|Grape growers can increase the nutrients in their wine by removing leaves early, though it does decrease crop size.|
|Written by Jhoanna Robinson|
|A recent study concerning the effects of early leaf removal on grape yield has uncovered that wine that is derived from early defoliated grapes tend to have more nutrients than those that were not. The negative side of this is, grapes that have encountered early leaf removal tend to be smaller in size.|
The bunch rot disease and how early leaf removal can help combat it.
|Bunch rot disease develops in crops especially when there is frequent rainfall and high humidity during the rainfall period, which is commonly experienced in Pennsylvania and other parts of the eastern United States. Also, ripening generally happens within the same time as the hurricane season, which is characterized by abundant rainfall and cloud cover throughout the eastern seaboard region at that time.|