Cautiously, nervously optimistic

I’m not alone in feeling like we got off easy this winter – and that spring seems to be coming on a little early; Eric thinks at least a week ahead of schedule. We all love seeing the trees blooming and daffodils popping up, but I bet most farmers are holding their breath, remembering the Easter freeze of 2007. Some vintners, you will recall, lost everything. We’re almost out of the woods. Here’s hopin’.


Author: Scott

I am a married father of two. I graduated from Rock Bridge High School and then Mizzou before spending six years in the Washington, D.C. area. We returned to Columbia, Missouri in 2006.

3 thoughts

  1. I don’t just think, I can prove it:

    Our records show many spring firsts happening a week or more earlier than even 2007.

    We’re definitely holding our breaths. Have to take advantage of the conditions we have, which are excellent, but this is a real setup for the jet stream to drop down and bring a nice Canadian airmass through sometime in April.

    For a nice map of Missouri’s average last frost zones, visit:

  2. This is a nervous time for grapegrowers, indeed. Out pruning in the vineyard today (Westphalia vineyards), I did not see any vines “leafing out,” but I can tell the buds are getting ready. We have quite a few balnk spaces still in our big vineyard where the Cab Franc did not survive that Easter freeze 2 years ago. We could delay pruning, but that would mean less heat/growing days–it is always a toss-up. My colleagues in Iowa have not started pruning yet because they’ve seen late freezes so often. Their growing season is very short, so short most vineyards cannot grow Norton in Iowa (a terrible shame).

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