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Something is killing Andy Timmons’s grapevines. On a cool Thursday morning in August, the 53-year-old farmer was walking me through one of his vineyards just west of Lubbock. “You see how these leaves are shriveled up?” he said, grabbing one of the chest-high branches and pulling it away from the trellis. Some of the leaves in the cluster were the size of my hand, while others were stunted and had curled back on themselves, as if in physical pain. “That’s called cupping.”Timmons, whose long, white beard and confident pronouncements give him the air of an Old Testament prophet, owns around two hundred acres of vineyards spread across the Texas High Plains. He comes from a long line of farmers. His ancestors grew row crops in…
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