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Surviving the drought

The Riverland Wine Industry Development Council through the efforts of its Viticulture Technical Group has arranged a practical information session to assist growers with managing reduced water allocations.

The session will be held on Wednesday, 22 November, Loxton Research Centre, Bookpurnong Road, 7.30am sharp for a bacon and eggs breakfast.

With many in the industry wondering how they are likely to survive the drought, it is important that a coordinated wine industry response was arranged. The morning session is expected to run for two hours and will follow the breakfast with presentations starting at 8.30am.

Presenters will deliver succinct messages on the diverse issues facing winegrape growers regarding water management:

Dr. Mike McCarthy of SARDI, a scientist and industry leader in the field of irrigation, will speak to the issue of ‘Irrigation scheduling with reduced allocation’.

Noel Johnston, the local coordinator for the ‘Improving irrigation efficiency project’ with the SA MDB NRMB, will concentrate on practical, in-field demonstrations and provide information on ‘Matching irrigation to soil type and measuring system efficiency’.

Ms Teresa Heuzenroeder, a winemaker with Yalumba, will give an indication of what she looks for in terms of quality and how that expresses itself out in the field; recognising that red and white varieties will need to be managed quite differently.

Mr Shane Phillips and Mr Andrew Weeks, both of whom have many years experience managing vineyards and growing fruit to winery specification, will provide insight on how they intend to manage properties under their control with restricted water allocations.

The RWIDC wishes to acknowledge the efforts of the Barossa Viticulture Technical Group in formulating an industry approach to drought response. The dwindling supply of water must be managed to deliver the most productive outcomes whilst at the same time recognising the need for a sustainable future.

Winegrape growers in the region are encouraged to attend. Information and knowledge are powerful tools and our ability to respond to crisis is dependent on both.

For further information phone Tim Smythe on (08) 8582 2952 or email .



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