This is our wonderful bounty of Missouri Grapes. We were hopeful.
We were hopeful that this year, with some prevention, we might actually get to harvest these beauties.
There is little hope left now.
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Look at the spots forming on the grapes.
This is the start of Black Rot, something that is common in Missouri.
Our Univ of Mo Extension office gave us some information on the problem which lies in the soil. We find only two of the three chemicals that are readily available in the retail market. Mostly, it's large quantities for farmers or orchards.
Little by little it takes over the grapes. You can see why it is called black rot.
If we can't get this under control we'll rip them all out. Maybe try a more resistant variety although we have several planted here.