A winter storm is coming — and it is going to be a doozy.  The good news is that we are at the end of January and in the timeframe when vines should be at their maximum cold hardiness.  That may be the only good news, unless we get a good amount of snow to act as insulation on the vines.  Unfortunately, it is mostly bad news — we are in a drought, the temperatures in the next couple of days look to be very cold, and those couple of days in the 70s did us no favors.  It takes a vine weeks to build up cold hardiness, but only days to lose it.  So, how much as been lost right now?  I don’t know the answer to that one, but with temperatures at zero on Wednesday night I would expect to see damage come spring.  Bud damage for sure and maybe some significant vine damage as well, especially in areas that have been really dry.  Of course we won’t know the extent of the damage until we start pruning but keep your fingers crossed.  If this cold front had come in dry I think the damage might be worse.

Oh well, the joys of growing grapes in Oklahoma.  There is nothing to be done now, but watch and wait.

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