I hope everybody is having a nice 4th of July. :)
After I posted yesterday, thunderstorm went through Winchester area around 5:50 PM, then there were rains here and there, then the RH was high (>90) until 8:00 AM this morning. Thus, it was almost 14 hours of estimated wetness event with an average temperature of 70F. It was Phomopsis, black rot, and downy mildew risk event, and as I noted yesterday, Botrytis can cause infection under this condition as well.
It looks like more thunderstorms are coming our way. We will see...
Also, there will be a vineyard meeting at Barren Ridge this Wednesday. If you can make it, please stop by. We will cover seasonal viticulture and disease management tips.
984 Barrenridge Road, Fishersville, VA 22939-3026
Phone (540) 248 3300
Directions: Take I-64 West. After crossing Afton Gap at crest of Blue Ridge Mtns. Continue on for 8 miles. Take Exit 91 and turn right onto Va 285/ State Rt. 603. Travel 2 miles. Turn left onto Hwy 250 West and travel 1 mile. Turn right onto Barren Ridge Road and travel 2.4 miles. Vineyard and winery will be on your left.
Contact: Kenner Love, Rappahannock County Cooperative Extension (540) 675-3619