Sunday, December 17, 2006

This week: 15th. Dec.

Weather Report Week Ending 15/12/06
Maximum Temperature for the week 41.2C (106F) on Sat.
Minimum Temperature for the week 7.0C (44F) on Tue.
Rainfall for the Week 2.2mm (7 points) 2 days of rain.
Weather data thanks to BOM & Nuriootpa Viticulture Research Centre.

Saturday was a real scorcher here in the Barossa. Only 0.6 of a degree below our hottest recorded December day (41.8C 30th Dec 2005). There are some signs of sunburn showing up - but not as bad as I was expecting. The automatic weather station at Nuriootpa went down for a couple of days this week, but I think the figures above are accurate.

This week in the vineyard:
This week I finally finished spraying weeds. Next week I will be getting the sprayer ready for our final spray this season - only our 4th spray, nearly half of what we normally put out. There just hasn't been the conditions for disease this year. Still in these difficult times, every dollar we can save helps us stay in business that little bit longer. My staff have all knocked off for the Christmas holidays so there will not be a lot happening until the New Year in our vineyard.

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