The Macedonian Vineyards are part of a network of farmers’ groups and cooperatives cultivating table grapes in Northern Greece and supported with training and consultancy by the American Farm School under the project “A New Agriculture for a New Generation”, solely funded by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation and coordinated by the University of Rutgers.
Macedonian Vineyards, An.Romylias 61 Kilkis
Soil and fertilization management
Our groups has adopted soil handling and crop fertilization procedures so as to better manage resources and achieve the best feasible result at the lowest cost, both in terms of economic and environmental aspects.
The tools we implement include soil and leaves analyses, continuous monitoring of pH and electrical conductivity (EC) as well as verification of plant health and nutritional status with modern instruments based on optoelectronics (NDVI meters, chlorophyll meters), etc. conducted on site and/or from satellites. Based on the measurements that result from all of the above, we assess the needs and decide the fertilisation strategies of our vines that can be differentiated both in time and space.
The result is that we are in a position to have a good view of the nutritional situation, to know the needs and to act on the basis of them, and ensure the unobstructed production of satisfactory grapes yields of exceptional quality.
Chilling requirements and dormancy evolution in grapevine buds of Macedonian Vineyards
As grape canes mature, their buds enter a type of dormancy in which their growth is suppressed despite otherwise favorable conditions. Repeated exposure to cold temperatures dissipates this form of dormancy and once the chilling hour requirement is satisfied, it is only low temperatures which prevent bud burst. Generally we can state that adequate number of cold hours must be accumulated so that productivity and fruit quality is assured.
Assessment of the locations by using the meteorological data that are collected by the meteorological station installed on site has produced the following results for this season:
- Chilling status
|Chilling status||Chilling status|
- Chill units accumulation
|Location||Chill units accumulation|
|< 7,2 oC||0 < t < 7,2 oC|
7Forecast Upload Date : 08/07/2019
Table Grape Producers Group An.Romylias 61- 61100 Kilkis, Greece