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November 2019

In this edition

Digital system has the potential to reduce production costs

Riverland grapegrowers have just completed road-testing the first stage of a digital vineyard guidance system that aims to save on production costs, particularly in labour and operating expenses.

A collaboration between Riverland Wine and University of Adelaide engineers, scientists and economists the system uses a range of agricultural technologies including sensing, connectivity and data analytics, to assist prediction and decision making.

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Study investigates suitable rootstocks for Mornington Peninsula Pinot Noir

A Wine Australia-funded Incubator Initiative research project has identified several grapevine rootstocks that may offer advantages in timing of flowering, canopy and plant nutrients for Pinot Noir growers.

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The ultimate Pinot Noir taste test

The first phase of a research project investigating the suitability of a range of rootstocks for Mornington Peninsula Pinot Noir is showing promising preliminary results (see above story). But what will the wine from the Mornington Peninsula trials taste like?

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Getting the best bang for your spraying buck

Effective spray application can save growers time, money and resources – and better protect the environment.

But how best to spray?

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New pest and disease surveillance tech to launch in Barossa  

The national multi-agricultural industry surveillance initiative iMapPESTS is launching a trial of its airborne surveillance and diagnostics technologies on 5 December at the Nuriootpa Research Station.

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Register to attend the launch

A changing of the vines

Going back to bush basics could reform Australia's wine industry, by cutting chemical use and preparing farmers for climate change.

Marty McCarthy from ABC Rural recently spoke to Associate Professor Tim Cavagnaro and post-doctoral research fellow Tom Lines about their research into cover crops and to Prue Henschke (Henschke) and Alex Schulz (Turkey Flat) who are using cover crops and Australian native plants in their vineyards. 

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Realising the potential of the direct-to-consumer channel

Wine businesses are increasingly recognising the value of direct-to-consumer (DTC) wine sales, with this channel reaching an estimated $1 billion in 2018–19, driven by year-on-year value growth of 9 per cent.

Collecting and analysing simple business metrics can help wine businesses fully realise the potential of this channel, according to Wine Australia's Cellar Door and Direct-to-consumer report 2019.

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In brief

  • In our last issue, we featured a story on Martin Gransden’s Nuffield Scholarship and his research into alternative varieties. Martin’s report has now been published and is available to download here (PDF).
  • Nominations close on 6 December 2019 for the Australian Biosecurity Awards.
  • Congratulations to the team behind the Creating Resilient Landscapes in Barossa environmental initiative, which won the Australian Government Landcare Farming Award and to the McLaren Vale Biodiversity Project team which won the Australian Government Partnerships for Landcare Award at the recent SA Landcare Awards.
  • From July 2020, the Australian Government’s Future Drought Fund will allocate $100 million each year for projects that strengthen resilience, preparedness and response to the impacts of inevitable future droughts. Have your say on how the Fund can help farm businesses and communities build drought resilience. Submit your feedback on the funding plan by 13 December 2019.
  • Email submissions to inform the next Wine Australia Strategic Plan (2020–25) are open until the end of December. Read the discussion paper here.   
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