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How to set up your canopy for maximum production.
Now that bud burst is upon us, it is critical that the
canopy of the vines has a quick get away. Healthy
canopy development sets up the engine room of
the plant for a productive season, and flows on
to good root growth and a good set at flowering.
Without a good canopy, production will be severely
Low reserves = restricted growth
When vines are put to bed for the winter with
inadequate nutrition, their performance in spring is
impaired. Low energy reserves show as restricted
spring growth, biennial bearing, or just a straight out
low yield. All of these effects directly hit your hip
Keeping energy levels up is critical.
If the vines are starting behind the eight ball, or you
are aiming for high performance, here are 2 key
actions to take.
1) One of the key elements in this kind of situation is
phosphate. Like a mini battery, it is involved in energy
transfer within the vine, and fertigation with MAP tech
early and then through the season will keep energy
2) Use Mega Kel P as a foliar. Having developed quite
a reputation over the last 6 years, Mega Kel P is a
combination of a phosphate rich nutrient mix with a
highly root stimulating kelp. This combination gives
the benefit of getting the canopy and roots going...
a bit like giving the vine an energy drink! I would start
at 5-10cm growth, and incorporate it into the next
couple fungicide sprays prior to flowering.
As part of a well balanced fert program, this quick
get away recipe will give you the start you need to
maximize crop potential. For product rates that fit your
situation, call me...
Riverland Wine accounts for
over 20 per cent of the nation's
grape crush and has joined
forces with the Winemakers'
Federation of Australia (WFA)
to argue the case for Australian
wine's preferential tax rate.
Riverland Wine joins the Wolf
Blass Foundation and a growing
number of leading winemakers
who are standing up to those
pushing for wine tax increases,
such as highly proﬁtable beer
and spirits manufacturers and
sections of the public health
WFA chief executive Paul
Evans said Riverland Wine's
support was signiﬁcant.
"Riverland Wine represents
a diverse and important part
of the nation's wine industry,
with some 1018 grape growers
and 16 wineries among its
membership," he said.
"The region's support
will enable us to expand our
research and undertake an
"Importantly it will give us a
stronger voice when it comes
to explaining to government
that any proposals to increase
wine taxes [that it might be
considering as part of its
planned tax review expected
later this year] will cost jobs and
hurt regional economies when
the industry is already doing it
"I thank Riverland Wine
for standing up and lending
its support on this important
Riverland Wine executive
officer Chris Byrne said the
Australian wine industry
continued to endure its
toughest period in more than
"Any increase in wine
taxes would severely damage
the wine industry and hurt
regional communities, trade and
tourism," he said.
The support from Riverland
Wine will help pay for the WFA's
analysis of wine taxation and
its impact on the Australian
wine industry, ahead of a
national review of the tax system
expected later this year and the
2015 Federal Budget, as well as
support a broader community
Support from the Wolf Blass
Foundation has already enabled
the WFA to commission expert
analysis to strengthen the case
to remove eligibility of New
Zealand and other overseas
producers from claiming the
wine equalisation tax rebate
-- estimated to potentially free
up in excess of $25 million per
annum, which the Federation
wants redirected to help
promote Australian wine exports
to key international markets.
These projects will be
detailed at the WFA's upcoming
national conference -- Outlook:
Taking Charge of our Future --
which will take place in Adelaide
on Wednesday, October 1, and
Thursday, October 2. More
information is available on the
WFA website (www.wfa.org.au).
Are you keeping your ﬁlters
and drippers clean?
Is your irrigation system
running as efﬁciently as it can
be and should be?
If you answered 'no' to either
question, you have a chance to
be one of just 30 Riverland Wine
members who can attend a free
irrigation system maintenance
ﬁeld day to be held this Friday.
This special event has been
organised by the Riverland
Viticultural Technology Group
(RVTG) as part of its charter to
assist members with adopting
and maintaining best practice.
It will be a great opportunity
to make sure that you are right
up to date with modern irrigation
management practices and
making sure you are getting the
best out of your very expensive
The workshop will commence
at midday on Friday with lunch
at Brenton Fenwick's property
(Section 23, Fenwick Road,
After lunch, Denis Sparrow
from Rural Solutions SA will
present the technical session
at Berri TAFE, followed by an
opportunity to ask all the tricky
The event will conclude with
a practical session back across
the road at the Fenwick property.
Places are limited to 30
people and bookings are
If you want to brush up on
your knowledge or if you have
any questions about irrigation
maintenance or system
performance, contact Kate
at Riverland Wine by email
or phone 8584 5816.
SARMS ROUND TWO
NOW OPEN FOR EOI
The second round of
grants under the $240 million
South Australian River Murray
Sustainability Irrigation Industry
Improvement Program (SARMS
3IP) opened for expressions of
interest last Monday.
The federally funded SARMS
program was formed through the
Water Industry Alliance's River
Murray Improvements Program
proposal, and was negotiated
as part of the Murray-Darling
It includes the $240 million
3IP initiative, and the $25
million Regional Economic
The program is one of the
biggest government investments
in a South Australian region, and
long-term beneﬁts are expected
to be delivered to irrigators
throughout the Murray-Darling
A total of $100 million of
funding was offered in round
one, which is expected to deliver
a return of 20 gigalitres of water
to the River Murray.
"The Australian and
South Australian government
investment in the Riverland
would return vital water to the
River Murray," said Minister for
Agriculture, Food and Fisheries
Leon Bignell. "It is playing a key
role in helping us achieve our
water recovery targets, set out in
the Murray-Darling Basin Plan to
the tune of 40 gigalitres."
secretary for the environment
Senator Simon Birmingham said
River Murray communities had
demonstrated a capacity for this
program through strong demand
during the ﬁrst round.
"South Australia boasts
many innovative and productive
irrigators, and every dollar of
this Australian Government
investment will promote
economic growth, both on the
farm and also in our regional
towns," he said.
Expressions of Interest will
close at 5pm on Friday, October
17. Regional information
sessions for round two of 3IP
will be held at:
Loxton Football Club
tomorrow from 11am to 1pm
and 3pm to 5pm.
Renmark Hotel, Friday,
September 26, 11am-1pm.
Waikerie Hotel, Monday,
September 29, 11am-1pm.
Berri Hotel, Monday,
September 29, 6pm-8pm.
These sessions will provide
a comprehensive explanation
of the guidelines released on
Monday, and an opportunity to
meet with 3IP regional support
Those wishing to attend
the information sessions can
register online on the 3IP
MP Tony Pasin has urged his
own party to close a "loophole" that
benefits New Zealand winemakers
ahead of Australian producers,
including those in the Riverland.
The Liberal Member for Barker
last week called on the Federal
Government to immediately end the
New Zealand wine producer rebate,
facilitated by the wine equalisation
The WET is applied to wine
consumed in Australia, paid on the
value of the wine and generally applied
to the last wholesale sale, usually
between the wholesaler and the retailer.
It is levied at 29 per cent on the
final wholesale price of wine, with a
full rebate paid on the first $500,000
The New Zealand producer rebate
is available for wine produced in New
Zealand and exported to Australia.
In calling for the scheme to be
wound up, Mr Pasin noted the producer
rebate scheme for New Zealand wine
producers started in July 2005 and
delivered $23 million to New Zealand
producers in 2012/13 alone.
"The time has come to close this
loophole and ensure that Australian
producers, particularly producers in
the Riverland, the Coonawarra and
the Barossa are not disadvantaged
by disingenuous tax rebates to our
international competitors," he said.
"The wine industry is a foundation
industry in my electorate and for South
Australia, and I am determined to
ensure that they are not being punished
by unfair tax arrangements that give
our competitors a leg up.
"It's the economic equivalent of
playing the All Blacks a man down or
the Silver Ferns without a goal attack.
"We wouldn't cop it on the sporting
field and we shouldn't cop it in the
Mr Pasin's stance has earned praise
from Riverland Wine via executive
officer Chris Byrne.
"We thank Tony Pasin for his strong
advocacy in support of our industry,"
Mr Byrne added.
Time to end subsidy: Pasin
MEMBER for Barker Tony Pasin says the New Zealand wine producer rebate should be withdrawn.
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