CropWatch has been a regular part of the growing season for decades in this region; since the 1980s in fact. Many have referred to it as their ‘Bible’ especially in the ‘high risk period’ from September to December. CropWatch was developed by scientists from the Loxton Research Centre and run for many years as a ‘phone in service’ and then a fax service to subscribers. Since 2002, Riverland Wine (RW) has been responsible for the service.
It’s hard to estimate but the ‘savings’ to wine growers over the decades, as a result of CropWatch, would have amounted to many millions of dollars in saved chemical costs and saved crops.
Growers who would like to receive CropWatch can do so by contacting Riverland Wine by phone 8584 5816 or email Kate (firstname.lastname@example.org).