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January 2010
Product Review: Frost Protection--Managing the Air
Ready for the next big freeze??Successful vineyard managers blend protection measures and balance cost versus potential loss.
by Bill Pregler
Like a spare tire, no one needs frost protection until they need it. A good example was the historic October 10, 2009 freeze in Washington state, a once-in-a-30-year event which plunged temperatures into the teens. Conversely, Paso Robles vineyards in Central California normally suffer eight or nine events per season, but in 2008 they had 25. Over time, grape growers in the United States have devised a myriad of ways to respond to frost; and at last count, WBM documented more than 20. Within ...
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