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blueberries, grapes, cauliflower, watermelon, mint, apples, hops, squash, organic sweet corn.
Use hand pruners to remove unwanted shoots/vines from plants.
Be able to identify and count bud/spur spaces and follow instructions to leave enough bud material to achieve production.
Grape Shoot Positioning:
Move catch wires to upward position with goal of keeping shoots vertical. OR: Remove catch wires and drop to the ground. Tuck shoots under catch wires after they have been moved.
1st – 3rd Year Grape Tying & Training:
With the use of a small hand pruner, remove excess wood from newly planted vine and install grow tube around vine and tie to trainer and trellis stakes using plastic tying material. Plus, removing of soil from base of vine and sealing the base of the grow tube.
Planting involves placing a grapevine on a pre-marked space in the field.
Number 1 position: Riding on the planter unit, placing the vine on a predesignated cross mark.
Number 2 position: Feeding vines to number 1 position; sorting them from the bundle and handing to the person planting.
Number 3 position: Walking behind planted vines, packing the soil around the vine. Sometimes, the vine must be removed and repositioned in the appropriate space. Using a shovel, dig a replacement hole and repack.
Number 4 position: Unloading plants from truck and loading to planting implement.
Grape Trellis Construction:
Number 1 position: Placement of anchor poles; following a tractor and a posthole digger, pick up an 8’x6” wooden pole and place in pre-drilled hole, line up pole, replace and pack pole around pole to secure.
Number 2 position: Placement of dead-man anchors; using the same protocol as position number 1, secure wooden pole.
Number 3 position: Attachment of soft trellis wire between wooden and dead-man anchors and twisting the wire securely with hand wire cutter a short metal bar.
Number 4 position: Walking behind a tractor and trailer, placement of metal trellis stakes on designated mark in field. Placement is done by picking up stake by hand and placing in row center.
Number 5 position: Using the same protocol as position number 4, place trainer stakes.
Number 6 position: Picking up trellis stakes, placing on predesignated mark and placing in soil, by hand.
Number 7 position: Walking behind tractor and hydraulic stake pusher, operating a hydraulic lever and pushing said stake into soil to indicated depth.
Number 8 position: Using the aide of an ATV or Mule and tractor and trailer equipped with wire spools, multiple wires are pulled through the field to the opposite end of the field.
Number 9 position: Using the aide of wire grabbers and cable-style come-alongs, wires are wrapped around end poles, stretched tight and fastened to opposite end poles.
Number 10 position: Connecting wire to trellis stakes and trainer stakes using small wire clips. May be required to use pliers or screwdriver.
Blueberry Hand Cultivation:
Pull, cut, hoe weeds in blueberry rows, taking care not to damage plants and weed mat.
Spread and remove ground covers when needed.
Hop Hand Cultivation:
Hoe or hand weed around plants while training, while ensuring plants are not harmed.
Hop Trellis Repair
Walk across the hop yard (with the cross wire) and check posts for rot, or to see if broken.
If broken, remove the post, and lay down in the direction of the row (to be removed at a later date).
Using a tractor and a crows nest 2 ppl (1 driver, and 1 in the crows nest) check the post staple (secures cross wire to post).
If the staple is missing, replace it with a new one using a hammer.
Inspect other aspects of the trellis for defect or damage, such as; row wires, cross wires, bridle wire, anchors, dead men, etc.
Hop Drip Hose Repair
Walk with the plant row (where the drip hose lies) and visually inspect the hose for defects/breaks/leaks.
- Job Classification:
- 45-2092.00 - Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery, and Greenhouse