Spring Vine Field Days goes to Murray Valley

Murray Valley winegrape growers will have the opportunity to learn key advice on how to beat disease next week at the Spring Vine Health workshop.

The workshop, which takes place on Wednesday 31 August, is the second of 10 to be held so far, with the first being held in Hunter Valley last week.

Funded by the GWRDC, the Spring Vine Health Field Days is an initiative of the National Wine and Grape Industry Centre with inputs from the Depart of Primary Industries NSW and Charles Sturt University.

The workshops aim to provide practical support and knowledge to improve and better manage vine health.

NSW DII district viticulturist Gregory Moulds says the workshop will equip growers to safeguard their crops from disease this season.

“Preventative spray programs are used to protect crops against disease, however last season’s wet weather and low chemical availability left many growers with masses of rotting grapes,” Moulds said.

“Next Wednesday winegrape growers will come together to hear about and discuss spray programs that will protect their crops from diseases such as powdery mildew, downy mildew and botrytis.”

Representatives from chemical companies will give presentations on key information such as: whether the chemical is systemic, translaminar or contact; what is the mode of action of the chemical; how long will the chemical protect for; and how quickly is it rainfast.

The workshop will also cover information on the activity of different chemicals, the issues surrounding chemical efficiency and spray volumes, and the concerns relating to chemical availability and emergency permits.

The Murray Valley Spring Vine Health workshop will be held on Wednesday 31 August, between 2-7pm, with dinner provided.

For more information or to book, contact Murray Valley Winegrowers on (03) 5021 3911.

Places are limited.