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WFA VINTAGE REPORT
The Winemakers' Federation of
Australia (WFA) recently convened its
national two-day outlook conference
The following is a brief excerpt
of the National Vintage Report. All
members are urged to read this and
go to the WFA website (www.wfa.org.
au) for a more detailed analysis.
The 2014 Australian grape crush
is estimated at 1.7 million tonnes, a
7 per cent decrease from last year's
crush. This ﬁgure is on par with the
seven-year average and 136,000
tonnes lower than last year's crush
The decrease in overall crush is
attributable to generally lower yields
per hectare in some of the cooler
temperate regions, offset by higher
yields in the warm inland regions.
The 2014 beverage wine
production estimate is 1202 million
litres, a decrease of around 2 per
cent on last year.
An analysis of sales and
inventory levels suggests that if
2013/14 inventories remain the
same as last year's, the industry's
stock-to-sales ratio will further
increase to 1.48 due to a decrease
in the volume of export sales.
The 2012 expert review analysis
on production proﬁtability has been
extended to include 2014 data.
Accounting for a 3 per cent
increase in the cost of production,
profitable production across all
regions decreased to 7 per cent of
total production, and unproﬁtable
production increased to 84 per cent.
Results are due to factors such
as an approximate 11 per cent
decrease in the average winegrape
purchase price from 2012 to 2014,
decrease in average yields for the
cooler temperate regions and an
increase in yields for the warm
Complementing the WFA Vintage
Survey, the Australian Grape
and Wine Authority (AGWA) has
completed its annual Winegrape
Purchases Price Dispersion Report.
It shows that, overall, the
national average wine grape
purchase price in 2014 was $441
per tonne, down 12 per cent on the
The 2015 vintage will continue to
present challenges to the industry.
Unless the industry takes
proactive action to grow the demand
opportunity and accelerate the
correction in the supply base,
the industry will continue to see
seasonal pricing ﬂuctuations around
an already low base.
This should be a further incentive
for the industry to pursue the
necessary initiatives outlined in
WFA’s Actions for Industry Proﬁtability
Riverland Wine members
warmly congratulate Angove Family
Winemakers managing director,
and long standing management
committee member, John Angove,
who was awarded honorary life
membership at the South Australian
Wine Industry Association (SAWIA)
annual general meeting held last
Representing the fourth
generation of the family-owned
winery, John joined the business
in the 1970s, becoming managing
director in 1983 and then chairman
SAWIA said Mr Angove had
been a key member of the state's
peak body and the industry for
many years, representing the
interests of the grape growers
and wine producers of his regional
association on the SAWIA board.
That period included terms as
vice president and president.
John presently serves on the
board of WFA and the Australian
Wine Research Institute (AWRI). The
Angove family were pioneers of this
region, and have been recognised
for more than a century for their
achievements and contribution to
the Riverland community.
It was the Angove family who
worked with the Chaffey Brothers
to pioneer irrigated crops at Murtho.
It was John's father who first
patented wine casks almost 50
years ago (a world ﬁrst).
The Murtho vineyards are
presently investing heavily in organic
wine production, and the Angove
label is undoubtedly one of the
best-recognised Australian wine and
We are indeed privileged to
have John Angove's commitment,
inﬂuence and wisdom in all things
to do with Riverland viticulture,
winemaking and wine marketing.
REMEMBER TO VOTE
As advised last week, there
is intense competition across the
grower community for the four
vacancies arising on the RWGA
The four members standing
down have all renominated
(Sheridan Alm, Stuart Andrew,
Andrew Kassebaum and Ashley
Five other outstanding
candidates from Blanchetown to
Paringa have also been nominated
(David Zadow, Jim Thomson,
David King, Brett Proud and Brett
This is tremendously
encouraging. It is important for all
members to vote for the candidates
they think can best represent them
during these challenging times.
By now you should have received
information about all the candidates
and a ballot slip.
Riverland Wine used the
Phylloxera Board member's mailing
list. All information packs were
posted on Monday, September 29.
Note: It is a requirement of
the constitution that all votes be
received by Riverland Wine by close
of business this Friday.
Voting slips brought to the AGM
will be ineligible.
The new management
committee will be announced at
the AGM to be convened in Coco's
Room at the Berri Hotel on Monday,
October 20, commencing at 3pm.
Members are reminded that this
afternoon they will be welcome to
attend a very special event at the
Chaffey Theatre, Renmark.
The industry chiefs of the six
wineries that purchase the majority
of grapes from the Riverland will
each present their views about the
future of the wine industry in this
region. Australia's largest bulk wine
trader will also offer a perspective.
Details were published last
week, and invitations were included
with the voting information.
The speakers will be: Accolade
-- Simon Williams, Angove Family
Winemakers -- John Angove,
Kingston Estate Wines -- Bill
Moularadellis, Pernod Richard --
Brett McKinnon, Treasury Estate
Wines -- Stuart McNab, Yalumba --
Andrew Murphy, Austwine (bulk wine
trader) -- Jim Moularadellis.
Each of these business leaders
will speak for up to 10 minutes after
which Riverland Wine and AGWA
chair Brian Walsh will moderate a
Once again, it is very important
that you book via email (admin@
riverlandwine.com.au) or phone
Kate on 8584 5816.
The event will conclude with
a barbecue and complimentary
TAFE COURSE IN NOV.
TAFE SA will be conducting a
'basic laboratory skills for vintage'
course for people interested in
gaining skills required for working
in a wine laboratory.
The one-day course will be
held on Sunday, November 16, at
Glossop High School.
Registrations of interest are
required by Tuesday, November 11.
Further details are available
by contacting Taryn Hall via phone
(8207 1235) or email (taryn.hall@
WINE, FOOD FESTIVAL
The Riverland Wine and Food
Festival is on this weekend:
CITRUS GALL WASP (CGW)
Mandatory control, including backyard trees.
Estimated wasp emergence: October 10.
Physical removal: Prune off galls. Burn or
deep bury as CGW may still survive at this time.
De-sucker trees after CGW emergence. Note
that rootstock acts as a decoy attractant. Avoid
heavy winter/spring hedging activities in infested
orchards. Where practical, implement summer/
autumn pruning strategies.
Summer Oil suppressant: Oil acts as a
deterrent from females laying eggs but does not
control emergence or adults.
Application method: Summer Oil @ 0.5 per
cent, high volume. At 5 per cent emergence
or four to seven days after ﬁrst adults emerge,
apply the ﬁrst Summer Oil. Apply second Summer
Oil application seven to 10 days after the ﬁrst
application. Apply third Summer Oil application
seven to 10 days after the second application.
Coverage should span the four to five-week
activity period. Oil may reduce fruit set when
sprayed at ﬂowering.
Chemical application: Chemical control will
reduce overall numbers but not eradicate or
completely control the infestation (this is due
to the female mating and laying eggs almost
Chemical application should be timed for
when the maximum number of wasps are
present and usually included with the second oil
application. Ensure a backpack insecticide spray
unit is on standby for twice daily spot spraying.
IPM balance will be affected.
Suprathion: Apply 125ml as per dilute label
rate with second 0.5 per cent oil application. Note
that there is a 21-day withholding period (some
Chlorpyrifos: Apply at a rate of 50ml/100L
high volume with the second oil application. Note
that there is a 14-day withholding period (some
Lannate: Apply as per label rates, high
volume, with second 0.5 per cent oil application.
Note that there is a two-day withholding period
(contact control with adults present at the time).
Confidor guard: Apply now, 9ml/tree soil
drench. Targets newly infested CGW larvae.
Note that there is a 20-week withholding period.
Isolated limited use in medium to high threshold
patches. MRL breaches will affect market access.
Ensure packers are aware of control measures
Backyard trees: Physical CGW gall removal
and backpack insecticide spray unit on standby
for twice-daily spot spraying.
WHAT IS FARM BIOSECURITY?
Farm biosecurity is a set of measures
designed to protect a property from the entry and
spread of pests and diseases.
Farm biosecurity is your responsibility, and
that of every person or contractor visiting or
working on your property.
To reduce the risk of biosecurity threats (new
pests or pathogens such as CGW, exocortis virus,
etc.), entering and becoming established in your
orchard familiarise yourself with preventative
strategies and techniques that protect your
Early detection and response can reduce the
impact on your orchard and industry, and increase
the likelihood of successful eradication.
To assist in protecting your orchard and the
citrus industry from invasive biosecurity threats,
download the Orchard Biosecurity Manual for the
Citrus Industry, which is available online (www.
Neighbour Due Diligence: This is deﬁned as:
"The care that a reasonable person exercises to
avoid harm to other persons or their property."
It is a lack of due diligence to allow biosecurity
threats and pests such as CGW to go uncontrolled
on your property while your neighbour is
implementing control measures.
The lack of a collaborative control approach
will adversely affect the efforts made by your
neighbour to control the pest or pathogen.
Working together by delivering well-timed
uniform control measures will minimise
infestations and strengthen biosecurity protection.
Orchard biosecurity underpins the success of
regional biosecurity. IT'S UP TO YOU.
Trees from interstate: Growers are reminded
that sourcing of trees from interstate must have
certain protection control measures in place prior
to delivery. Penalties apply for failure to comply.
As per the Plant Health Act 2009, which is
designed to protect SA from the introduction
of harmful pests and pathogens, any person/
company intending on importing trees (plant
product) from interstate are required to:
Become a registered importer.
Ensure a plant health certiﬁcate/manifest
accompanies the consignment and is provided
prior to product entering SA.
Host plant products are (pre-arranged)
inspected and certiﬁcation veriﬁed by a Biosecurity
Annual registration fees and inspection
costs apply. Additional options are available for
continuous imports of interstate plant products:
The registered importer can become
IVCA accredited to inspect and certify each
imported consignment all year round. Half-year
accreditation schemes are also available.
Set-up and annual fees apply. Growers can
negotiate for an already registered importer to
order product on their behalf (in the name of
registered importer), and have the consignment
inspected and certiﬁed by an existing third-party
IVCA accredited business.
Growers can form a collective entity that
becomes a registered importer with IVCA
accreditation, through which produce is then
ordered, inspected and certiﬁed, allowing single
accreditation and audit costs to be shared by
The Plant Quarantine Standard (PQS)
determines the entry requirements for each
commodity. Restrictions and conditions apply
Citrus trees from Queensland are
Citrus trees from NSW must meet set
Avocado trees from Queensland need to
meet set conditions.
Citrus trees from Victoria or WA must meet
Mandatory CGW control, biosecurity,
registered importers and neighbour due diligence
are all incentive measures that protect South
Australia and our horticulture industries.
CASAR GROWER SURVEY
Approximately one year ago, CASAR conducted
a grower survey that largely focused on grower/
packer related issues.
This survey proved to be a valuable exercise
for the committee to address a number of key
grower concerns and issues.
A follow-up citrus grower survey is planned
at the end of this year to determine grower
satisfaction with CASAR and identify areas of
improvement, along with issues growers would
like the committee to address.
Those with questions about anything in this
week's column or to discuss an issue, please
contact the chair Con Poulos at saregion@
citrusaustralia.com.au or Sam Rogers via email
(firstname.lastname@example.org) or phone
(0477 110 933).
Citrus Australia - SA Regional Wrap
JUNIOR EXHIBITORS: Waikerie's Noah, Syrus
and Eden Hensel entered many items in the
Loxton Show recently. They were very successful,
with 34 first certificates, 17 seconds, five thirds,
two certificates of merit and seven trophies in the
junior exhibitors section. ABOVE: Syrus also won
a ribbon for Champion Junior Bantam. BELOW:
Eden, Noah and Syrus at the Show.
IRRIGATORS and dryland farmers in the
Murray-Darling Basin are among those set
to benefit from a State Government climate
change initiative announced on Friday.
Minister for Sustainability, Environment and
Conservation Ian Hunter said South Australia's
Regional Adaptation Framework was one of
only two policy initiatives to be highlighted in
the Climate Group's states and regions report
published during Climate Week in New York.
"I was extremely proud to have represented the
State Government in New York at the recent UN
Climate Summit, and to see South Australia and our
regions being internationally recognised for this
innovative approach to climate change," he said.
The report claims regions are implementing
innovative policies that are "motivated by local
needs, aimed at overcoming specific barriers,
and designed to do more with less government
"This plan is the culmination of more than two
years of work with key stakeholders in the region,"
Mr Hunter said. "The intention is to provide a
guiding document for the region that will help
build resilience to future climate-related impact on
vulnerable communities, as well as economic and
The plan identifies eight key areas for
adaptation -- the Coorong and Lower Lakes,
vulnerable members of the community, irrigation,
dryland farming, emergency services, pest
animals and plants and essential services -- with
priority actions for each.
Mr Hunter said the South Australian Murray-
Darling Basin region had already shown great
adaptability to climate variability, having come
through the millennium drought.
"Climate change will present new, longer-term
issues for the entire state, including weather that is
hotter and drier, a higher risk of bushfire and sea
level rise, so there is much to prepare for," he said.
To view the plan, visit: www.naturalresources.
Govt reveals its plan
for climate change
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