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MDBA active storage
decreased by 28GL this
week to 6338GL (75 per cent
capacity). This is slightly less
than the long term average
storage level for the end of
August of 6470GL.
At Dartmouth Reservoir,
the storage volume increased
by 8GL to 3655GL (95 per
cent capacity). Releases for hydro-electricity genera-
tion ceased on the weekend. In response the flow, mea-
sured at Colemans, was reduced from 1000ML/day to
500ML/day. At Hume Reservoir, the storage volume
reduced by 32GL to 2205GL (73 per cent capac-
ity). The release was reduced from 15,000ML/day to
9500ML/day due to an ease in downstream demand
following this week's rain.
Downstream at Swan Hill, the flow reached a low
of 3400ML/day (0.8m local gauge height) and is now
rising - currently 4200ML/day.
On the lower Darling River higher salinity lev-
els eased with values of 860 to 930EC recorded at
Burtundy this week. Salinity levels are expected to
continue to slowly reduce over the coming week.
Lake Victoria is effectively full at 99 per cent stor-
age capacity (effective full supply is at or above 99 per
cent) and will be managed at this level over the coming
days to maximise the storage of unregulated flows.
Testing of the new environmental water management
infrastructure on the Chowilla Floodplain is planned
from early September until the end of November.
At the Lower Lakes, the five-day average water
level at Lake Alexandrina increased 2cm to 0.74m
AHD. The total barrage release is currently targeting
Berri 160EC units, Morgan 250, Mannum 290,
AWRI webinar programs
Webinars are becoming increasingly popular,
allowing people to participate in online seminars and
workshops using a computer with internet access.
Participants hear the presenter’s voice and see
slides used in the presentations.
Since 2011, the Australian Wine Research Institute
(AWRI) has been conducting a successful webinar
program covering a range of winemaking, winery
management and viticulture areas, providing an
excellent opportunity for growers and winemakers
to hear practical advice and up-to-date research pre-
sented by AWRI staff and grape and wine industry
experts in their field.
A new series of webinar programs, commencing
on September 9 with sessions continuing until mid-
December, has been launched by the AWRI.
Topics that will be covered in this series include:
changes to chemical labels for spray drift reduction,
carbohydrate management and vineyard productiv-
ity and how to choose the right Shiraz clone for your
One of the interactive seminars, Riverland
Revitalisation, will be presented by Riverland wine-
grape grower Ashley Ratcliff on October 23.
Each webinar consists of a presentation followed
by a Q&A session at the conclusion. The webinars are
usually conducted on Tuesdays or Thursdays and par-
ticipation is free, but registration is required.
A full list of the current program and previous webi-
nars is available on the AWRI’s website (awri.com.au/).
Further information is available by phoning 8313
6600 or by email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Biosecurity manuals available
Wine Grape Growers Australia (WGGA) is offer-
ing free copies of the Biosecurity Manual for the
Viticulture Industry to its members.
The manual is a valuable source of information on
biosecurity and an essential on-farm guide for dealing
with biosecurity threats in the vineyard.
Individual copies of the manual are available from
the WGGA Office by phoning 8133 4400 or emailing
(email@example.com). The copies are complimentary
to 2014-15 WGGA members if an interest is indicated
on the membership application form.
General biosecurity information is available on
the ‘biosecurity’ page on the WGGA website (wwga.
Biosecurity resources and news is also avail-
able on the Farm Biosecurity website (farmbios-
ecurity.com.au) or Plant Health Australia websites
The Biosecurity Manual for the Viticulture Industry
can also be downloaded from the Farm Biosecurity
and Plant Health Australia websites.
Riverland Field Days
This year’s Riverland Field Days will be held on
Friday and Saturday, September 19 and 20, and
replaces the Thursday-Friday format.
Featuring over 350 exhibitors, the field days are
ideal for trade exhibitors to showcase the latest in
agricultural and horticultural machinery, equipment
and services. The popular annual two-day event is
held at its purpose-built facility on the Sturt Highway
A number of attractions at this year’s event
Cooking demonstrations by celebrity chef Poh Ling
Yeow on both days. She will also work with local high
school students participating in the High Schools
Aerobatic demonstrations by 13-time Australian
National Aerobatic Champion Chris Sperou.
• Royal Flying Doctor Service simulated aircraft.
• Orrcon V8 Supercar simulator.
• Scouts climbing wall.
Riverland wines will also be on show with a num-
ber of local wine and food producers promoting their
products and offering tastings in the Food and Wine
Village at the field days.
More information about this year’s field days is
available on the website (riverlandfielddays.com.au).
Now is the time to
Grape leaf rust mite (Calepitrimerus vitis) is a pest
specific to grapevines and severe infestations can
cause economic losses – generally more problematic
in later bud bursting varieties.
The most widely recognised and distinct symptom
of grape leaf rust mite is ‘bronzing’ (a reddish-brown
tinge) on the upper surface of vine leaves in late sum-
mer and early autumn.
Rust mite can also inflict damage in early spring
through feeding within bursting buds and at the base
of young shoots. The damage causes stunted growth,
crinkling of young leaves and small (<1mm) pale
spots on the leaves.
Pre-budburst chemical control is required for the
following season when over 50 per cent of vine
leaves are ‘bronzed’ on more than 50 per cent of the
Applying sulphur at budburst or woolly bud will
help control mites early in the season. If targeting
mites, apply a high rate of sulphur at high water rates
to ensure good coverage into bark crevices. However,
if trying to control powdery then the first spray is
best applied at the time the first leaf is separated from
the shoot tip or an average growth stage of EL 7. If
sprays are applied too early there will not be enough
leaf area for the chemical to adhere to, and therefore
powdery mildew control will be limited.
week ending Wednesday, September 3
TERM THREE, WEEK TWO
On Monday the whole school went down to the river as
it was extremely windy all day on Thursday and it was
We had 1mm of rain over night last Thursday. The tur-
bidity is 20NTU, which is 5NTU higher than last week's
The salinity is 330ECU, which is the same as last week's
The birds we saw were pelicans, a pied cormorant,
whistling kites, caspian terns, wood ducks, welcome
swallows, a river hen, purple swamp hens, noisy miners
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Lift in support for Lampata
by Ian Turner
One of the biggest crowds
ever -- over 60 people --
attended the 28th annual
Lampata Poll Merino sale
at Lameroo last month,
including 23 registered
buying accounts; up six on
The Pocock family again
offered their draft of 60 pad-
dock reared and performance
measured rams for competition.
Initially bidders were cau-
tious, trying to get a feel for the
sale. This was reflected in the
averages as the first six rams
averaged $1125, but the next
six averaged $1633, the next six
averaged $1308 and lots 19 to
24 averaged $1333 when more
bidders were becoming actively
involved as they realised they
could miss out.
Consequently there was a
total clearance of the 60 rams in
the main auction, up six on last
year. These topped at $2800 (up
$100) and averaged $1137, up
$9 on last year.
With a feel for possible higher
demand pre-sale, Bruce, Gaye
and Robert Pocock penned
another 29 rams for a mini auc-
tion immediately after the main
auction. Twenty-one of these
also cleared to $700, giving a
clearance of 81 rams on the day
for a $989 average.
Twenty of the registered buy-
ers were successful in purchas-
ing rams of choice, but it was
regular sale topping buyers,
Trevor and Wayne Gilbertson,
of Murray Bridge, who saw
off the opposition to secure
This ram was the highest
indexed ram in the catalogue
with 17.6 micron wool and a
clean fleece weight percentage
of 136, also the highest in the
Underbidders were Ray,
Aileen and David Elleway, who
again made the trip over from
Cleve. Despite missing the top
ram they were very strong bid-
ders and purchased seven top
rams from $1100 to the sale's
third top price of $1900 and at a
Elders' agent David Daniels
was the biggest volume buy-
er, buying for 'Jax Joynt', of
Meribah. With three at $700
each in the main auction and
then seven more from the mini
auction, their 10 rams were pur-
chased for the outstanding value
Newcomer Trevor Brown,
from Loxton, purchased two in
the main auction and six in the
mini auction to $800 and at a
Lampata's Robert Pocock (front, right) holds the $2800 top
priced ram at the 28th annual Lampata Poll Merino ram sale
last month. Pictured with him (from left) is with Elders Lameroo
manager Pat Larsson, buyer Wayne Gilbertson, of Murray
Bridge, Elders' auctioneer Steve Doecke, and Lampata's
Preparations for harvest are under
way, with Viterra's site operations
gearing up and information for grain
growers and carriers now online.
Viterra's group commercial manager
Andrew Hannon said "significant" planning
went into preparing for the coming harvest.
"We are continuing upgrades and preven-
tative maintenance on receival, storage and
out-turn infrastructure, equipment used for
classification is undergoing its annual ser-
vicing and sites are being cleared, cleaned
and grain consolidated in order to maximise
the capacity for new season grain," he said.
"Recently we held our annual pre-harvest
meeting with the Strategic Site Committee
chairpersons from across the state.
"It was an opportunity to seek their input
and feedback as grower representatives and
discuss our operational plans for the coming
Mr Hannon said the meeting also pro-
vided details about grain delivery arrange-
ments, receival standards, and safety, along
with Viterra's up-country and port service
fees for the 2014-15 season.
"There is already 6 million tonnes of ship-
ping capacity booked from South Australian
ports by 19 exporters," he said.
"The strong bookings for shipping capac-
ity demonstrate the confidence exporters
have in the South Australian supply chain
and represent very good news for growers."
The 2014-15 harvest storage and handling
information is available via the websites
(viterra.com.au) and (ezigrain.com.au).
Harvest preparations in full swing
Elders Lameroo's Pat Larsson (left) pictured with key volume buyers, Trevor Braun (second
from left), of Loxton, who purchased eight rams, David Daniels, buying account for 'Jax Joynt' of
Meribah, who purchased 10 rams, and Ben Hunt, of Bordertown, who purchased six rams.
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