SHANNON TWOMEY, The Weekly Times
January 5, 2017 8:00am
The sunpreme raisin grape is proving popular with producers because it costs less to harvest, according to Agricultural Research Service plant geneticist Craig Ledbetter.
He said the sunpreme dried without cane cutting and could save millions of dollars in production costs.
“With many grapes, crews must go out about two weeks before the harvest and cut the canes, which are the long branches on the vines that actually produce the grapes,” Mr Ledbetter said.
“Once the canes are cut, the grapes begin to wilt so they can be shaken into trays later.
“Cane cutting costs about $180 per hectare, which is roughly 36 per cent of total harvest costs.”
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