Developing an Efficient Mechanical Pruner for Northeast Vineyards

Project Overview

Project Type: Farmer
Funds awarded in 2001: $2,500.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2002
Matching Non-Federal Funds: $26,000.00
Region: Northeast
State: New York
Project Leader:


  • Fruits: grapes


  • Crop Production: no-till
  • Education and Training: demonstration, extension, farmer to farmer, on-farm/ranch research, technical assistance
  • Farm Business Management: budgets/cost and returns
  • Production Systems: general crop production

    Proposal summary:

    Reducing the number of buds per vine in vineyards is traditionally done by hand, which is expensive, or by mechanical means, which tends to leave too many buds that delay ripening and decreases return fruitfulness. The farmer will reconfigure and modify a mechanical pruner to test whether its performance can be improved, and will then compare its performance to results from an unmodified machine.

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