Friday, January 9, 2009

Veraison Irrigation

With the season looking like it may run later than last year, it is important to assess if you will have enough water to irrigate into March. Limiting water at veraison can be risky as hot weather is expect next week.

The next two weeks will be critical to your harvest and your end wine quality. If your vines stress too much you risk excessive leaf loss and poor ripening.
The first signs of sunburn have been seen this week.

Remember vines use the most water during veraison so avoid water stress to vines when berries soften and colour. Do not perform RDI (regulated deficit irrigation) during veraison.

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