Western Nebraska Observer - Observations all along the line - Kimball & the Southern Panhandle First

By Daria Anderson-Faden
The Observer 

ROGER DOHSE, GRAPE GROWER

After 22 Years, His Kimball County Vineyard Keeps Going

 

September 30, 2021

Daria Anderson-Faden

Kimball County grape producer Roger Dohse picks grapes along with the rest of his crew just north of Kimball. Each bucket holds about 20 pounds of grapes.

Heading north out of Kimball on Highway 71, the last thing in late summer that you would expect to see is a group of people picking grapes from a vineyard and rocking to their music. About three weeks ago, that was precisely what you would have seen and heard about seven miles north of Kimball.

Kimball's Roger Dohse is the grape grower, and his pickers are local individuals.

Local landowner Jim Young agreed to let Roger Dohse try his idea of growing grapes about 22 years ago. So on ¾ of an acre of land, Dohse created a vineyard.

Dohse said, "Jim Young is the best. There was no bette...



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