For those of you who do have fruit this year and are looking forward to a harvest, you should be considering protecting your fruit from loss to birds. The birds naturally know to start eating the fruit by the change in color. And, since many of you are already seeing some berries and/or clusters starting to change color, you may wish to employ your protection sooner than later.
As vineyard owners (and managers), we have been having another wild ride through a challenging growth year. Early bud break, a relatively cool spring, a lot of cloudy days, and some occasional rain have all added up to ongoing war with Powdery Mildew. I tip my hat to those of you who were proactive with treating your vines early and continuing to spray on a frequent and regular schedule.