Now is the time…

Now is the time to consider your vines’ irrigation requirements in the lead up to bud burst.

Winter rains and dormant vines means soil moisture is spread reasonably well across the profile, and any salts accumulated within the root-zone are in the most accessible state for successful leaching – without the vine picking any up.

 

Drip irrigated vineyards are the usually most difficult to leach and research has shown that two or (preferably) three irrigations, during dormancy, quite close together, get the best ‘bang for your buck’ in moving mobile salt out of the vines’ root-zones. Doing this, just prior to budburst also leaves helps fill the profile, to promote an even and healthy budburst and get vines off to a great start in spring.

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