Often when I walk through the vineyard this time of year I see shoots that are wilting.  Now, this could be the work of some dastardly insect or disease, but more likely is the more consistent and annual problem of wind.  The past few days we have had some very strong winds that can lead to shoot damage.  Many times the damage is not readily evident from a distance, but close up one can see the shoot has been torn off (or at least partially) from the base, or it has been bent such that there is a disruption of water and nutrient flow.  So, what should you do with these broken shoots?  I usually try to remove them if possible.  If they are wilting they will not recover and will die anyway.  Spring is not the only time of year when this can occur, obviously, but keep an eye out and don’t automatically think that diseases or insects are the issue.

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