Vineyard Year – Canopy Management

April 12th, 2018

Good Canopy Management is key to achieving the optimum yield and quality of grapes in the vineyard. This begins of course before initial planting, with canopy growth balance achieved by consideration of site, water retention, vine clone selection for each area’s soil condition, planting aspect, fruit zone height, appropriate spacing and much more. Energy must be channelled less on producing excessive leaves and more on ripening the fruit. Shoot thinning and sucker removal is followed by training within the chosen training system. Finally, to promote airflow through the canopy and optimum foliar feed penetration, lateral trimming and fruit zone leaf thinning are essential to maintaining a healthy vine canopy with optimum fruit ripening and quality. Maintaining good Canopy Management is undoubtedly the most challenging of vineyard activities.

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