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OMAFRA: Identifying and managing winter-damaged grape vines

June 20, 2022  By Fruit & Vegetable

Winter injury is a problem many Ontario vineyards are facing this year. Kathryn Carter, fruit crops specialist with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA), says that while winter injury is more commonly associated with extreme cold events, such as the 2014-15 polar vortex, the conditions present in fall 2021 and unseasonably warm temperatures in January and February combined to increase the likelihood of damage in some grape varietals and regions.

Early identification of winter injury helps growers to make informed decisions about vineyard management practices and evaluate the need to re-plant or re-train the vineyard.  |READ MORE


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