Post-harvest care and biosecurity key focus of national workshops

As vintage comes to an end, GWRDC is rolling out a new national workshop series aimed at helping growers make the most of post-harvest and best protect their vineyards for the long-term.

GWRDC Research and Development Program Manager Adrian Loschiavo said the workshops were designed to update growers on the latest research and provide useful tips on post-harvest management of vines.

Throughout April to May, the workshops will be held in Queensland, Western Australia, NSW, South Australia, Victoria and Tasmania.

The workshops will look at:

  • how to manage impacts of extreme weather on vine condition
  • successful strategies for vineyard irrigation and nutrient applications
  • best practice vineyard management in preparation for next season.

“We will have experts, Dr Michael McCarthy, head of viticulture at the South Australian Research and Development Institute, Adelaide, and Dr Jason Smith, viticulture research scientist at the National Wine and Grape Industry Centre, Wagga Wagga, on hand to translate the latest research into better practice for post-harvest management in your vineyard,” Mr Loschiavo said.

Biosecurity will also be a key focus of the workshops, introducing the new Biosecurity Manual for the Viticulture Industry and providing information on:

  • why biosecurity is important in the vineyard
  • easy ways to protect your vineyard
  • what to do if you notice an unusual pest or disease in your vineyard.

“Specialists from Plant Health Australia and Wine Grape Growers Australia will also be on hand to provide useful information and resources to help implement best practice in your vineyard,” he said.

 Dates and locations of workshops are available here.

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