Wet Weather Has Growers Worried

The unusually wet and windy weather over the last week is raising fears of crop loss in wine country. Growers say heavy rain and gusty winds this time of year can cause shatter, the term for a failure of grapevine flowers to pollinate and turn into berries. Growers say they won’t know the full extent of damage for a few weeks, but they’re predicting a low volume season. Dryer and warmer weather is forecast to return tomorrow, but growers also worry even more damaging mold and mildew could develop on the vines if humidity increases.