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Posted: Tuesday, July 12, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 6:53 am, Tue Jul 12, 2011.

More than a dozen acres of Frank Rashid’s Petite Syrah grapes could shrivel in the sun this week. Because thieves ripped off a system that keeps his irrigation lines running debris-free, Rashid now has no way of getting water to his West Lane vineyard.

“I have a lot of fruit on the vines and it looks like a promising season,” he said. “If we can’t fix it fast, we are in trouble.”

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5 comments:

  • phillip montgomery posted at 10:15 am on Wed, Jul 13, 2011.

    phillip montgomery Posts: 8

    Wow! A story about a man who had his equipment stolen and the potential ruin it may cause his business and Doug turns it into a blog on the evils of effeceint water use and alcohol abuse. Doug, your disregard for common decency and the law is repugnant. You need to go back to Mexico with the rest of your illegal in-laws, then maybe you will appreciate the good ol' USA. As for alcohol, I am glad that after ruining you life due to your weak will and inability to cope with moderate consumption you have turned into a neo-prohibitionist. Take your hypocritical BS and move to a dry county if you hate it so much, believe me you won't be missed. PS: How is the gang task force coming along? There hasn't been a Mexican gang shooting in Lodi in what...the last 15 minutes or so? Real successful, can you mentor me too? Please!

     
  • Doug Chaney posted at 9:31 pm on Tue, Jul 12, 2011.

    Doug Chaney Posts: 1232

    Darrell, these are probably the new breed of Lodi grape growers. Water seems to be in abundance to them and many waste thinking that more water in less quantities makes a better product, when it's the pesticides and herbicides that really give you the wino buzz, not the fruit's juice. Why is the alcohol content boosted to 14% or so if these Lodi grapes are so good? I don't see any other purpose for drinking something so disgusting and bitter except to get that feeling of exhiliration and power and to get plain buzzed and brave.

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 2:47 pm on Tue, Jul 12, 2011.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Phillip stated...To risk somebody’s entire business so they could profit a few hundred bucks is beyond selfish, if they are actually ever caught I hope our beloved district attorney throws the book at them.

    Phillip, hopefully these thieves will get what is coming to them, I agree it was very selfish. Life is hard enough without having to deal with these kind of things.

    The only reason I questioned the water frequency is from my experience. I have 50 vines on my land and have them on drip. I only water them 1 time per 10 days unless it is 100+ temperature.
    My neighbor with 20 acres of muscats (on drip) I think waters every 7-10 days and gets great crops.
    I was just surprised as my grapes do well with less water.
    Thanks for the info!

     
  • phillip montgomery posted at 10:02 am on Tue, Jul 12, 2011.

    phillip montgomery Posts: 8

    Darrell, many growers water daily or every other day. It is one of the many benefits of a drip system, where you water small amounts of water on a regular basis. Instead of applying mass amounts of water a few times a year (flood irrigation), you apply the same amount but stretched over the entire season. It is a much more effecient use of water and results in superior grape quality. The total disregard these thieves had for this mans property is horrible. To risk somebodys entire business so they could profit a few hundred bucks is beyond selfish, if they are actually ever caught I hope our beloved district attorney throws the book at them.

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 9:41 am on Tue, Jul 12, 2011.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Rashid waters his vineyards daily or every other day and said he would start being in serious trouble if he went six days without water.

    This must be a misquote... water every day????????

     
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