September 6th, 2018 the American Fence Association’s Greater Chicago area chapter will be hosting a golf outing at the Marriott Lincolnshire Resort. We invite you to join us there for fun golf events, good food and great conversations with fellow industry professionals.
Growing and maintaining agricultural fields, no matter what the crop, can be an incredibly rewarding experience. However, every farmer out there has likely experienced the frustration of dealing with pests trying to take advantage of their hard work. Deer in particular can cause a substantial amount of damage. During the growing season a typical adult deer will eat anywhere from 6 to 10 pounds of food per day, making the issue of how to best keep them at bay a popular topic in the ag industry.
The most common architectural structures in private orchards to larger commercial agricultural farms are trellises. The trellis, originally referred to as treillage, was popularized in France by gardeners looking for a solution to hold up their vining plants. Trellises became more common in public and residential settings when King Louis XIV had them placed in the French Garden of Versailles.
Trellis design varies widely and there really are no limits to how creative the structure can be. Going by definition, a trellis is simply a structure with open framework and intersecting pieces of wood, bamboo, and other materials to provide horizontal, as well as vertical, support. Trellises can be quite ornate and beautiful in private or public gardens or rather bare-boned and utilitarian for agricultural purposes.
Piling construction remains one of the most effective methods of providing maximum support for structures.
Pile construction is often chosen over other methods for one of two reasons: either the surface substrate of the building site is weak, or the structure being built will be exceptionally heavy. Weak substrate, most often loose dirt and sand, obviously should not have a foundation built directly upon it. Even a fairly stable surface may still not be suitable for high-rise buildings, water tanks, bridges and similar unusually heavy buildings with concentrated loads.
The unique nature of the hop plant means it can only be successfully grown on specialized trellis and pole systems. To grow the best plants possible, and therefore get the most value from your harvest, selecting the right pole trellis design is key.