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March 2006
Avoiding Poor Fruit Set
Harsh late-spring weather in 2005 may have put a damper on this season's crop but don't give up on getting berries on those clusters.
by Mark Greenspan
No one in the North Coast of California needs to be reminded about the late spring rains that made life difficult for winegrowers in 2005. For most, it interfered with powdery mildew control and led to other disease problems. For some Pinot Noir growers on the coast it meant no crop, resulting from a nearly absolute lack of fruit set. For the remainder of North Coast growers, the fruit set was normal to heavy. The scuttlebutt is that next year's crop might be light due to poor bud fruitfulnes...
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