WINERIES CATCH UP ON PRUNING AFTER EXTREME COLD IN JANUARY

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Pruning is now gaining momentum in the Tokaji region after January's extremely cold and snowy weather has subsided. Some are lagging behind a bit but the work is expected to be completed before the end of March in most vineyards. Temperatures frequently dropped to and stayed at, close to minus 20 degrees Celsius [minus 4 °F]for most part of December and January. This is hoped to have killed off many pests which may mean a reduced need for pest control measures in 2017. Frost damage is estimated at around 28 per cent at a regional level, but the actual extent of the damage will remain to be seen until budbreak.

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