Mother Nature hard on grape growers this season

By: WEAU 13 NEWS Email
By: WEAU 13 NEWS Email

The spring and summer weather Mother Nature treated us to this year was not welcome to Wisconsin grape growers.

An owner and wine maker at River Bend Vineyard and Winery just west of Chippewa Falls tells us the Mothers Day Weekend frost this spring killed all of their grape plants. Luckily four out of five of the varieties did push out secondary buds but this summers huge amount of rain is also forcing growers to wait longer before harvesting their crop.

Wineries in the southern part of Wisconsin lost even more of their crop to frost than more local areas.

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  • by River Bend Winemaker Location: Chippewa Falls on Sep 17, 2010 at 06:47 AM
    Just a quick correction to this story...River Bend did not lose any plants to the spring frost...just the primary buds. Thankfully the varieties we grow push secondary buds. We have a larger crop than expected and harvest has begun!
  • by citizen on Sep 15, 2010 at 10:49 AM
    I have a pear tree in my yard that produced like crazy last year. This year, due to too much rain, the skins have an ugly spotting to them, and the pears only grew on one side of the tree. Just a note to those that have problems growning pears. DONT Pick until the end of August, if your expecting them to turn yellow, you have waited too long as they rot from the inside out. Can them when green for the best flavor. When canned they taste like they should. They can also be eaten when green, they taste more like an apple.Hope this info helps those that dont know how to tell when the fruit is ready.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 13, 2010 at 11:54 AM
    re gardener: Wow! Lucky you. We had the best crop very last year and this year hardly any of the fruit actually made it throught the frosts.
  • by JohnL Location: E. C. on Sep 13, 2010 at 08:27 AM
    I also noticed that the Mulberry tree(s) did not produce fruit this year. Their are several trees located in our nieborhood, none of them produced any fruit. I wonder what the birds will eat later this fall?
  • by gardener Location: wi on Sep 12, 2010 at 09:11 AM
    I did not lose any plants. Indeed, the vines were the most robust I've seen them. Fruit production was the problem. Last year's bumper crop was followed by this year's dearth.
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