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A GOOD season, the
introduction of state-of-
the-art machinery and new
marketing strategies are all
contributors to a good citrus
season for 2014, according to
a local MP.
Member for Chaffey Tim
Whetstone recently visited
newly upgraded local packing
shed Venus Citrus and said
he was "excited" about the
future of the Riverland citrus
"The industry as a whole has
turned a corner," he said.
"Local packing sheds are
taking on new marketing
strategies and they are being
"Venus Citrus have a good
story behind their brand, they
are being more accountable
from farm to consumer.
"For too long this region has
grown fruit and hoped to get a
"The sheds are (now)
showing capacity to market and
it's paying dividends."
Mr Whetstone said local
packing sheds were attempting
to educate their consumers.
"They are saying that
externally fruit might have a
scratch, but internally it's good
quality," he said.
"I think it's important to
start changing that perspective.
"We've got to market it for
consumption in a better way,
because there's not a lot of
demand for fruit juices.
"The citrus industry has
copped an absolute shellacking
over the last four or five
years, and it's good to see us
growing alternative varieties,
and introducing marketing
strategies that are seeing
Meanwhile Citrus Australia
will present three industry
awards at its annual general
meeting in November.
The awards recognise
initiatives that individuals or
companies make in advancing
the Australian citrus industry
The three categories are:
Innovative Marketing Award,
Award and Impact on Industry
Nominations close on
Friday, October 3. For more
information, including the
opportunity to nominate, visit:
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AWRI WEBINAR PROGRAMS
Webinars are becoming increasingly
popular, allowing people to participate in
online seminars and workshops using a
computer with internet access.
Participants hear the presenter's voice and
see slides used in the presentations.
Since 2011, the Australian Wine Research
Institute (AWRI) has been conducting a
successful webinar program covering a range
of winemaking, winery management and
The program provides an excellent
opportunity for growers and winemakers to
hear practical advice and up-to-date research
presented by AWRI staff and grape and wine
industry experts in their feld.
A new series of webinar programs,
which commenced yesterday with sessions
continuing until mid-December, has been
launched by the AWRI.
Topics that will be covered in this series
include: changes to chemical labels for spray
drift reduction, carbohydrate management and
vineyard productivity and how to choose the
right shiraz clone for your vineyard.
One of the interactive seminars, Riverland
Revitalisation, will be presented by Riverland
wine grape grower Ashley Ratcliff on Thursday,
Each webinar consists of a presentation
followed by a Q&A session at the conclusion.
The webinars are usually conducted on
Tuesdays or Thursdays, and participation is
free but registration is required.
A full list of the current program and
previous webinars is available on the AWRI's
Further information is available via phone
(8313 6600) or email (infoservices@awri.
BIOSECURITY MANUALS OUT NOW
Wine Grape Growers Australia (WGGA) is
offering free copies of the Biosecurity Manual
for the Viticulture Industry to its members.
The manual is a valuable source of
information on biosecurity, and an essential
on-farm guide for dealing with biosecurity
threats in the vineyard.
Individual copies of the manual are
available from the WGGA office via phone
(8133 4400) or email (email@example.com).
The copies are complimentary to 2014-15
WGGA members if an interest is indicated on
the membership application form.
General biosecurity information is available
on the 'Biosecurity' page of the WGGA website
Biosecurity resources and news is also
available on the Farm Biosecurity (www.
farmbiosecurity.com.au) or Plant Health
Australia websites (www.planthealthaustralia.
The Biosecurity Manual for the Viticulture
Industry can also be downloaded from the
Farm Biosecurity and Plant Health Australia
RIVERLAND FIELD DAYS
This year's Riverland Field Days will be held
on Friday and Saturday, September 19 and 20,
and replace the Thursday-Friday format.
Featuring more than 350 exhibitors,
the Field Days are ideal for trade exhibitors
to showcase the latest in agricultural and
horticultural machinery, equipment and
The popular annual two-day event is held at
its purpose-built facility on the Sturt Highway
A number of attractions at this year's event
q Cooking demonstrations by celebrity
chef Poh Ling Yeow on both days. She will
also work with local high school students
participating in the High Schools Cooking
q Aerobatic demonstrations by 13-time
Australian National Aerobatic Champion Chris
q Royal Flying Doctor Service simulated
q Orrcon V8 Supercar simulator.
q Scouts climbing wall.
q Riverland wines will also be on show,
with a number of local wine and food producers
promoting their products and offering tastings
in the Food and Wine Village at the Field Days.
More information about this year's
Riverland Field Days is available on the website
NOW IS THE TIME TO...
Grape leaf rust mite (calepitrimerus vitis)
is a pest specifc to grapevines, and severe
infestations can cause economic losses ---
generally more problematic in later bud-bursting
The most widely recognised and distinct
symptom of grape leaf rust mite is 'bronzing'
(a reddish-brown tinge) on the upper surface of
vine leaves in late summer and early autumn.
Rust mite can also infict damage in early
spring through feeding within bursting buds
and at the base of young shoots. The damage
causes stunted growth, crinkling of young
leaves and small (<1mm) pale spots on the
Pre-bud burst chemical control is required
for the following season when more than 50
per cent of vine leaves are 'bronzed' on more
than 50 per cent of the vineyard.
Applying sulphur at bud burst or woolly
bud will help control mites early in the season.
If targeting mites, apply a high rate of
sulphur at high water rates to ensure good
coverage into bark crevices.
However, if trying to control powdery
mildew, then the frst spray is best applied at
the time the frst leaf is separated from the
shoot tip or an average growth stage of EL 7.
If sprays are applied too early, there will
not be enough leaf area for the chemical to
adhere to, and therefore powdery mildew
control will be limited.
grape growers have
been warned that
yield loss, fruit
prices and even
rejection of fruit are
among the potential
dangers posed by
weed control sprays.
As bud burst in wine
grapes commences, the
Wine Grape Council of
SA has requested that
all users of phenoxy
herbicides for weed
control be mindful of
their potential damage
to wine grapes and other
forms of 2,4-D are
currently banned until
April 30 next year.
Since September last
year, all users applying
Group I herbicides have
been required to keep
accurate and complete
records for a minimum
of two years and must
hold, as a minimum,
a current statement
of attainment for a
and apply chemicals'.
Wine Grape Council
Berry said if phenoxy
herbicide drifts into
a vineyard and green
tissue is exposed it can
stunt, distort or kill
impact can be even
greater for biodynamic
and organic vineyards
will inevitably see loss
of certification for a
number of years," he
An outline of
the specific record
requirements set by the
regulations can be found
on the Biosecurity SA
The Code of
Practice for Summer
Weed Control can also
be downloaded from
Biosecurity SA website.
Spray danger at bud burst
PRIMARY Industries and Regions
SA (PIRSA) has devised a strategy to
encourage more South Australian
women to consider careers in
The Women Influencing
Agribusiness and Regions Strategy
also aims to promote development
opportunities for women already in
The document's creation involved
important input from women working
in the state's agricultural sector.
Minister for Agriculture, Food
and Fisheries Leon Bignell said the
strategy aimed to increase women's
participation in agriculture.
"A lot of work had been done in the
past to support women in agriculture,
but much of that happened through
various community groups working
in isolation," he said.
"The strategy co-ordinates the
range of programs, including skills
training and promoting career paths,
that will help women make informed
choices about getting involved in the
state's agricultural industries...
"A key element of the new strategy
is to build the profiles of the diverse
and interesting jobs women have
in a range of agricultural and
horticultural industries in our state...
"The strategy is also aimed at
increasing awareness in government,
industries, and the community of the
role women play in agriculture."
Strategy for women in ag
Citrus on the up
MARIA Costi from Venus Citrus with Member for Chaffey recently.
Mr Whetstone says local packing houses are doing more to market
Riverland fruit, and seeing success.
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