If your growing field is close to residential areas, Orchard-Rite helps you show Pure Courtesy to your neighbors.
Check with local governing bodies for applicable noise regulations and take these into consideration when placing new wind machines.
- As a general rule, keep machines at least 100 yards from neighboring homes.
- Communicate with neighbors. Let them know what the machines do and how they sound. You might test run the machine for them or record the sound.
- Inform your neighbors how often you expect to use your wind machines.
- Assure neighbors that you understand the inconvenience and that you will work to minimize the effects on them.
- Explain that the machine is expensive to operate and will only be run when needed to save the crops.
- Use Auto-Start to start the machines and adjust thermostats to the proper starting temperature for the fruit stage.
- Do not operate the machines in windy conditions. If possible, add the Orchard-Rite anemometer shutdown system to prevent machines from running in the wind.
- If your machine does not have a muffler, install a muffler system on the machine.
- Use “Last On – First Off” principle for machines close to neighbors.
- If possible, warn your neighbors when with machines will be operating that night, especially on long, cold nights when you will start machines before midnight.
The technology of Orchard-Rite, combined with commonsense practices, will help you show Pure Courtesy and be a good neighbor.