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When Looks Don't Matter

Hidden Payoffs to Mechanical Pruning
Apr 2003 Issue of Wine Business Monthly
What if someone told you that you could eliminate powdery mildew and bunch rot by pruning differently? Would you jump to it and convert to mechanical pruning (MP), where you could save on labor and sprays and possibly even improve on quality? This was the challenge thrown out by Merced County Farm Advisor Maxwell Norton at a recent North Valley winegrape growers' meeting.Despite unprecedented low prices and increasing costs in all facets of production, it can still be hard to challenge tradition...
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