When we shoot thin, we force the vines to focus all their best energy where we want the production and where we want the vine to grow in the years to come. This is how international pruning expert Marco Tessari so perfectly explains the purpose of shoot thinning.
Marco along with Ken Swegles of Rhizos Viticulture Consulting join me for this information-packed episode exploring what you need to know about shoot thinning for your current season and for the long-term growth and longevity of your conventional or organic vineyard.
In this episode, you will hear:
- How shoot thinning directly ties into the work done while dormant pruning
- How proper shoot thinning is important for vineyard growth and longevity
- What vineyards need to shoot thin – cane vs spur vineyards
- Optimal shoot thinning timing
- Shoot thinning considerations for organic growers
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- Thinning Young Vines to Produce Strong Spur Positions
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Marco Tessari is an international pruning expert based out of Montebelluna, Italy. Marco works with vineyards all over the world in person and virtually and is revolutionizing the art and science of vineyard pruning.
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Ken Swegles is the founder of Rhizos Viticulture in California and rehabilitates and manages vineyards through the exclusive practices of regenerative agriculture.