Bud break, frost looming for North Coast growers

Derek Moore, THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

Recent rainstorms have Sonoma County grape growers feeling more optimistic about being able to protect their crops from killer frost as full-blown bud break appears imminent.

“Right now we seem to be doing pretty good for frost protection. Most people have what they need,” said Doug McIlroy, director of winegrowing at Rodney Strong Wine Estates.

Farther north in Mendocino County, however, growers are still being warned that they probably won’t have any water for frost protection this season because of low reservoir levels and flow in the Russian River.

“Very limited, if any,” said Sean White, general manager of the Russian River Flood Control District.

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