September 30, 2014

March Warm Spell “Dark Cloud” for Midwest Grape Growers

Spring-like temperatures so soon in the year may be swell for joggers, but vineyard managers aren’t so thrilled. With June level temperatures forecast for the Midwest during the week of March 12, there are widespread concerns about early bud break. Next week’s forecast for St. Louis predicts highs from the upper 60s to the high 70s, and even the Twin Cities area expects a spike into the 60s … [Read more...]

Southern Ill. Vines Dormant Despite Warmth

According to David Ponce,  Owner and Winemaker at Monte Allegre Vineyard and Cellars in far southern Carbondale, Illinois,  the primary buds on his grape vines are not swelling despite unseasonably warm weather.   Reports from grape producing regions of Missouri this week described budding trees and fears from grape growers that their vines could also be prematurely exposed if warm weather … [Read more...]