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Tuesday, June 01, 2021
Protecting your fruit and vegetable specialty crops is important. The more fruit you can harvest, the more your revenue increases. The best way to protect your crops is by using an exclusion or boundary fence around your investments. Deer control and exclusion in orchard, vegetable and vineyard crops can quickly translate to increased revenue. Even a few deer in an orchard can reduce yields by many bushels per visit. This will drain revenues and potentially damages tree growth and fruiting for subsequent seasons. Build a high exclusion fence that keeps deer and large pests out while allowing some ingress/egress by predators. This works to control moles and other vermin, one of the keys to a good orchard and vineyard exclusion fence. Follow the guidelines below when planning your exclusion fence.
Download our brochure on high tensile wire for fruit and vegetable trellis and deer exclusion.
The strength of your fence is very important when installing an exclusion fence. You want a fence that carries a high breaking strength and will withstand impact from predatory animals. Fixed knot is the strongest exclusion fence style available and provides the best exclusion performance, particularly in areas where deer pressure exists. Bekaert Solidlock® Pro 12.5 g Fixed Knot products carry a minimum breaking strength of 1,385 pounds making it our strongest option. A Solidlock® Fixed Knot fence will exclude even aggressive deer in most situations.
Post spacing is a variable because it depends on product selection, height of your fence, animal pressure and terrain. In general, we recommend post spacing for exclusion fence to be between 15 and 25 feet. For a specific recommendation, feel free to Ask the Fence Pros.
For vineyard and orchard applications, we recommend a height of 96 inches. If a 96 inch fence is not an option in your area, use a fence with a height of 75 to 90 inches. If additional height is desired, add lines of smooth or barbed wire along the top to increase overall height.
Bekaert Solidlock® Pro 2096-12 and 2096-6 Fixed Knot fence designs are all “best” options being that they are all 96 inches high. The difference between these three options is the spacing of the wires which is outlined below. The differences between the 2096 products and the 1796-6 product is reflected in the total number of line wires and the spacing at the bottom. These line wire spacing changes are based on personal and regional needs.
Read the Rutgers University study on the impact an exclusion can have on your investment: Deer crop loss demonstration study results reveal benefits to all using deer exclusion fence