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2015 Summer Harvest & Cellar Work
As the summer progressed, rainfall in June and July created havoc for us. At the end of June, the year-to-date rainfall total was 21.13 inches, slightly higher than the average of 21.08 inches although June 2015 rainfall did crack the all time top ten. But if that was not bad enough, July’s rain made history mainly concentrated in central Indiana. Total rainfall in Montgomery County measured over 13 inches, passing the record set in 1875. While the amount was staggering it was exacerbated by the frequency of the rain. We had been spraying prophalactically earlier in the summer with good success. However, in order to stay ahead of a potential black rot occurrence, we needed to be spraying almost constantly. But when June and then July hit, there was not adequate time between rain episodes to be effective. That is, for a period of over 7 days, there was not a time period dry enough to spray or stayed dry enough to not wash off the spray. Black rot only needs 7-10 hours at 70°F to start. So black rot got the Marquette again and to a lesser extent the Chambourcin. At harvest, we estimated black rot cost us over a ton of Marquette and at least ½ ton of Chambourcin.
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