Saturday, July 28, 2007

This week: 27th. July

Weather Report Week Ending 27/7/07
Maximum Temperature for the week 20.4C (69F) on Wed. 6 readings above our monthly average of 13.5C.
Minimum Temperature for the week -0.6C (31F) on Sun. 4 readings above our monthly average of 4.3C.
Rainfall for the Week 0mm (0 points) 0 days of rain.
Weather data thanks to BOM & Nuriootpa Viticulture Research Centre.

A much warmer and drier week for us this week. No rain at all recorded this week, we still need more to give us the normal growing season we are all hoping for. There is some hope in the forecast for this coming week - hopefully I will have some better news to report next week.

This week in the vineyard:
We have started taking the growguards off the block of Sauv. Blanc we had top grafted last year. This block has grown really well since I last reported on it in December 2006. The idea we had, to protect the graft union has worked really well. The problem we have had, is that the vines have grown so vigorously, and because we were not able to get zip-up tubes we are now having difficulty getting the growgards off the wire. We have had to cut the stitching on them. This problem would be solved by using zip-up tubes. The picture shows the block before we started taking the guards off. We will finish pruning this block sometime in the next week. I will be spending this coming week at the Wine industry technical conference in Adelaide.

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