What's Cool: Controlling Dust in the Wind
Wine Business Monthly
What's Cool: Controlling Dust in the Wind
New products control drift
Jun 2009 Issue of Wine Business Monthly
Vineyard managers know road dust produces problems for engines and moving parts, provides a wonderful habitat for mites, causes vineyard stress, diminishes chlorophyll production and can introduce soilborne critters at harvest.
There are also many people who worry about air quality and take "fugitive dust emissions" very seriously. For example, Maricopa County in Arizona is having a "dust war," and statutes now require anyone disturbing just onetenth of an acre and producing particulate matter of 10 microns or less (PM10) to obtain a dust permit for $350. Noncompliance can result in "criminal complaints" and fines up to $10,000 per infraction, per day! Hello EPA.
One bright spot for Maricopa County is that it's home to Soilworks, LLC of Gilbert, Arizona, a company with an arsenal of products to address the issue of dust. And if their home base does not qualify them, their extensive work with the US Military and United Nations does, having won a slew of Government Service Agreement (GSA) contracts.
When the Department of Defense likes your product and contracts you to develop cargo airstrips, helicopter landing pads and tank roads in a desert, you probably have something to help the vineyard manager.
Soilworks has a number of applications depending on the severity of the site and the level of activity. One product is Soiltac, both a soil stabilizer and a dustcontrolling agent that creates a crustlike surface by adhering soils and aggregates together. GorillaSnot (coined by the US Army) is the economy grade of Soiltac, and Powdered Soiltac is the preferred choice of the United Nations.
Vineyards and wineries should look into using Durasoil. The company said that for the application, intended amount of traffic and overall cost effectiveness, this is the best choice.
All of Soilworks' products are patented and produced in five national locations under strict quality control measures. Durasoil is an "engineered" synthetic material that is clear, odorless and 100 percent environmentally safe. All Soilworks polymers are "prime materials," not byproducts of rinse water or acrylicbased emulsions that have historically plagued the industry. And unlike the traditional applications of calcium or magnesium chlorides, Durasoil does not wash away. It can even be applied in wet and freezing conditions.
Durasoil is easy to use for any size operation. With a viscosity close to water and not requiring dilution, application occurs in a single pass with any vineyard spray rig capable of applying water. I even saw one small project using a garden watering can. Cleaning equipment only requires soap and water.
Using nanotechnology, Durasoil acts as a wetting agent that agglomerates or coats and weighs down particulate matter as small as 2.5 microns. Unlike environmentally questionable oil applications, it is non volatile, nonslippery, nontracking, noncorrosive, not regulated for transport, requires no curing and can be used safely at indoor events like horse arenas.
It is ultrapure, ecofriendly and does not contain any components that require OSHA limitations for eye, skin or breathing exposure.
What's cool is this material is considered "selfhealing" and cumulative. It is a continuously reworkable fluid that will immediately accept traffic after application. Because it does not leach out of the soil, it remains viable up to 16 months. Thereafter, only a 30 percent reapplication is required to maintain its lifespan and effectiveness. It is even UVresistant.
Because Durasoil is classified as nonhazardous, there are no special requirements for handling, storage or hazardous transportation. Shipping of the product from distributor to vineyard is easy. It is available in 5gallon pails, 55gallon drums, 275gallon totes and even tankers (bulk) up to 6,500 gallons.
What's Cool: It is time to put the old water truck away. Rather than paying for repeated applications that do not work, one application of Durasoil is all you need. The product is worker and environmentally friendly, easy to apply, long lasting and will save the vineyard manager money in the long run.
Dust abatement products have had a checkered past, so it is a good idea to work with companies like Soilworks that not only have an incredible resume but are members in good standing with groups like the International Erosion Control Association.
Finally, it is noteworthy that dust is not only a local problem. It just might be something to plan for "down the road." November of 2008 was the first annual gathering of the Road Dust Management Practices and Future Needs Conference held in San Antonio, Texas. It was sponsored by the Federal Highway Administration, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service,National Park Service and
the Western Transportation Institute, to name a few. The twoday event discussed topics like dusting suppression, stabilization, environmental impact and designing for the future.
Being proactive now just makes good sense. And, guess what? Your vines will thank you. For more information, contact 1-800-545-5420 or visit www.Soilworks.com.