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January 2009
Investigating Low-Volume Approaches to Vineyard Cooling
High heat can damage both fruit and foliage. A group in Napa is investigating alternatives to overhead impact sprinklers.
by Mark Greenspan
:link { color: blue } :visited { color: purple } In last month's column I indicated that a survey of Sonoma/Mendocino growers revealed that use of overhead sprinklers to cool fruit during hot weather periods is a common practice in warmer growing regions of the North Coast. The downside of overhead sprinklers is that they are tremendous users of water and suck up water at the most demanding time of day. We don't know if the dry spring rainfall patterns experienced in 2007 and 2008 were...
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