State::Cold Climate Growing
Spring frosts reduced the state’s grape crop, but a cooler than normal summer meant that what the vines did produce were able to ripen to a high degree of quality. However, torrential rainfall at the end of the harvest season posed a challenge for farmers. Some farmers lost grapes still on the vines during the [...]
The dry and frigid winter and late spring frost have affected Nebraska’s grape crop. Devastating spring hailstorms also damaged the fruit. More than 60% of Nebraska’s vineyards reported some sort of crop damage. Some plots have experienced losses of 80% or more. In 2013, the yield was 80,095 gallons.
The abnormally cold weather and severe winter storms have affected Iowa’s grape crop. Spring storms also damaged the fruit. Mike White, a viticulture expert with Iowa State University Extension, is predicting this year’s crop will be down 40 percent.
Federal assistance is still available for Ohio agricultural producers in the 22 northeastern and southern Ohio counties who experienced crop or production loss due to a recent freeze. To be eligible, your vineyard plot must have suffered at least a 16% loss (keep in mind that 1% is considered normal mortality). The specific reimbursement levels [...]
The Ohio Wine Producers Association is reporting a devastating loss: 100% crop loss for 2014 for all vinifera wine varieties. This includes varieties like Riesling, Chardonnay, and Cabernet Sauvignon. This loss is due to four separate instances of sub-zero temperatures during the 2013-2014 Winter, causing the destruction of fruiting buds. This is a stark change [...]