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2006 Vineyard Field Day a success

The 2006 Vineyard Field Day held on the 7th and 8th of September in Griffith was a huge success from the 2005 inaugural event with 300 people attending the 2 day event. The Wine Grapes Marketing Board hosted a full vineyard field day which included an opening BBQ breakfast, trade sites, viticulture seminar series, local wine promotion and a industry thank you presentation to retiring NSW DPI district viticulturist Harry Creecy for his service to the industry. The field days had fantastic weather post Wednesday’s wonderful rain enabling growers to enjoy the one-stop-shop for their winegrape & vineyard needs at the Griffith Showground.

Growers and Exhibitors were impressed with the selected site and setup for the event. Over twenty (20) exhibitors came together with a range of equipment and service backgrounds from large local machinery suppliers to regional information service providers. Exhibitors were derived from across New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia.

The Wine Grapes Marketing Board was delighted with the set-up of the site and enthusiasm of all exhibitors and attending growers. ‘It was pleasing to have a positive activity for the industry to be involved and participate in during the current cycle’ said Bruno Brombal, (chairman of the Wine Grapes Marketing Board).

The seminar series focused on current issues and research updates for growers in the forthcoming vintage. Topics include “Hitting the Cap and the Quality” by Dr Michael McCarthy from South Australian Research & Development Institute (SARDI) based in Nuriootpa SA. Dr McCarthy presented information on meeting winery yield and quality parameters through irrigation and vine balance management. Other topics included 2006 Riverina Carbohydrate reserves and bud fruitfulness presented by Leo Quirk based at the National Wine & Grape Industry Centre (NWGIC) Wagga Wagga, Top-working options presented by Shayne Hackett from the NWGIC, Plant Hormone effects on bunchstem and berry development presented by Aude Gourieroux from the NWGIC, Water Stress on Semillon vines presented by Dennis Greer from the NWGIC, and Floor Management – vine management and implications for industry adoption presented by Dejan Tesic from the NWGIC.

The Wine Grapes Marketing Board would like too thank everyone involved especially the National Wine and Grape Industry Centre, Casella Wines, Yenda Rotary, MIA Party Hire and all participating businesses and exhibitors which made the 2006 field day a very successful event.

The Wine Grapes Marketing Board will look to change the Vineyard Field Day event in the future with the changes to the Murrumbidgee Farm fair being held in Griffith. Jason Cappello, Technical Officer said ‘The Board will continue to hold similar events in coming years for growers such as demonstration days and seminar events, and the Board will support the organisers of the Murrumbidgee Farm Fair being held in Griffith on the 11th and 12th of May 2007 where we want to incorporate our field day into this well known event’.

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