The vine pruning is a practice applied by vinegrowers during the dormancy period. It improves the plant regeneration and allows to guide it to the selected growing method. This is also important in production managing in order to get a higher quality. It is a key task for the vine development that should be done by expert hands. The grapes that will be obtained during the harvest depend on it.
If you are thinking about performing a late pruning, remember that it is important to use the right tools and sanitize them from vine to vine to avoid wood disease spread. As we told you some weeks ago, wood diseases are one of the greatest concerns of vinegrowers and enologists. They cause severe economic losses and can even produce the death of the vines.
How can you know the wood diseases during the pruning?
The symptoms of wood diseases in the vineyard appear when they have already been infected for a long time. The vine may be affected by several microorganisms. This fact makes it difficult to identify the disease when relating it just to the symptoms. Likewise, it may not show any symptom but be colonized by pathogens that enter through the cuts, usually caused by the pruning.
That’s why we recommend performing a WineSeq plant analysis. You can choose to carry out a WineSeq test -a complete microbial analysis of vines pathogen microorganisms and fermentative species- or a WineSeq Lite -a study focused on the fungal precursors of fungal diseases that affect plants-. With them, you will be able to discover the microorganisms existing in the vineyard and prevent future problems.