The 1st Saturday in October. We arrived at Platt Vineyard off Bodega Highway in time for “pre-game” stretching with Silverado Farming.
As always, Nulfo and Fred like to discuss the pick to make sure they get the best fruit. Often a site needs several days of picking. Different clones, soils, row orientation and vineyard slopes and elevation cause varied progression of ripeness. Today we left the Pommard clones on the far side of the mountain for another day.
Also, look down that row where Nulfo and Fred are setting boundries. You may be able to see that the closer vines are more green and then it starts to get more yellow-green about midway. The real green leafs can indicate that those vines are not yet ripe. Yellow leaves in the fruiting zone are an indication that the vines are finished working and ready to go to sleep.
This Adcon Telemetry helps Dr. Daniel Roberts, Silverado Farming and the other Platt Vineyard clients make intelligent, informed decisions on an array of agriculture challenges. Think water management and weather for starters.
Check my 2009 story on Platt for more info.
Gotta run. We’re getting some Martinelli Zio Tony fruit at 7 AM!