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February 26, 2013

Munckhof Equipment used in Cold Climate Study

While on the show in Minnesota we had the opportunity to talk with some customers and wine media writers and we discovered that our pre pruning equipment is now in use in a Wisconsin study to determine the effects of pre pruning on the  cold climate verities Frontenac, Frontenac Gris, Marquette and LaCrescent.

We talked with owner David Danzinger of Danzinger wines, who has secured a USDA grant to conduct the study  and he seemed to be pleased with the results so far. He commented that he and his crew custom mounted the machine on the 3pt hitch, due to concerns about the size of the tractor he was using. It didn’t seem to affect the quality of the job, he even stated that one pleasant surprise was the the tractor stayed cleaner as all the debris was thrown clear out the back!

Results will be tracked in over the coming year with yield and quality being tracked against time and cost savings. you can read more about the study on the Midwest Wine Press at