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Raspberries rotated into the high tunnel today

This will be the raspberry projects third year of production. We thinned the shoots in the bagged raspberries earlier (April 13) but did so again when we moved them from the field to the high tunnel. We waited until we saw a few of the primocanes with flowers on them. It looks like thinning the shoots twice before putting them in the tunnel may be necessary after the establishment year. We thinned the canes to 5 per bag (5 per square foot).

Here are the raspberries in the field before moving.
Here are the raspberries in the field before moving.
We thinned the shoots to 5 per bag.
We thinned the shoots to 5 per bag.
It took about an hour and a half with our crew thinning 4 bags at a time. The shoots we removed were raked up and transported to the compost pile.
It took about an hour and a half with our crew thinning 4 bags at a time. The shoots we removed were raked up and transported to the compost pile.
Here is a raspberry plant before thinning.
Here is a raspberry plant before thinning.
Here is the plant after thinning to 5 canes. Managing cane density is important in Spotted Wing Drosophila damage.
Here is the plant after thinning to 5 canes. Managing cane density is important in Spotted Wing Drosophila control.
Here we are in the tunnel after putting the irrigation back in place. From left to right - Rachel Veenstra, Lisa Roberts, Kelsey Goad, Shelia Long, Emma Thornhill and Jennifer Morganthaler.
Here we are in the tunnel after putting the irrigation back in place. From left to right – Rachel Veenstra, Lisa Roberts, Kelsey Goad, Shelia Long, Emma Thornhill and Jennifer Morganthaler.
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Grape phenology and GDD accumulation

GDD base 50 accumulation count beginning April 1 = 421   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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Distillation Workshop 2016

We held our two-day Distillation Basics Workshop yesterday and today. The first day of the workshop, the participants learned the basics of distillation from Dr. Karl Wilker.  On the second day, they distilled grape spirits, learning the process of running the still and the sensory evaluation skills needed to differentiate between the different phases of the process in order to learn when to make the cuts.

Our distillation workshop grads with their instructors.
Our distillation workshop grads with their instructors.
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Grape phenology and GDD accumulation

GDD base 50 accumulation count beginning April 1 = 377   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 accumulation count beginning April 1 = 297   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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Last wine class

We held our last Wine Appreciation class last evening with our wine and food pairing. The most unusual pleasant pairing was pickles and Chardonnay! Here are some pics.

Our group pic
Our group pic
Here is the right side of the room.
Here is the right side of the room.
The center
The center
And the left
And the left
Here's the food line
Here’s the food line
Still more food line
Still more food line
The food was great
The food was great
Wenping and Karl. Wenping helped with the class this semester.
Wenping and Karl. Wenping helped with the class this semester.
Kaylie also helped us with the class.
Kaylie also helped us with the class.
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Grape phenology and GDD accumulation

GDD base 50 accumulation count beginning April 1 = 229   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 accumulation count beginning April 1 = 152   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 accumulation count beginning April 1 = 62   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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