August 25, 2015
After that rain event, the weather in Texas moderated. Ed Hellman, professor of viticulture at Texas Tech University and the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, summarized the growing season: "Vineyards got started late, and we had a lot of rain and cloud cover in May. We haven't had a hot summer. There have been only two days of 100°-plus temperatures, and harvest will probably go into late September. It could be a very long growing season if it pushes into September, and we get cooler nighttime temperatures. My expectation is that we could have the best harvest ever, as well as the largest." He noted that more than 2,000 acres of vineyard have been planted just in the High Plains region during the past five years, and many of those acres are coming into bearing this year.
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