A Little Bit of Frost Damage
We were met with some pretty cool temperatures (29 degrees) last weekend and after a couple of warmer days, we were able to assess the damage. It looks like the frost was minimal at best. Maybe one bud per three vines.
In fact, a number of the buds that were damaged were at lower heights on the trunks - potentially saving us some addition time with the later process of "suckering" the vines. Also, we haven't begun "shoot thinning" yet, so we should be able to work around many of the toasted buds in the fruit zone that probably would have come off anyway.
In speaking with other growers, it looks like the highest damage numbers might be around 30%. With those percentages, I'm really glad we dodged a bullet this time around and I'm hopeful the warmer temperatures will persist. Thank you Cayuga Lake.