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26/05/2010

Vineyard rots out in the open

Local winegrape growers have been invited to focus on the health of their vines at a trunk disease field day on Wednesday, June 09, from 12pm to 3.30 pm at Cumulus Estate, Euchareena Road, Molong. Industry & Investment New South Wales horticulturist Anne Mooney says vines more than 10 years old could already be showing signs of trunk disease and growers with healthy looking vines could also benefit from lessons learned in managing trunk disease. “Growers will learn to identify and manage wood rot diseases which have been recognised as a major threat to the sustainability of the local wine industry,” she said. A National Wine and Grape Industry Centre 2006–2008 survey of 73 NSW vineyards, with wood samples taken from 1789 vines, found bot canker (Botryospheria) was a major cause of vine wood rot and the first cases of eutypa dieback in NSW. NWGIC researcher and field day guest speaker Wayne Pitt says growers should avoid pruning in wet weather to prevent introducing the fungi that cause the rots. “Once vines are infected through pruning wounds there is no cure and left unmanaged, trunk diseases reduce production and can kill vines,” he said. The field day is supported by the Orange Region Vignerons Association and the NWGIC, an alliance between I&I NSW, Charles Sturt University and the NSW Wine Industry Association. The field day commences with a $5 barbeque lunch and growers should RSVP by Tuesday, June 8 to Bob Colton (02) 6361 8964 or

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