Important workshops

Riverland Wine has been working key industry bodies to arrange two workshops to take place after harvest.

Both workshops will be full day events at the McCormick Centre, Renmark. At the first on May 8 the AWRI will make a series of 20 minute presentations about topics such as: Improving Fruit Set; The Effect of Heat on Bunches; New Varieties and Clones; and Managing Rots.

Later the same day, Mike McCarthy and Jason Smith, on behalf of the GWRDC, will present: The Importance of Grape Vine Nutrition – Post Harvest; Managing Irrigation between Harvest and Bud Burst; and Getting Vine Balance Right.

The second event on June 4 will also be at the McCormick Centre.

During the morning session, Alan Nankivell and Andrew Downs from the Phylloxera Board together with a number of local identities and representatives from Biosecurity SA will simulate a phylloxera outbreak. This will be presented in the form of a ‘role play’ with growers, wineries, transport operators and the two authorities illustrating just how serious a phylloxera outbreak will be in this region and how it will impact and limit the movement of fruit.

Following the lunch break, Rachel Barrett (WGGA) and Brad Siebert from Plant Health Australia will deliver the Vineyard Biosecurity presentation covering such topics as: What biosecurity means; The biggest biosecurity risks; The biosecurity manual for viticulture (hard copies to be distributed); What you must do if an exotic pest or disease is discovered; What will industry and government do and most importantly, Who will bear the costs and what compensation will be paid if crops must be destroyed!

Watch this space for more information and booking details in the coming weeks.

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