Climate at our Paso Robles vineyard has been moderate during the day with some frost at nights. April/May is potentially frost season although the risk diminishes rapidly as we move into May. The frost can damage early buds and reduce successive growth considerably, thereby cutting harvest yields.
As you can see, the shoots now are 12 – 24 inches in length. If you look close, you can see the tiny clusters. The vines are quite healthy, having had a recent dose of compost tea, several nights of frost protection watering, and some modest rain during the past few weeks. On the active side, we have done our first mowing and sent crews through for pest management and shoot thinning. Shoot thinning is selective removal of excess vine shoots to promote healthier growth in the remaining shoots. We also remove suckers from the vine trunk.
Considering all, we anticipate a great growing season and will keep you posted on the progress.