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November 2008
Vineyard Design for Mechanical Harvesting
Many vineyards can already be harvested by machine, but here are a few considerations to be aware of--even if you plan on hand-picking in the near-term.
by Mark Greenspan
:link { color: blue } :visited { color: purple } Mechanical harvesting of wine grapes is not just coming--it's already here. As I discussed in my November 2007 column, harvesting is the most widely accepted form of vineyard mechanization, with pre-pruning being the second-most. Different growers and wineries will all have varying reasons for adopting the use of vineyard mechanization. Without even touching on the cost and availability of hand-labor, there is little doubt that speed and...
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