Bird Netting: Is It the Best Defense?
Around the world, increasing numbers of growers are netting their vineyards, many after having tried other methods with poor results.
Jun 2006 Issue of Wine Business Monthly
Kites, canons, predatory birds and Mylar tape all have one thing in common: they are used by growers in an often futile attempt to scare away birds. However, the birds only get used to them in time. Experts agree the only sure and humane method is exclusion. This is where bird netting comes in. "As far as I'm concerned bird netting is the only thing that works," said Glen McGourty, University of California winegrowing advisor in Mendocino and Lake counties. "These bird-scaring devices just anno...
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