Grape Farmers Enjoy a Bountiful Harvest

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NORTH EAST, Pa. (Erie News Now) – After a two week delay due to all of the recent rain, North East, Pa. grape farmers are busy harvesting their crops.

Jim Sul of Sul farms has been picking grapes for 61 years.

Mechanical harvesting took over the industry in the mid-60s and the growth of vineyard business just took off.

It took him about three hours to harvest this north east farm and he is pleased at what he has seen so far in the field.

“Very good crop one of the best we have ever picked,” said Sul. “A bumper crop we picked, I timed myself, we picked three tons in eight minutes it would take a person by hand a ton a day.”

Most harvesters utilize pivotal strikers or trunk shakers to remove the fruit from the vine. Other types of harvesters include a striker-shaker combination and a horizontal impactor.


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