Irrigation

Application of water to a vineyard is one of the strongest methods of influencing the quality and quantity of fruit available at harvest. The Riverland has prolonged hot periods in the summer months, and the recent shortages of availability and increased cost of water makes irrigation one of the most crucial operations that a grower can make in the Riverland.

While most growers know their particular vineyard and irrigation system well, there is often benefit in continuing to reassess practices during an irrigation season, to ensure the most efficient use of an expensive resource, to ensure a sustainable yield, and prevent adverse impacts during heat events.

Water allocations and carry-over

Water allocations and announcements (S.A. DEW)
https://www.environment.sa.gov.au/topics/river-murray/water-allocations-and-announcements

Murray Darling Basin Plan (S.A. DEW)
https://www.environment.sa.gov.au/topics/river-murray/basin-plan

South Australian carryover
https://www.environment.sa.gov.au/topics/river-murray/about-river-murray/water-allocation-and-carryover/south-australian-private-carryover

Alternatives to S.A. Carryover (S.A. DEW)
https://www.environment.sa.gov.au/topics/river-murray/water-allocation-and-carryover/alternatives-to-South-Australian-carryover

Permits, Licenses, Forms and Levies – S.A. DEW website (Many links)
https://www.environment.sa.gov.au/managing-natural-resources/river-murray/permits-licences-forms-levies

Practical

Salinity (Overview, Wine Australia)
https://www.wineaustralia.com/growing-making/vineyard-management/salinity

Salinity Management in Australian Vineyards (Fact sheet) an extensive practical guide
https://www.wineaustralia.com/getmedia/7698d8aa-63dc-4d0f-a040-78b63ff66e3f/201404_Sustainable-salinity-management-in-Australian-vineyards.pdf

Measuring soil salinity – Vitinotes
https://www.awri.com.au/wp-content/uploads/v_activity_soil_measure.pdf

How to start irrigating with less water (Vitinotes fact sheet)
https://www.wineaustralia.com/getmedia/b45ec6d7-e571-45d7-be78-f4d922750b14/How-to-start-irrigating-with-less-water-(2010).pdf

Soil Moisture Monitoring – Vitinotes
https://www.awri.com.au/wp-content/uploads/v_activity_soil_moisture.pdf

An introduction to Regulated Deficit Irrigation (RDI) – Vitinotes
https://www.awri.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2_irrigation_introduction_to_rdi.pdf

Scheduling regulated deficit irrigation – Vitinotes
https://www.awri.com.au/wp-content/uploads/4_irrigation_scheduling_rdi.pdf

Varietal responses to regulated deficit irrigation – Vitinotes
https://www.awri.com.au/wp-content/uploads/5_irrigation_varietal_responses_to_rdi.pdf

CCW Water budget Tool – Excel Spreadsheet download – (Wine Australia funding has made the CCW water budget tool publicly available)
https://www.wineaustralia.com/getmedia/de90a38e-4a57-4e93-9f69-1d67242dcd00/CCW-water-budget-tool.xls

CCW Water Budget tool – supplementary notes (Presentation)
https://www.wineaustralia.com/getmedia/b7075390-b138-45fc-bcd3-de5647ec272d/CCW-water-budget-presentation.pdf

Riverland Wine – Facing the water availability challenge (AITHER) – workshop summary
https://www.riverlandwine.com.au/images/pdf/RWdocs/20190812_Riverland_Wine_workshop_summary_report.pdf

Riverland Wine – Facing the water availability challenge (AITHER) – workshop presentation
https://www.riverlandwine.com.au/images/pdf/Riverland_irrigator_workshop_presentation_Aug_2019.pdf

Riverland Wine – Water Business Tools
https://www.riverlandwine.com.au/images/Water-Business-Tools-ver3.xlsx

Technical

Salinity – a management interpretation guide (very extensive)
https://www.wineaustralia.com/getmedia/0397ae01-5679-49cc-b100-c68c4708cde5/201103-Salinity-management-interpretation-guide.pdf

What can the vine tell us about its water status? – (Presentation) Everard Edwards, CSIRO
https://www.wineaustralia.com/getmedia/0e1d9b7a-42fd-4a8a-b1ea-8ddbdc129d1b/201406-What-can-the-vine-tell-us-about-its-water-status

Water management for wine grapes in a drying environment (Management Guide)
https://www.wineaustralia.com/getmedia/0d28f6c3-49f8-4865-8304-26d2f64bf977/Water-management-for-wine-grapes-in-a-drying-environment.pdf

Regulated Deficit and Partial Rootzone Drying – Irrigation Insights (107 page technical booklet, pdf)
https://www.wineaustralia.com/getmedia/50a58da5-ecc5-4aa1-ad06-8e3c87e38de9/NPI-01-01-RECV-27-10-03-PRD-irrigation-insights

Post-harvest care of grapevines – Irrigation and Nutrition (technical factsheet)
https://www.wineaustralia.com/getmedia/71d11299-dddd-4cc4-ac8f-9b3e94df6170/201404_post-harvest-care-of-grapevines-irrigation-and-nutrition.pdf

Guide to the Irrisat Cloud – based app (booklet)
https://irrisat-cloud.appspot.com/doc/IrriSAT_QuickGuide_20052016.pdf

Access to Irrisat weather-based irrigation scheduling
https://irrisat-cloud.appspot.com/

Irrisat explanation video (YouTube)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ccvJizT4Iw0

Irrisat video tutorial (YouTube)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5qznIkqDsIA

Scheduling water and Nutrients (SWAN systems) – home page
https://www.swansystems.com.au/

Drip Irrigation – maintenance handbook (Netafim) – an extensive 96 page guide to drip irrigation system maintenance
https://www.netafim.com/es-pe/bynder/9CBBB64A-0F4C-40FF-833E7A24BF9926F2-drip-irrigation-system-maintenance-handbook.pdf

The effect of soil and irrigation management on grapevine performance (M.Ag.Sc. thesis paper)
https://digital.library.adelaide.edu.au/dspace/bitstream/2440/37963/8/02whole.pdf

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