Basics of Water Balance in New York Vineyards
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Lakso, Alan N.
In the humid climate of New York and the Northeast, rainfall is erratic and therefore drought stresses are not easy to predict. Do we have significant problems due to drought (significant enough to change cultural practices or invest in irrigation)? We know the answer depends on how dry the seasons are, how much water our vineyard soil holds, how much the vines need. Since we cannot predict the weather, we must take a risk assessment approach, and then evaluate methods to reduce risks we find. To do that we need to understand the factors that either increase or reduce our risks of significant loss from drought stress.
Wine and wine making; Wine growing--Water effects; Wine growing