Before the wine comes the juice. Before the juice comes the water. Before the water? The Propane Delivery!
One of the fastest growing segments of California's agricultural economy is grape cultivation. From the San Joaquin Valley up the Golden Chain Highway and over to the Northern Coast, new grape vines are being planted every season. The world can't get enough of California's wine and our vineyards are expanding in spite of our severe drought.
Grape growers know that there are 3 crucial periods in the development of a crop when irrigation can make or break the fruit. In a severe drought period, cutting back on water use requires careful attention to soil moisture levels. Modern drip irrigation systems allow vineyards to keep their vines healthy while substantially reducing water consumption. From flowering, to ripening on through post-harvest, each step can be carefully managed to achieve exceptional quality while minimizing water use.
Another tool that has become popular for grape growers involves the irrigation pump systems in vineyards. Historically these pumps were powered by large diesel engines that provided reliable service but with high exhaust emissions. Recent innovations have increased the use of propane-powered engines to maintain the reliable service but with drastic reductions in emissions and fuel expenses.
Kamps Propane has been a partner to grape growers for decades. Our offices in Pioneer, Sonora, Manteca, Delhi, Dinuba and Hayward all deliver propane to vineyards and wineries around California. If you are a grower or winemaker and you need consultative help with your irrigation options, please give one of our local offices a call. You can reach us at (888) 527-7701.