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January 2003
Partial Rootzone Drying
by James Stamp
Irrigation affects every aspect of vine growth, fruit production, and ripening. Water availability determines the balance between vegetative growth and fruit maturation--an oversupply tends to favor continued vegetative development at the expense of berry ripening. Excessive water supply early in the season supports the development of larger berries while a reduced water supply after berry set will reduce berry size. Larger berries have greater pulp-to-skin ratios and consequently proportionatel...
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