We’ve been putting our newest addition to our mechanization program to the test lately, and thus far we are very pleased with it. This is a mechanized wire lifter—a nifty little innovation which is likely to both cut costs and ensure that we can get everything done that we have to, which can be a challenge at times, for a vineyard operation of our size.
The basic operation is pretty simple: the lifted-wire-to-be is placed into a notch on the implement, elevating the wire to the necessary position, and then a clip is placed on either side of the post to secure the wire in place. A skilled operator can place the clip precisely where it is needed, ensuring the wire won’t budge for the rest of the season. All-in-all, it is an elegant solution to a difficult problem, and another small wonder of mechanical innovation which is gradually revolutionizing our operation. As always, Kraemer Farms is looking any and all new ways to streamline our operations.