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Pick of the bunch: hand harvest essentials.

While we are huge advocates of the Pellenc mechanical harvesters, we recognise that not all fruit is suitable for machine harvesting. A large majority of English and Welsh wine producers will continue to harvest by hand. Thankfully, a range of modern equipment is designed to make life as easy and efficient as possible for thoseContinue reading

Get into gear for the 2023 grape harvest

It’s never too early to start planning how you’re going to bring in your 2023 grape harvest. While many vineyard owners and managers in the UK will continue to focus exclusively on hand-picked fruit, demand continues to increase for machine harvesting solutions. During our Pellenc demonstration day, the consensus among vineyard managers and winemakers wasContinue reading

Combining two defoliation technologies for optimal vineyard canopy management results.

When it comes to canopy management, taking into consideration the costs of hand labour, alongside the admin time and logistics of finding and organising workers, mechanical defoliators are an easily justifiable expense for all commercial vineyards. Germany’s leading manufacturer of specialist viticulture machinery, ERO, has long offered growers a range of high-quality leaf removal toolsContinue reading

The benefits of defoliation

How mechanical defoliation can increase desirable aromas in grapes and improve the first pick in apples. Growers are already aware of the practical benefits of defoliation. Leaf removal and opening up the canopy ensures good spray coverage and increases airflow for better disease control, while making life easier for pickers come harvest time. There areContinue reading

Gear Up: Summer 2023

In the Summer 2023 edition of Gear Up:  Munckhof Fruit Tech Innovators becomes one of our specialist suppliers. Munckhof’s Pluk-O-Trak demonstrated to growers at BIFGA’s technical day. A rare opportunity to witness fruit and vine machines in action, in one place. Increasing desirable aromas in grapes and improving the first pick in apples. A lookContinue reading

Sustainable spraying is a piece of cake with the Win’Air

Founded in 1895 with the aim of helping the Beaujolais winegrowers protect their vines, Berthoud has built an exceptional legacy as one of the best vineyard sprayer manufacturers. Its champion sprayer the trailed over the row Win’Air is an easy-to-handle and compact sprayer which is available in four capacities of 600, 800 1,000 and 1,500Continue reading

How top fruit growers can save up to 50% on harvesting costs with the Pluk‑O‑Trak.

On 11 May, as part of BIFGA’s technical day, we travelled to Northiam Farm to demonstrate the Pluk‑O‑Trak picking platform and showcase its capabilities. In 1969, Munckhof proudly introduced its first self-propelled apple harvester, the “Pluk‑O‑Trak”. More than 50 years later, it is still unbeaten and remains the best picking platform on the market. AContinue reading

NP Seymour adds Munckhof to its range of specialist equipment for fruit growers.

NP Seymour, the UK’s leading fruit and vine machinery dealership, is thrilled to announce the addition of Munckhof Fruit Tech Innovators’ sprayers and picking platforms to its range of specialist machinery.  The new partnership will provide British fruit growers with access to Munckhof’s cutting-edge orchard and vineyard sprayers, and Pluk-O-Trak harvesting machines, as well asContinue reading

Machinery May-ntenance

As orchards and vineyards prepare for the growing season, it’s important to check that all machinery is properly maintained for maximum efficiency and effectiveness.  Before you crack open a bottle of English Sparkling Wine and raise a toast to King Charles III, there’s one major thing you should have ticked off your to-do list. Remember toContinue reading

UK pruners snip their way to success in annual pruning competition

After three previous podium finishes, Team Gusbourne finally came out on top at the WineGB Pruning Competition, which NP Seymour proudly sponsored. Wines of Great Britain (WineGB) held its national pruning competition, affectionately known as ‘The Battle of the Secateurs’, on 17 March 2023 at Yotes Court Vineyard in Kent.  Organised in conjunction with consultancyContinue reading