As a part of a Wine Board-funded the Sentinel Vineyard project, we obtained NEWA weather stations that have been installed throughout the state. Here’s a snapshot from the last week, showing the number of days with the risk of each disease: Ph = Phomopsis, PW = Powdery mildew, BR = Black rot, and DM = Downy mildew.
The image above is just a summary. Please visit https://newa.cornell.edu/ to obtain more detailed information. You can check daily weather data as well as disease and insect pest model results including forecasted risks. We paid the annual fee so that growers in Virginia can freely access NEWA. Please take advantage of the resources.
A rainy week accounted for downy mildew risks in many regions in the past 7 days. If you have not, please consider protecting your vines with downy mildew material(s). If you saw more than 2 inches of rain, it is probably a good idea to mix a phosphonate (i.e., a “phos acid”, such as Prophyt or Phostrol) for downy mildew and a DMI (e.g., Rally) for black rot to your next spray.
You can find specific materials information in this post (VVA presentation) or this one (bloom time reminders). Reminder: the critical time to protect grape clusters from downy mildew, powdery mildew, and black rot starts at bloom and last 4-6 weeks (longer for V. vinifera).
Just FYI: our Chardonnay vines are in full bloom and due to the heat in the past several days, some of the cultivars that are typically a week or so behind Chardonnay are also in bloom.