LAGHMAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan - U.S. Army Capt. Jason Merchant, the company commander of Company A, 1st Battalion, 133rd Infantry Regiment, Task Force Ironman from Dysart, Iowa, hands out cards Dec. (click for more)
KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Spc. Lauren Hyman of Texarkana, Texas, armored vehicle driver for the 64th Military Police Company based at Combat Oupost Fortress, says hello to an (click for more)
LAGHMAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan - U.S. Army 2nd Lt. Taylor Gingrich, an infantry officer from Cedar Falls, Iowa, with Task Force Ironman, draws a smile from an Afghan boy as Gingrich (click for more)
LOGAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Spc. Brian Stowe, a human resources specialist from Elkmont, Ala., with Task Force Knighthawk, 10th Combat Aviation Brigade, sings a ballad he wrote and (click for more)
PAKTYA, Afghanistan – Servicemembers defend the wall after an improvised explosive device detonates on Forward Operating Base Lightning Dec. 5. (click for more)
KAPISA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Afghan and French military chiefs conduct a briefing before deployment during a security operation. Afghan National Security Forces and French Task Force Richelieu conducted Operation Montevideo (click for more)
PANJSHIR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Air Force 2nd Lt. Phil Compton, Doty, Wash., Panjshir PRT engineer, and PRT local Afghan engineer Abid Wardak check the structural integrity of the retaining (click for more)
GHAZNI PROVINCE, Afghanistan – An Afghan family looks at their new family member after she was delivered by the Polish Army medical team at Forward Operating Base Warrior Jan. 3. (click for more)
KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan -- Soldiers from 2nd Platoon, Company B, 1st Battalion 187th Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, maneuver through Sabari District during patrols to disrupt insurgent activity in the (click for more)
BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Sgt. Shawn Fouste, Decatur, Ill., noncommissioned officer in charge of the Freedom Restoration Center with the 455th Expeditionary Wing, Task Force Med, plays with (click for more)
U.S. Army Lt. Col. Jeffery Casada, Panjshir team leader for the Kentucky ADT and resident of London, Ky., and Jim Hoffman, U. S. Department of Agriculture advisor to the Panjshir Provincial Reconstruction Team and Idaho resident, met with H. Sultan Hamid, chief trainer for the Roots of Peace organization, based in San Diego.
Hamid instructed Agha Share, the foreman for the Dashtak Demonstration Farm, and his workers on the proper installation of a trellis system. The system consists of concrete posts with holes spaced apart for wires to pass through. When the posts are secure, three wires at different heights will run through the posts to train the grapes as they grow.
According to Casada, grape trellising is used to get the grapes off the ground, making for a more productive grape harvest. Growing grapes on the ground (the traditonal way they are grown in Afghanistan) allows excess moisture to collect on and under the plant’s leaves. This can cause the grapes to mold and become diseased.
Traditional growing also includes flood-trench irrigation, an unsanitary practice, said Hoffman. With trellising, this issue is eliminated as each section is flat and watered by rows.
Additional work is necessary to complete the project. A large concrete block, known as a “dead man,” must be installed at the end of each row. The trellis wires are attached to the block and then tightened. The plants must then be properly spaced for maximum production.
“When the trellis project is complete, other farmers can visit the farm to learn the importance, benefit and technique of trellising grapes,” said Casada. “For a demo farm to be at the forefront, it should demonstrate new and different methods. Grape trellising is a great example of these methods.”
The Dashtak Demonstration Farm has completed other demonstration projects assisted by the Kentucky ADT. The grape trellis is the latest of these.
“We want the demonstration farm to be on the cutting-edge [of agriculture] because farmers visit and learn new ways to grow old crops by trying new agricultural ideas,” said Casada.
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