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March 2013
Balanced Cropping: Dynamic Vineyard Management
A personal visit with Hank Ashby and Dr. Justin R. Morris
by Bill Pregler
This is as much a story as an article about vineyard mechanization. The inspiration was the retirement of longtime vineyard manager Hank Ashby of the celebrated French Camp Vineyards. I hadn’t seen Ashby since 2008 while attending the Dr. Justin R. Morris Vineyard Mechanization Symposium. It was an international gathering of scientists to discuss vineyard technology. By then Ashby, Morris and designer Tom Oldridge were already considered three important pioneers of vineyard mechanization ...
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