12-Jun-09 16:19 | Eric Stafne

A hail storm went through Stillwater this morning and created quite a bit of damage.  Luckily, we didn’t have any issues with our grapes at Perkins because no hail fell there.  Hail can really do a number on developing grapes by destroying the cluster or just creating ugly fruit.  If the skin is broken, that can be an entry point for pathogens, so keep on top of spraying at these critical times.  Unfortunately hail storms are really unpredictable and infrequent, so having a hail net may not be economically viable, but in some years it sure would make a difference.