endapril blogThe weather has continued to be dry enough to keep moving soil back to the aisle. In the back and forth passes up and down the aisles certain things stand out. Notice the picture of the vine with a rock stuck in the trunks.   This picture tells a story of the site and previous seasons. I will point out a few of the more notable ones. First, the rock stuck in the trunks from the hill up plow moving dirt to cover the most susceptible areas to cold damage. As the dirt was plowed to cover the vines, a rock got lodged in a couple of the trunks. Quick location lesson: in cold climate regions growers use “spare parts viticulture” which is multiple trunks of varying age. The reason for this is that if one or two trunks are damaged, there are still options for the vine to produce fruit. The biggest trunk in the middle is one that needs to be removed and a younger one will replace it. The biggest trunk is around 4 year old wood; the next biggest canes that are brown are two year old wood; the thinnest lightest colored canes are one year old and will have buds that produce fruit. Remember, fruitful buds come from one year old wood.