||3 Strand Perold (Hedge)|
||ISCOR, 2 kg/m Y-hedge pole|
Iscor as well as the producers in question consider the experiment to be very successful since no damage was noticed to either the trellis material (steel poles) or the mechanical harvester. The poles in question were not removed, however, and will be monitored on a continuous basis. Similar trials are planned in the Robertson and Lutzville regions. Dimensions to be monitored during these trials are i.a.:
Stability of the system: stability of the respective rows in wind conditions.
Corrosion resistance: resistance to corrosion in vineyard conditions above and below the soil
User friendly: during erection of the trellis and mechanical harvest.
Environment friendly: effect of steel, if any, on the wine (must) quality.
Acknowledgement: Thanks to Mr Van der Bijl Brink, Panorama, Riebeeck West for making his vineyard and equipment available.
Christo J Maré (Iscor Long Steel Products, Marketing, Special Profiles)