The crews have been working for the last week hedging and making our first pass of lateral removal and leaf thinning. Ordinarily I don’t ask for much leaf removal in the fruit zone but Jean-Marie and I think this year it might be a good idea, given the amount of crop out there. We plan to delay crop thinning until after veraison and need to get make sure we get good penetration of our early prophylactic spray for Botrytis. There will be lots more canopy work as the season progresses.
We have had surprisingly mild weather: while the east of the country swelters, the mid- to high-80s we have experienced for the last 10 days are forecast to persist for the next 10 days.