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Excessive rainfall calls for canopy management

With many wineries reporting precipitation 22 out of the 27 days in July thus far, Seneca Lake Wine Trail wineries are working very hard to minimize the many problems that can manifest whenever they face an excess amount of rain.Explained Paul Thomas, executive director of the Seneca Lake Wine Trail, “It never ceases to amaze me how challenging it is to be a farmer, specifically a vineyard manager, in the Finger Lakes Region. While the Finger Lakes are acknowledged collectively as a world-class cool climate grape growing region, Mother Nature can wreak all sorts of havoc at any given time of the year. This year the wineries are facing an excess of rain, and a commensurate lack of sun, yielding an environment perfect for molds and other menacing, microscopic critters that threaten the quality of this year’s harvest. This creates a dramatic need for vineyard managers throughout the region to aggressively manage the vineyard canopy, trimming back excess foliage, making sure enough sunlight penetrates the canopy to help keep grapes dry and healthy while assuring that they will effectively ripen. Needless to say, we’re all hoping that we enjoy a dry summer yielding another banner harvest this fall.”In 1986 the Seneca Lake Wine Trail was formed in the heart of New York State’s Finger Lakes region to attract more visitors to experience its rich history, beauty, and production of world-class wines. Today, the Seneca Lake Wine Trail is one of the largest and most active wine trails in New York State with a community of over 34 wineries, a distillery, two breweries and a meadery.

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