The Dangerous World of Bud Break
Just yesterday, here in Chicago the weather was a balmy 60 degrees. Who ever thought that it would be snowing 24 hours later?
The biggest danger with these extreme swings of weather (warm to cold and back again) for the Midwest wine industry is something we call early bud break.
When the weather gets warm enough for the sap to work to the ends of the shoots, the buds can start to break out and start their process of getting leaves.
But if the weather turns cold again, the buds are in danger of being damaged or even killed. No buds no leaves, no leaves, no grape clusters, no grape clusters no wine.
So this time of year is very nerve racking for wine makers and vineyard managers around the Midwest.
Let's pray that the warmer weather stays warm!