GRAPE ADVICE in cloudy conditions

GRAPE ADVICE:- In most grape growing areas partly cloudy conditions may be experienced. Solapur Bijapur area may have more cloudy conditions . Lowest temperatures in the range of 13 -15°C will be present only around Pune while all other areas minimum temperatures may rise above 18°C and may reach up to 22°C in Solapur, Bijapur area.

Afternoon temperatures in most area will go above 30°C in most areas. And there will be distinct increase in afternoon RH, up to 30% in Sangli, Solapur and Bijapur area.

Fungicide sprays may be required to eliminate disease inoculums if present due to old infections, especially of powdery mildew. All growers where veraison has taken place or likely to take place soon and if planning to cover bunches with paper, may give one spray of myclobutanil 10WP, 0.4 g / L immediately and cover the bunches as early as possible.

Due to cloudy conditions, and likely light rains risk of infection of powdery mildew may increase. Especially, in vineyards where earlier infections were noticed. In such vineyards spray of strabularin fungicides such as azoxtstrobin 0.5 ml / L, Kresoxim methyl 0.6 ml / L. may be useful to control powdery mildew.

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