Viticulture Update – Jock Calder

Jock reports a warm & reasonably stable start to this year’s viticulture season.  Vineyard Spray equipment should be serviced, cleaned, calibrated and ready-to-go by now!
We have seen a slight touch of frost in late September in a few patches, and have also had a few reports of earwigs causing some grief on a few properties.
With irrigation already the main source of moisture, the correct application and timing of nutrients will be very important this season.
FPAG VitiBuck growers attended their first info session at the Winehouse on the 26th September.  Hugh Armstrong from Bayer Agriscience spoke about their product Serenade Opti®, which is a biological botryticide.  Jim Lyon from Agricrop also spoke about their water-saving product, Irrigate®.
Sheri Robinson from Yacca Paddock also spent some time discussing the trials & tribulations of growing Malbec.
An excellent morning, great sausage rolls and thanks to the Winehouse.
For more information about Serenade Opti® and Irrigate®, give Jock or Anthony a call at FPAG Langhorne Creek (8537 3322).

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