2018/2019 Nova Scotia Wine Grape Bud Hardiness Report no. 12: April 1 – 2


2018/2019 Nova Scotia Wine Grape Bud Hardiness Report no. 12: April 1 – 2


A wine grape bud hardiness report is generated and distributed to the Grape Growers of Nova Scotia (GGANS) membership on a bi-weekly basis throughout the dormant season. The bi-weekly survey is performed on 3 vinifera cultivars (‘Chardonnay’, ‘Riesling’, ‘Pinot Noir’) and 2 hybrid cultivars (‘L’Acadie Blanc’, ‘Marquette’) and involves 10 grower collaborators for a total of 23 varietal blocks in total. Each report uses a table to show the latest low temperature exotherm (LTE) levels for the present and past weeks. The report also includes comments highlighting observations over the last reporting period, a plot showing the change in LTE values throughout the season, the historical 100 year minimum values and the present year’s minimum values. Three times throughout the season (early, middle, late) 11 “extra” varieties (‘Baco Noir’, ‘Chenin Blanc’, ‘Geisenheim’, ‘Leon Millot’, ‘Lucie Kuhlman’, ‘New York Muscat’, ‘Pinot Gris’, ‘Sauvignon Blanc’, ‘Seyval Blanc’, ‘Seyval Blanc’, ‘Vidal Blanc’, ‘Ortega’) from 22 additional varietal blocks are also reported.

With temperatures approaching the seasonal normal, the rate of bud deacclimation is increasing. In spite of this, most of our varieties are still more deeply acclimated than they were at this time last year, giving additional protection from cold weather. The 2-week forecast suggests that temperatures will return to normal later this week and we anticipate a much larger change in bud deacclimation in our next round of the survey.

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