This week, we bring you news from the frontlines, with a report on the promising new arrivals to the ARD breeding site in California and review some of the early varieties.
New Kids on the Block
Expectations are running high in California as last year’s crosses arrive to be planted at the ARD site.
The newest embryos of 2018 were delivered this month to the ARD breeding site. The embryo rescue plants look bigger and healthier this year, which is a huge advantage as we can expect to see initial production as early as 2020.
Stepping into Spring
2019 spring looks very promising in California, as it follows an ideal winter which blessed us with heavy rains and cool weather. Bud break is very uniform and high fertility is observed in both new and old ARRA selections. Below are some photos and information of our early varieties.
ARRA 29 (ARRA Passion Fire™)
ARRA 29‘s fertility is very high in the ARRA test block and there is 60-70% fertility in the commercial farms of Giumarra Vineyards. This year ARRA 29 is much ahead of Flame, showing signs of fast growing.
ARRA 30 (ARRA Sugar Drop™)
This promising very early black variety develops shoots and bunches fast along with the other early varieties. We can see at this early stage that the bunches are open and stretched naturally.
Don’t let the slow start of this variety fool you. During verasion it catches up and is harvested as early as Early Sweet.
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