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Davenport Orchards and Winery

For 15 years, Davenport Orchards and Winery owner Greg Shipe has been working to reduce the amount of herbicide sprayed in the late spring and early fall. Sensitive crops, like the grapes Shipe grows, can be badly damaged when herbicides sprayed in nearby fields drift over onto other plants.

Pruned grape vines of the fredonia variety are ready for another growing season at the Davenport Winery in Eudora. Winery owner Greg Shipe tries to keep a keen eye on his variety of grape vines for any sign of damage from herbicides other farmers and the county uses to control noxious weeds. Herbicides with the compound 2,4-D, can be detrimental on his crop if used improperly.

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