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Why There’s Much to Learn from Italian Fruit Growers’ Rock-Solid Approach

By Jensen Precast  |  December 19, 2023

Wood posts are the standard in the U.S., but in Italy they were tough to find, no matter what the fruit crop. If the crop requires hail and rain netting, as many of the country’s crops do, concrete posts are the rule. The problem with wood posts is that they don’t last nearly as long. Tom Auvil, a grower who also spent 16 years working for the Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission, says he has seen wood posts rot in as little as seven years, and having to replace them after 10 years is not particularly unusual.

Read the full story in Growing Produce.

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