Posted 22 May 2013 - 04:02 PM

Congratulations! Looks good and I hope you get some rain.


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Posted 22 May 2013 - 05:00 PM

Did you cover the vines with soil? Soil will protect them from drying out until it rains. High heat and dry weather can be detrimental to newly planted vines.


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Posted 22 May 2013 - 07:43 PM

Hi Eric, we mounded up the soil to just below the graft union figuring summer rain would beat the soil down as we move forward in time.

 

I was at the vineyard tonight digging around and all you have to do is go down an inch and the soil is damp, not wet but at least its damp...one nice thing about the humidity around here for the last 5 days is that it slows the evaporation of moisture from the soil.

 

Here is a picture from last weekend, but with the recent warm weather most of the vines have doubled the amount of growth in just a few days.

 

Speaking of storms..some are firing just to my west...come on Mother Nature bring me some rain.

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Posted 23 May 2013 - 04:07 AM

If they are growing, then the roots have started pumping water and the vines are good. If they have not started growing, then the roots may not have started pumping water, and the exposed portion of the vine is as risk of desiccation (drying out). The lack of root activity could be due to several factors, too dry, poor root to soil contact, or may still be somewhat dormant. Like you said earlier, a good rain will usually solve the first 2 factors. Time will solve the last one. 

As far as I know, all nurseries recommend covering the vines totally with soil to protect them from desiccation and from potential late frosts. It is not a big step in the planting process but can significantly increase the % take, usually to 100%, and it give the peace of mind that the vines are safe. Once the risk of frost is past, and the shoots are growing through the loose soil that is covering the vines, one only has to take a 4 prong hoe to pull the soil away and then install the grow tubes (if that is the plan). 

I know that I have mentioned this in several different posts, but it is a lesson that seems to be difficult for people to accept. 


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Posted 23 May 2013 - 06:38 AM

Congratulations!

Here in Tennessee new vines would never make it without watering, even though we get lots of rain, 56" or so a year.  We get dry spells for at least a few weeks every Summer and our high humidity isn't enough to keep new vines from drying out and dieing.  In fact, here, on new vines, if it hasn't rained in about 3 days I water.  A week would push the limit and 2 weeks would probably kill half the vines.  Even in my clay soil that retains moisture... it turns to brick when it bakes in the heat.  A couple Summers ago we had 21 days in a row 100 degrees or above.  I was doing an Auction under a tin roof every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 1pm through that, so I remember it too well.

My first year that I put in 300 vines, my city water bill hit $400, $600, $600 and $800 a month!  Then we put in a well, $4000.  It's good to have but I don't use it much now that my vines are in seasons 7 and 8.  This year we added a lot of new vines, so it'll get used plenty.  I know you're buried in start-up costs, but a well would be an excellent investment you'd never regret.


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Posted 23 May 2013 - 06:33 PM

Storms passed all around me last night...why doesn't that surprise me...but today we picked up 1/2" of rain.  Walked around the vineyard this evening and that 70% has now climbed to 90% or 95% bud break...oh yea we are off to the races.  More storms are lining up for an extended stay tonight...


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Posted 23 May 2013 - 08:46 PM

Wade, same situation here. It's either soft muddy clay or hard as a brick clay.

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Posted 30 May 2013 - 05:47 AM

So of course its going to be near 90 for the next 3 days, and we have only had about 1.5" of rain since planting at the beginning of the month.  About 90% have started growing some almost 12" already.  I have one row where 25 plants in a row did not take or break bud...I think its a bad batch from the nursery as they came in bundles of 25.

Anyway I am worried that I need to water at least once and of course my irrigation well has not been installed yet...local gov't delays and now I am at the back of the line for the well driller...usually it rains 4" a month around here in May but this spring is very dry.

How much water should I use per plant?  We got about 0.25" of rain on Tuesday and are expecting another 0.5" this weekend and then dry for 4 days next week but much cooler...then maybe heavy rain around June 10.


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