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The Riverland Automatic Weather Station Network

As mentioned in previous newsletters, Riverland Wine is collaborating with the NRM Board to expand and upgrade the region’s automatic weather station network.

Time is running out to register for the 14th annual Young Gun of Wine (YGOW), designed to celebrate and showcase both young wine labels and winemakers on the rise.

As from the beginning of this new financial year the ATO Single Touch Payroll (STP) system will require all small employers to report payroll activities on a regular basis. This means Growers who pay staff must report tax and super information progressively throughout the year.

If water was not part of the equation, most Riverland wine growers would be very pleased with the medium-term outlook. The recent Wine Australia survey data reveals the region has emerged from the dark days of oversupply and drought in a strong position; well placed to meet the demands of customers and consumers. Many have already received inquiries about availability of winegrapes for the 2020 vintage.

A comprehensive stakeholder survey by Wine Australia is underway.

A link to the survey has been sent to over 8,000 Australian wine and grape community members and Wine Australia CEO Andreas Clark is encouraging everyone to have their say on how their levies are spent.

As foreshadowed recently, Riverland Wine has been working with Magarey Pathology to make improvements and add new features to the disease-alert system delivered under the CropWatch banner for many years.

Notwithstanding the good-news on market prices for grapes, the market-price for water is continuing to dampen many spirits. An outcome of the ‘wrecking decade’ has been new levels of efficiency in almost every vineyard. The region’s growers have outperformed most others in terms of initiating and adopting best practice to reduce production costs. Most have already achieved high levels of water use efficiency. BUT Water markets are now confounding many as they strive to understand complex, inconsistent, policies, products and standards.

The Australian winegrape crush for 2019 is estimated to be 1.73 million tonnes – 50% approximately from South Australia and 27.43% from the South Australia’s Riverland.

The announcement that allocations have lurched forward another 7% in the past fortnight has been greeted with groans from our increasingly frustrated irrigator community. This super cautious creeping policy is hard to comprehend.

Good news from Wine Australia this week. Following requests from Wine Australia, the Department of Agriculture has agreed to establish a levy payer register for the Australian grape and wine sector.

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