Pleasanton Loam located on flat valley floor. Varietals planted include Alicante Bouchet, Cabernet Sauvignon, Mouvedre, Counoise, Cabernet Franc and Petite Verdot. Blocks vary in row spacing from 7 to 9 feet. Under-row mechanical weed control is the main strategy to regulate weeds at this site.
Hand weeding: 1 pass
Clemens: 3 passes (Used mainly for flat ground, with no rocks)
Fischer TWISTER: Used specifically for inclined and rocky terrain
Yes, we have used Napa Pasture Protein. Cori Carlson is the owner and main contact for sheep grazing.
Wild Oats, Queen Anne’s Lace, Malva, Filaree
Napa Green Vineyard
Napa Green Winery (in progress)
Fish Friendly Farming
Weed Management Costs:
Hand weeding w/shovel (on hills & areas where mechanical weeding is not an option) $400/acre/pass x2 passes =$800/acre
Clemens x3 passes =$400/acre
Weed Eater (used specifically for inclined terrain, where Clemens is not an option) =$400/acre
Sheep Grazing =~$1,000/acre
Moving up irrigation lines to accommodate TWISTER*: Each metal bracket holding the irrigation line removed, irrigation line moved up, then re-secured with metal bracket again.
Total cost/acre: $600/acre
*If irrigation lines are higher than 24 inches, no issue.