HCC Research Vineyard Observations (5-5-14)

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Just about every vine is now “awake.”  The varieties that merely have begun to show the “popcorn” stage of bud swell are Chambourcin, Chardonel, Chardonnay(v), Cabernet Franc(v), Gruner Veltliner(v), Lemberger(v), Traminette, Vidal Blanc, and Zweigelt(v).  One vitis Vinifera varietal has full leaves on some vines, Riesling.  Corot Noir, Melody, Norton, and Valvin Muscat are now at the bud break stage, but leaves haven’t opened yet.

The most vigorous varietals at this point with shoots of six inches or more are Lacrescent, Mars, Edelweiss, Frontenac Gris, Geneva Red, St. Croix.  Marquette has shoots over 12 inches.  It’s not surprising that these varietals are growing fastest as they were developed for a shorter growing season.

One thing to note is that the vine rows are not growing uniformly.  That is to say, some rows have vines with three-inch shoots while others merely have buds beginning to open and still others have shown little to no growth at all.  It will be interesting to see which vines have or have not survived the winter.

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