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Small grape farming?
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rhudson    Posted 09-11-2002 at 17:41:38       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Tobacco has always been king in southern virginia. we have never found a replacement crop that will bring in the cash considering our soil and climate. Our county has hired a person with local money to research for new crops. so far she has come up with planting grapes for virginia wineries.

anyone have any real experience with grapes? as in small plots maybe 5 acres?

it's not that i dont trust our new college grad....i just hope it not some froidion wishing from watching the tv show falcon crest! :>}
at least if it didn't make a profit...you could drink the result.

Thanks for any help.


George Stringer    Posted 10-29-2008 at 18:28:23       [Reply]  [Send Email]

I want to start farming grapes. I would like information on how to start the process and what is needed to maintain the vines.

Thankyou


Tom A    Posted 09-12-2002 at 09:07:38       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Here in west-central Md there's a few small commercial vinyards, and I've thought about it. Our local extension agent has said for several years it would do well around here, and he's a "real guy" not somebody just out of college. Says table grapes are no good, but that local wineries will buy everything we could produce. I think start up costs are pretty high, and no return at all for a couple of years though. Just for grins, I planted a few grapevines two years ago...have had to baby them through the droughts, and so far they aren't thriving. I don't expect to see a grape for another year or two.


Duke(WNY)    Posted 09-11-2002 at 18:47:32       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Grape farming takes a lot of hand labor and some pretty expensive equipment - like a $90,000 picker,a sprayer for disease control and another sprayer for weed control. I have 4 acres of grapes, but because this is a big grape growing region (western NY) I can hire the picking and spraying done. I do the trimming and brush hogging and fertilizing. Putting in a vineyard is pretty expensive also - a post every 24 feet at $4 each mounts up in a hurry, plus the high tensile wire is not cheap.


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