Last Thursday was the 2021 Texas Hemp Growers Association’s Field Day with speakers concerned with many areas of hemp growing in Texas.
The Texas Hemp Growers Association exists to:
- leverage producer influence on the emerging hemp industry in Texas from seed to sale
- support the development of infrastructure, connecting growers to resources and markets
- engage governments and businesses in the promotion of industrial hemp as a valuable resource.
There were tents outside and a few vendors to show us what you can do with hemp. Then we had some more discussions in the barrel room.
Organic Cotton Continues to Bloom
The hemp is growing well this year, and so is the organic cotton.
Yes, the beautiful High Plains sky and lovely cotton blossoms.
Last week harvest started. The majority of those grapes will be sold to other wineries for their production. Our winery is preparing for the fermentation of many of those grapes for our wine label.
At the winery, we just received a truck load of barrels, so that we will be ready for the stage after fermentation for some of our wines which is barrel aging. Wine is aged in barrels for flavor development, maturity, and longevity after bottling.
We use about 85% French oak barrels and 15% American oak barrels. Our red wines are oak aged for different periods of time depending on the intended style of the wine. Only a few of our white wines are barrel aged. Those are our reserve white wines and those blended for our Windmill wine blend.
Nice to know that those wonderful grapes that are currently being harvested will have a good home in the coming days.
The cotton is just beginning to bloom at Bingham Organic Farm.
Notice in this photo the weeds in the field in the farther distance and the area of cotton closer to us that the field workers have hoed is cleaner of weeds. That is what we do in our organic fields.
Hope your work week is off to a good start as well.
The 1st leaf planting is looking good. We planted 20 acres this spring as replacements for some of the acreage that we have lost.
Some of the existing vineyards will produce some, but our yields will be lower than what we would hope for. But the quality looks good. Here are some clusters of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc.
Harvest began for 2021 on Monday of this week with Albariño going to Doug Lewis at Lewis Wines.
I barely made it out there at they were finishing up in the morning.
This is our current harvester. A Gregoire, which we purchased this last year used from our local dealer. Sometime I should do a post with photos of the different harvesters that we have had through the years. Here they are about to unload into the dump cart which will take the grapes back to the winery.
Then the harvester moves on while the dump truck takes a load of grapes back to the winery area.
These dump carts will then dump the grapes into bins which will be weighed and then loaded on a truck to be taken to Doug and the workers at Lewis Wines for pressing. The object here of course is to get the grapes into those white containers rather than between the bins or outside of those bins.
All in a morning’s work. Or usually all in a night’s work, since that is usually when we do harvest.
There will be six or more weeks of harvest to come. But if this heat keeps up the vast majority in the next three weeks.