So far so good.

We had a short thunderstorm event on Friday (26th), but it lasted about 3.5 hours with an average temperature of 73F and a total precipitation of 0.33 inches. It was sufficient for powdery mildew ascospore discharge, and downy mildew infection. We are expecting see some more thunderstorm later this evening.

As I mentioned in the previous post, most of us are still in 4-5 weeks after bloom which is a critical period for berry infection by black rot, powdery mildew, and downy mildew. I’m not advocating excessive application of fungicide here, but just reminding you that this is the critical time. If you have already protected your berries, you do not need to be panic.

So what will happen when you failed to protect your berries? Here are some examples from unsprayed vines in my plot.

Powdery mildew on berries
Black rot on berries
Black rot and powdery mildew on berries…

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