[NAFEX] Grape Harvester
Lon J. Rombough
lonrom at hevanet.com
Mon Jun 7 13:13:29 EDT 2004
If that's true, it's something new to me. The harvesters I'm familiar with
would quickly tangle up in netting. I don't see a lot of advantage to such
a system, since the netting has to come off anyway, and the labor to remove
it before harvest would be the same as after harvest. For that matter, the
photo on the site you sent doesn't show any netting, and the harvester is
the type I'm familiar with.
During my visit to Vineland in Niagara, I was under the impression that
harvesting machines literally knock the grape crop off the vine and the
grapes fall through the bird netting.
I have seen the machinery, but not in use. As it was explained to me by the
vineyard owner. the harvester straddles the row of grapes, knocks the
berries from their clusters, and the berries are collected and moved on
He made special note to indicate that the netting over the berries is
specially sized so that the grapes can be harvested (they fell through the
netting) with the harvester, but birds could not get to the crop.
Possibly it is dicarded after harvest.
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