Drought conditions, heat stress, heavy frost and freezes all dramatically impact our crops. In California, over the Labor Day weekend, we witnessed a heat wave with temperatures soaring as high as 117 degrees in wine growing regions like the Santa Cruz Mountains. Many winemakers experienced a gut reaction of fear, especially with sensitive varieties like
As we get closer to grape harvest, many of you have been asking us about options for increasing the maturation of vineyard blocks. The question is, how can you accelerate improvements in color, sugar and phenolic levels? The last 30-40 days prior to harvest is when sugar content begins to ramp up in the fruit.
This current heat wave and others to come put a considerable amount of heat stress on various crops. When crops are under stress, they become less efficient in processing nutrients as their metabolism (photosynthesis, respiration, and the synthesis and degradation of organic compounds) slows down. Andaman Ag has some product options to help mitigate heat