Sheldon Haynie
 
April 9, 2012 | Vineyards | Sheldon Haynie

Seeing the end of the beginning

We've been farming pretty intensively during the hours available, primarily weekends, to get the 5 vineyards we manage ready for this season. Having the owners of the two bigger ones, and a winery neighbor compliment their appearance has been gratifying. We still have a lot to do, with trellis repairs, irrigation updates and some under wire weed spraying, but you can see the vines, and they're showing appropriate growth for this time of year and so far have had only two days of frost since bud break. 

I dropped soil samples at Crop Production Services, and picked up the fungicides, micronutrients and have rebuilt the sprayer, so we are ready to go into the summer phase of spraying for management and attending to the growth by irrigating, 

This past weekend another couple came by during tasting and asked for help on setting up a winery and vineyard, asking to hire us as consultants. We'll give them a complimentary start, and see where it goes, recent experience has shown that free advice is too often valued at it's cost. 

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