A Noble Muscadine Harvest

Unusually heavy rains during harvest time did little to dampen the latest crop of muscadine grapes at the Pee Dee Research and Education Center in Florence.

“The leading variety, the Noble, yielded about 8 tons per acre during the fall harvest, about a ton more per acre than the previous year,” said Jody Martin, Extension agent and program leader.

Heavy rain during harvest time did not affect the crop’s sugar content, which often can wash some of the grape’s sugars out, impairing flavor. Once the harvest was complete, he pruned the vines in preparation for next season.
“In April we’ll start fertilization and irrigation to get the vines cranked up again,” Martin said.

The harvested grapes were sold at market value to a winery in Conway and the proceeds were reinvested in the program. The crop is likely to peak in about three years, when the harvest could reach 10 tons per acre.

For information: Jody Martin, 843-661-4800, ext. 115, jamrtn@clemson.edu