We Heard it Through the Grapevine…Harvest is Near!
August 3, 2021
There are almost one million acres of grape-producing land in the United States today. This land is used to grow grapes for wine, table grapes, and raisins. Did you know that Grapes are the highest valued fruit crop in the United States? Wine Grape Harvest is just around the corner. Now is the time to get your machines ready!
Harvesting Grapes at Night
Did you know that harvesting grapes at night is one of the best ways to keep your machines running without the risk of breaking down? In the summer heat, machine engines can have a hard time keeping up with the high temperatures and are prone to overheating.
Here are some more reasons why to harvest grapes at night:
Lower temps mean more control over sugar levels and therefore the fermentation process. For better acid levels, harvesting grapes at night is ideal!
Not needing to cool grapes before they’re crushed saves producers time and energy. Winemakers need grapes that are cool at the time of harvest. Warm grapes are more prone to bruising when they are picked. Eliminate that risk by picking at night.
Grape pickers (and their equipment) prefer working in cooler temps instead of the summer heat. Your cab can feel like a greenhouse when the summer sun beats down on it, making harvest unbearable. Not to mention, when the sun is down, pests like bees and snakes aren’t around to bother harvesters.
An easy and effective way to avoid any harvest troubles is to run your machines at night. That’s why having a reliable set of LED lights is so important. With lights from Hy-Capacity, you get all the brightness and clarity of day, without the heat.