Sheldon Haynie
 
February 22, 2012 | Vineyards | Sheldon Haynie

New Tools

We have expanded our vineyard management significantly this year, our business model of sharecropping seems to resonate with property owners. We do the work for their fruit, they get some wine when its done and everybody wins. Starting last year with two vineyards and about 2 acres, we are up to 5 vineyards and nearly 15 now. Rapid growth means we need to expand our tools to be able to cover the ground fast enough. 

We just took delivery of a Kubota RTV 900XT, a utilty terrain vehicle

to augment our trusty Kubota BX2660 (likely the smallest vineyard tractor in the Valley) 

We'll use the RTV for inspecting irrigation, and transporting supplies, as well as light tasks such as weed spraying and taking visitors & grandkids on tours. During harvest, the rear cargo bed will hold a pick bin, letting us keep up with the crew in the rows,  and is just the right height to transfer to our pickup. 

To better support new vineyard installation and trellis upgrading, we're adding a hydraulic auger, for installing wooden end posts and planting vines, 

 

and Pneumatic post pounder for line stakes and steel end posts in organic vineyards. 

 

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