The Copps Creek Copppokes vineyard in South Carolina has suffered from a severe drought.
The Copps Creek Vineyard in Wilmington, North Carolina, has suffered a severe winter drought, according to the Cooperative Extension Services (CES) in South Carolinas website.
The drought has made it difficult to produce enough water to irrigate the vineyard, according the website.
A lack of irrigation has also affected the vineyards water table, according Toews Vineyards, which is located adjacent to Copp’s Copps.
Copp said this was due to the drought.
He said, “We’re trying to keep the water levels high and get as much water in as we can and make sure the water is available to the farmers.”
Copp also noted that a drought is “not a sign of weakness.”
Copps said it is hard to predict when drought conditions will become severe.
“Drought is unpredictable,” he said.
“We are going to have to see how we respond.”
The Coopts Creek Vineyards website also states, “Copps is a small vineyard that depends heavily on its water supply, and we are doing everything possible to ensure that the water supply stays high and to protect our property and the vines.”
The drought in the Coppses vineyard has been in place since late March.
The CECs website states, CoppS Vineyard, which has more than 1,300 acres of vineyard and approximately 150 workers, is experiencing an extended drought with heavy snowfall in the past two weeks.
Copps vineyard suffered a total of 13 inches of snow in March and April, and 14 inches in May.
CoPPs Vineyard has had to temporarily close and suspend all of its operations in preparation for the drought, which began early March and lasted through May.
The grapevine, which was purchased in 2000 from a local farmer, has been the Coppss only business for over 40 years.
The vineyard produces approximately 1.5 million gallons of water per day, according CEC.
“It’s very challenging, it’s not something we’re able to do overnight,” said copps co-owner, Mike Coyle.
“But theres no question that theres a lot of work ahead.”
The Department of Agriculture (USDA) has not yet released its water conservation plans for the CoPP, which CEC said is part of a larger water conservation plan that has been set up to help farmers in drought-affected areas.
Coppingers vineyard received a “D” rating from the US Department of Water Resources (USDR) for the number of gallons of daily water needed to produce, grow and distribute its crop.
The rating indicates a water conservation system needs to provide more than one-half of one percent of water consumed for the entire year to meet water needs, according a USDR website.
Coppo has also received an “F” rating for its water management system, which uses two to three times as much power per acre to meet the needs of its farm.
“Coppo is a very difficult place to do business,” said Coyle, noting that “we have to do everything we can to stay dry, and theres still a lot we can do.”
“If theres not enough water, it doesnt matter how much money we spend, we are going down.”
CoPP is not the only small vine producer affected by the drought and the potential impact of a drought.
CropWatch reported in April that the drought in Oregon has affected vineyard owners in nearby Portland.
The USDA’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has reported that the Coppo vineyard was one of five that have experienced drought conditions since January.
The BLM is expected to release a list of water conservation options for farmers affected by drought conditions, but Coppson Vineyards is among the last vineyards still in operation.
“Our water is not getting any better, and there is no relief in sight,” said Copp.
“Thats not a good sign.”