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Even After Frost, Vineyard Managers Stay Vigilant

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Threats of frost this week kept grape growers on their toes, and even though it looks like vineyards mostly dodged the bullet, they're not out of danger just yet.

King Family Vineyards used a helicopter to push warmer air onto newly budding vines for this season. The fragile stage makes it very concerning for winemakers and orchards. Most say they took a hit, but it could have been much worse.

They're staying vigilant next week, too.

"Some models are showing a frost around the 24th or 25th, so we're keeping an eye on that date and we're keeping a possibility of flying the helicopter next week, and hopefully not too many weeks after that. Ready for summer to set in and stay,” said Carrington King, co-owner and vineyard manager at King Family.

Managers at King Family Vineyards say, as we move further into spring, the harder it is to combat these late frosts. Rot becomes a real and costly issue.

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