Vineyard Cannons

Posted by: BEB

Vineyard Cannons - 08-15-2019 04:17:03

A number of local vineyards use sprays, tethered balloons, netting, and other devices this time of year to combat the onslaught of birds picking the grapes. But this year, a vineyard is using cannons to scare the birds away, much to the dismay of neighbors. While I know some vineyards use these devices on the West coast, this is the first I've heard of them being used in Virginia (not saying this IS the first time, just the first I've heard of it).

So, my question is, what is the best practice for deterring birds from the vineyard as grapes ripen?
Posted by: TomHill

Well... - 08-15-2019 09:23:44

Originally Posted By: BEB
A number of local vineyards use sprays, tethered balloons, netting, and other devices this time of year to combat the onslaught of birds picking the grapes. But this year, a vineyard is using cannons to scare the birds away, much to the dismay of neighbors. While I know some vineyards use these devices on the West coast, this is the first I've heard of them being used in Virginia (not saying this IS the first time, just the first I've heard of it).
So, my question is, what is the best practice for deterring birds from the vineyard as grapes ripen?


Well, Boyce....my understanding is netting, though expensive, is by far the most effective.
Cannons are not very effective, according to RichardSauret. Out in Calif, the birds just get used to the noise and continue to feed on the grapes. But, then....I would expect your VA birds to be a lot dumber than the Calif birds!! :-) So the cannons may work back there.
Tom
Posted by: BEB

Re: Bless your heart! - 08-17-2019 09:46:13

Tom;

When I first saw that you responded, I was filled with hope and excitement of all vast wisdom and accumulated knowledge you might pass on. If I wanted some smarteleck response, I would have posted on "some other" wine board! wink
For my money, anything a dumb ol' West Coast bird can learn, our Va birds can learn bestliest and fastestly. Humph!

BEB
(thanks for your response. It is very similar to what a very experienced winemaker told me yesterday when visiting a different Va. vineyard.)