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At the Missouri State Fruit Experiment Station

Grape phenology and GDD accumulation

GDD base 50 accumulated since April 1 = 2386
http://agebb.missouri.edu/weather/reports/gddTable.asp

Phenology stages according to the Modified E-L system
http://door.uwex.edu/files/2010/10/ModifiedEichhornLorennzsystem.pdf

 

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Kidfest held today at Mountain Grove fairgrounds

The Missouri State Fruit Experiment Station participated in Kidfest again this year. Great interest in the bee hive display put together by John Avery. Susanne Howard handled the bees while Micheal Kovens, Pragya Adhikari, Leann Hubbert and myself helped the kids with the bean bag toss and rewarded them with apple stickers and activity pages.

There was a bit of rain in at the beginning of the event, but this led into a beautiful day!
There was a bit of rain in at the beginning of the event, but this led into a beautiful day!
There is always a lot of interest in the honey bees.
There is always a lot of interest in the honey bees.
The bean bag toss was fun for the kids.
The bean bag toss was fun for the kids.
Some youngsters really get into the game!
Some youngsters really get into the game!
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Grape phenology and GDD accumulation

GDD base 50 accumulated since April 1 = 2330
http://agebb.missouri.edu/weather/reports/gddTable.asp

Phenology stages according to the Modified E-L system
http://door.uwex.edu/files/2010/10/ModifiedEichhornLorennzsystem.pdf

 

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Grape phenology and GDD accumulation

GDD base 50 accumulated since April 1 = 2052
http://agebb.missouri.edu/weather/reports/gddTable.asp

Phenology stages according to the Modified E-L system
http://door.uwex.edu/files/2010/10/ModifiedEichhornLorennzsystem.pdf

 

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Raspberry harvest in high tunnel

We harvest the in-ground and  in grow bags on Monday, Wednesdays and Fridays. We harvest both good and cull fruit and make sure we remove the cull fruit from the planting in order to manage for Spotted Wing Drosophila. You would be surprised how many SWD flies emerge from one missed berry! After we harvest, the fruit is sorted for ripeness, bagged, weighed and taken to the winery and put in the freezer for use in the distillation program.

Raspberries are harvested and put in buckets tied around the waist with a bungee cord. Callie keeps the ripe and overripe/cull berries in two separate buckets.
Raspberries are harvested and put in buckets tied around the waist with a bungee cord. Callie keeps the ripe and overripe/cull berries in two separate buckets.
The berries are sorted and any less ripe berries are removed.
The berries are sorted and any less ripe berries are removed.
The sorted berries are put in a ziploc bag. We are going to upgrade from sorting on a box top to sorting on a cookie sheet!
The sorted berries are put in a ziploc bag. We are going to upgrade from sorting on a box top to sorting on a cookie sheet!
Berries are weighed and the weight is marked on the bag.
Berries are weighed and the weight is marked on the bag.
The berries are then frozen until they are used to make raspberry brandy.
The berries are then frozen until they are used to make raspberry brandy.
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Grape juice chemistry

Here are the juice analysis results from the grape berry samples collected this morning.

Cayuga White R had some bird activity so it is the first to be netted.

31-Jul-14
Cultivar ˚Brix pH TA
Cayuga White F 14.1 2.64 1.875
Cayuga White R 16.4 2.89 1.257
Delaware MVEC 14.3 2.78 1.695
Seyval Blanc R 16.8 2.86 1.545
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