Seasonal Throwover
These nets are from six to eighteen meters wide and are placed over the crop with just enough supporting structure to keep the net from directly touching the tree/vine.
Otco netting can be simply draped over one to four rows or joined overhead to form a “complete cover” with the net only going to the ground at the edges of the block.
Larger Vineyards often use a netting machine to deploy and take in the multiple row netting. There are two manufacturers of such machines in Australia Crendon Machinery in WA and Tatura Engineering in Victoria
Otco nets can be simply draped over one, two, or four rows coming to the ground. The 11 and 17 meter nets can cover an extra row if the nets are joined overhead making the 11M cover three rows and the 17M five. This is the “complete cover” method.
This method means that the net only comes to the ground at the edges of the block, saving on net costs and improving access.
The simplest way to join the nets is by releasing the top foliage wire and putting the reinforced edge behind it. The same is done from the other side of the vine and, if necessary, cable ties can be used to marry the two foliage wires together.
If your foliage wires are fixed it may be necessary to run a pair of wires above each joining row.
Many jobs can be done underneath the nets using tractors fitted with protective poly pipes as hoops from front to back. Quite large tractors can then work under the nets which are lifted by the pipes as the equipment moves down the rows.
Smaller Vineyards
Medium sized vineyards can manage netting with only an elevated hoop and a length of pipe. Nets can be applied from the carry all on the tractor up through an elevated hoop with one person on each side of the row spreading out the mesh. Centre marks assist in placing the net correctly over the vine and edge marks every 12 meters help make sure the net is put out squarely at the right tension.
Removal is the reverse of this procedure using the pipe to lead the net to its bag on the back of the tractors carry all.
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