Indiana producers search for alternative agricultural operations to subsidize a declining tobacco base.
Objective: To develop and evaluate a vineyard operation as an alternative farming option to tobacco.
The producer planted Chambourvin, Traminet and vinefera varieties on five to seven acres. He established the vines in growth tubes and on trellises.
Results: Vineyard yields four to five tons per acre on mature vines, which sell at $800 to $2,000 per ton to area wineries.
The producer plans to increase his vineyard to a total of 15 acres and to develop a local grower cooperative.