Saturday, May 05, 2007

This week: 4th. May

Weather Report Week Ending 4/5/07
Maximum Temperature for the week 24.9C (77F) on Tue.
Minimum Temperature for the week 9.5C (49F) on Tue.
Rainfall for the Week 69.2mm (198 points) 5 days of rain.
Weather data thanks to BOM & Nuriootpa Viticulture Research Centre.

Rain has continued all week. We recieved 104.8mm of rain last month, this has been our wettest April in more than 11 years. In fact we were only 27mm below our wettest April on record (131.7mm in 1961). This has been some of the best weather news I have had to report since I started this blog more than 7 months ago. As long as we now get normal Winter rainfall, our next growing season is looking very good. We do still have the looming problem of water restrictions for next season to temper our enthusiasm.

This week in the vineyard:
We have started pruining now, it is a little early but the sooner we start the sooner we will finish. We have also been continuing to spread fowl manure and working it in, although the rain has slowed this down a little. I am now having to wait for our reactive soils to dry out, last week they were too hard to get the disk to penetrate. Still that is farming, and we will just have to wait a few days.

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