Sunday, September 16, 2007

This week: 14th. September

Weather Report Week Ending 14/9/07

Maximum Temperature for the week 24.3C (76F) on Sat. 5 readings above our monthly average of 17.5C.
Minimum Temperature for the week 3.8C (39F) on Wed. 6 readings above our monthly average of 7.0C.
Rainfall for the Week 22.4mm (64 points) 4 days of rain.
Weather data thanks to BOM & Nuriootpa Viticulture Research Centre.

At last we have had some reasonable rainfall. We have had 2 fronts this week that gave us a couple of good rain gaugings (14 mm on Tue. and followed up with 7.4mm on Fri.). Much warmer nights this week, the increased moisture in our system should also give us some protection from any frost we may still get.

This week in the vineyard:

We have started planting the few vines we are going to put in this year. We have planted a small trial of Albarino and some Chardonnay replants in a block we planted last year. I have finished all the mowing I am planning to do this year. I will be starting to spray off our cover crop this coming week, to conserve as much of this lovely moisture in our soil as we can. This weeks photo shows some Shiraz at about 2nd leaf stage.

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