Back here in the southern Rhône, we are scrambling to fight mildew and oidium. Conventional farmers just go out and spray a systemic fungicide and are "tranquille" as they say here, but we who are organic and can only rely on copper and sulfur have to be super vigilant. Matt has been trying to reduce our copper use in the vineyards, keeping our levels as low as possible, but in a year like this we don't really have a choice. Matt was out spraying about 10 days ago and yesterday we were out there again. Normally we treat every two weeks, but with all of the rain we have been getting it just gets washed off. I'm headed back out there this morning to finish what we didn't last night, we're only supposed to have scattered showers today. I've seen some spots on the leaves in various places in the vineyards indicating that the mildew is out there, I just hope that we're spraying at the right times in order to control it. Our first three years were relatively mildew and oidium free, and organic agriculture seemed to be a piece of cake, hopefully we can pull this one off!
My computer is having lots of issues these days, I've got a bug that freezes everything up, so I'm having to run Windows in Safe Mode, which is a pain, thus every time I think about posting, I am put off by the idea of having to deal with it! I think I'm going to have to finally switch computers, but I hesitate because I like my computer!! It's been with me since 2000, shocking, but true!