What is in this article?:
- Lack of rain may sap California wine grapesâ€™ reserve
- Apply additional water
- Multiple peril crop insurance
- California vineyards will likely need irrigation much earlier than normal.
- It’s a good time to assure that water will be delivered to wine grape crops as temperatures warm.
- Adding too much nitrogen can spur vegetative growth that means even more demands for water.
Multiple peril crop insurance
Guri Bangu, with Rain & Hail Insurance Services, talked of multiple peril crop insurance.
He said grapes are insurable in the fourth growing season. For grafts, it’s the third season after grafting. The vineyard must have produced 2 tons of grapes per acre in one of the last three crop years in most cases.
Lisa Francioni, program manager for the Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance, said that a third edition of a self-assessment workbook is being developed on sustainable wine grape growing.
The program is seeking input on chapters on human resources and “neighbors and community.”
Francioni also said it is important growers have a handle on “performance metrics,” that they know, for example, how much water and energy they use to produce a crop.
She said it can be expected that there will be great variability in those resources used, due in part to wide variability in types of soils.
Francioni said growers can participate in performance metric workshop webinars from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. April 26 and May 22. Those webinars are being sponsored by the California Association of Winegrape Growers and the Wine Institute.