|Powdery Mildew growth|
48-05-49, Osceola Muscat: These varieties grew quite well; however it suffered from quite heavy weed infestation. The weeds likely contributed to the mildew issue as this one was hit really hard mildew issues. we will likely prune it back to the fruit wire and cane prune.
Epicure, Petit Milo, Mad Angeline: These varieties were also neglected in the weed area, but managed to be more resistant to mildew issues - but not fully immune. They definitely had some, but closer to the low side than the heavy side. Less aggressive in growth than 48-05-49, but still had very nice growth and fairly consistent in the rows.
|Leaf damage from powdery mildew|
Mad Slyvaner, Auxerrois: Both these were hit very hard with PM and it really slowed down their growth as well, with neither variety growing to aggressive. Auxerrois is listed as being resistant to PM, but it definitely is not. These may be pruned right back to 2-buds and start again
Chardonnay, Ortega, L'Acadia Blanc, Siegerrebe: Siegerrebe may have been the hardest hit with PM of all vines in the plot, but it still seemed to grow consistent with the others in this group. It will be a spring decision on how to prune these with some back to 2 buds and some to the spur pruned method.
All in all the growth of our 2 year old vines is what we expected with only a few that under performed. With better attention to a spray program and weed control we expect that next year will be a great measuring stick for growth in our region.