e-Alert - no. 54 - Header (JAN 2016)

  • Clare Valley grape growers access Murray River
  • New biosecurity regulations out for comment
  • AWRI webinars
  • Cool new weather tools for a hot summer
  • Vineyard scale control options
  • Wine Industry Marketing Conference
  • Latest RD&E news from Wine Australia
  • CCRSPI National Conference 2016
  • Australian Wine Industry Technical Conference and Trade Exhibition

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Clare Valley grape growers access Murray River for irrigation after years of lobbying

Clare Valley wine grape growers have struck a deal with SA Water which will allow them access to irrigation water from the River Murray.

The deal is the result of six years of lobbying and will allow grape growers a 400 megalitre allocation of water a year.

Over 50 irrigators across the Clare Valley have signed up to the scheme with the region’s biggest producers taking up the bulk of the available allocation.

To read this article in full – visit: www.abc.net.au

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New biosecurity regulations out for comment

Another milestone in implementing more modern and flexible biosecurity legislation was reached earlier this month, with a range of significant draft regulations under the Biosecurity Act 2015 released for public comment.

Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Barnaby Joyce, encouraged all interested parties to have a say on the draft regulations for approved arrangements, the Inspector General of Biosecurity and infringement notices.

Minister Joyce said the biosecurity system was at the heart of a profitable agriculture industry and strong farmgate returns.

Consultation is open for a minimum of 60 days. For more information on the exposure draft and the consultation process, please visit agriculture.gov.au/biosecuritylegislation.

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AWRI webinars

The AWRI’s webinars cover a range of winemaking, winery management and viticulture topics. Each webinar consists of a presentation followed by a Q&A session and is usually held on a Thursday at 11:30 am Australian Central Standard Time (Adelaide, GMT+9:30).

More info…

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Cool new weather tools for a hot summer

The BOM continues to release new weather tools that can help you track and adjust to changing weather conditions. For example, recent access to the Japanese satellite Himawari-8 allows near real-time weather tracking.

This satellite web viewer lets you zoom in to your state, to 0.5-2 km resolution, with new colour images uploaded every ten minutes. This allows you to see cyclones, storm events, fog, volcanic ash and perhaps bushfire plumes, potentially giving an indication if your vineyard has been exposed to smoke. An overview of the satellite’s capabilities can be viewed here.

How hot is it going to be in the next few days? The best way to navigate weather on your smart phone, by your location, is using the mobile BOM pathway http://m.bom.gov.au/.

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Vineyard scale control options

The AWRI helpdesk has recently noted an increase in queries about scale insects in vineyards and the options available for controlling these pests. The 2015/16 ‘Dog book’ recommends paraffinic oil or petroleum oil sprays applied at dormancy for grapevine scale. The effectiveness of this treatment relies on good coverage as the oil kills the scale via suffocation.

For more information about scale pests, consult this list of resources or view the AWRI webinar on scale presented by Jenny Venus in July 2015.

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Wine Industry Marketing Conference

The University of South Australia and Ehrenberg-Bass Institute for Marketing Science are pleased to announce a one-day Wine Marketing Conference aimed at helping Australian wineries improve their marketing performance.  The program will include short talks by leading researchers and wine industry professionals on real-world marketing issues and solutions.

Success Through Smarter Marketing
Tuesday 16 Feb 2016 • Adelaide • $195 +GST

Please click here to download more information.

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Latest RD&E news from Wine Australia

Some recent RD&E news from Wine Australia that may be of interest:

Visit the Wine Australia website to sign up for the Wine Australia RD&E newsletter.

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CCRSPI National Conference 2016

The Climate Change Research Strategy for Primary Industries (CCRSPI) National Conference will be held in 2016 in Pyrmont NSW. The conference will discuss RD&E being undertaken in Australia for climate risk mitigation and climate adaptation, which influence the resilience of primary industries production.

Dates: 27–28 April 2016
Location: Doltone House Darling Island, Pyrmont NSW
Cost: Single day registration from $500
For more information click here.

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Australian Wine Industry Technical Conference and Trade Exhibition

The 16th Australian Wine Industry Technical Conference and Trade Exhibition is returning to Adelaide in July 2016. The program will include esteemed local and international speakers, workshops, technical posters, an expansive trade exhibition and networking events.

Technical posters can now be submitted and selected posters will be on display throughout the Conference. Poster submissions close 15 April 2016. For more information, including poster categories click here.

Dates: 24–28 July 2016
Location: Adelaide Convention Centre, Adelaide SA
Costs: From $805
Registrations for the Australian Wine Industry Technical Conference and Trade Exhibition will open on Monday 8 February 2016. Click here for more information.

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