FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN YOUR HARVESTING MACHINES?
The Oxbo 6220 trunk shaker picking machines are well suited for two-wire trellis (bilateral sprawl) and horizontal divided trellis (quad)
The Korvan 3209 soft-touch bow rod picking machines are well suited for vertical-shoot-positioned trellis (VSP)
Q: WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY “CUSTOM?”
A: We understand that Growers have different harvesting needs; unique vineyard terrains, equipment on hand, and services required. We have the expertise and equipment to provide a solution that is custom-tailored to suit your needs; from harvesting your grapes to delivering them to the winery.
Q: HOW DO I KNOW IF MY VINEYARD IS A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR YOUR EQUIPMENT?
A: Our experts make it a priority to evaluate several conditions in order to determine whether or not our harvesters are a good match for your vineyard,* including:
- The vineyard must be on terrain suitable for harvesting by equipment generally used on flat land. Maximum slopes will be determined by Operator.
- The center berm along the vine row must be less than six inches high and no more than twelve inches from the center line of the row.
- Adequate headland space is required, preferably 28 feet wide and clear of trees, wires and other obstructions, providing safe turning space for the harvesting equipment.
- Both the area between the vine rows and the headlands must be level, smooth and free of weeds.
- A level area suitable for loading highway transports must be available close to the harvested vineyard.
*During the evaluation the Grower must advise the Operator of any special circumstances or vineyard conditions that might in any way affect the effectiveness or safety of the harvest operation.
Q: ARE THERE ANY REQUIRED PREPARATIONS?
A: Yes. The following is important for optimal harvesting:
- All sprinkler heads and other obstructions must be removed prior to harvest. The Operator shall not be responsible for loss or damage of sprinkler heads or irrigation pipe(s).
- Irrigation valves and equipment shall be visible and clearly marked above grape canopy. Valves must be located so that harvesting equipment can readily enter and leave the rows without damaging the vines and trellis system.
- The center line area of the vine row must be free of large weeds, vine trimmings and obstructions.
Q: IS THERE ANYTHING YOU NEED FROM THE GROWER?
A: Yes. A suitable wash-down site and water supply, and sanitation facilities in the field.