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MDBA total stor-
age decreased by
59GL this week,
with the active stor-
age now 6411GL (76
per cent capacity).
Reservoir, the storage
volume decreased by 27GL to 3619GL (94
per cent capacity) as water continues to
be transferred to Hume reservoir to meet
summer demand. Dartmouth releases,
measured at Colemans, were reduced from
7000ML/day at the beginning of the week
At Menindee Lakes, the storage volume
has decreased a further 8GL to 306GL (18
per cent capacity) largely due to evapora-
tion. For the second week in a row, the
average release at Weir 32 totalled 125ML/
day. The release from Wentworth Weir
is 6300ML/day, and forecast to increase
to around 9500ML/day over the coming
At Lake Victoria, the storage volume
decreased 22GL to 644GL (95 per cent
capacity). The flow to South Australia
is currently targeting 7850ML/day. The
flow will be increased to 8700ML/day
this week which incorporates entitlement
flows, environmental water traded from
the Goulburn River, and environmental
water being used to test the new works on
the Chowilla Floodplain.
At the Lower Lakes, the five-day aver-
age water level in Lake Alexandrina is
0.71m AHD and releases from the bar-
rages are targeting 2000ML/day.
Berri 240EC units, Morgan 250,
Mannum 310, Milang 730.
WFA vintage report
The Winemakers’ Federation of Australia (WFA)
recently convened its national two-day outlook confer-
ence in Adelaide.
The following is a brief excerpt of the National
Vintage Report. All members are urged to read this and
go to the WFA website (wfa.org.au) for more detailed
The 2014 Australian grape crush is estimated at 1.7
million tonnes, a 7 per cent decrease from last year’s
crush. This figure is on par with the seven-year aver-
age and 136,000 tonnes lower than last year’s crush
The decrease in overall crush is attributable to gen-
erally lower yields per hectare in some of the cooler
temperate regions, offset by higher yields in the warm
The 2014 beverage wine production estimate is
1202 million litres, a decrease of around 2 per cent
on last year. An analysis of sales and inventory levels
suggests that if 2013-14 inventories remain the same
as last year’s, the industry’s stock-to-sales ratio will
further increase to 1.48 due to a decrease in the volume
of export sales.
The 2012 Expert Review analysis on production
profitability has been extended to include 2014 data.
Accounting for a 3 per cent increase in the cost of
production, profitable production across all regions
decreased to 7 per cent of total production and unprof-
itable production increased to 84 per cent.
Results are due to factors such as an approximate 11
per cent decrease in the average winegrape purchase
price from 2012 to 2014, decrease in average yields for
the cooler temperate regions, and an increase in yields
for the warm inland regions.
Complementing the WFA Vintage Survey, the
Australian Grape and Wine Authority (AGWA) has
completed its annual Winegrape Purchases Price
Dispersion Report. It shows that, overall, the national
average winegrape purchase price in 2014 was $441
per tonne, down 12 per cent on the 2013 average.
The 2015 vintage will continue to present challenges
to the industry. Unless the industry takes proactive
action to grow the demand opportunity and acceler-
ate the correction in the supply base, the industry will
continue to see seasonal pricing fluctuations around
an already low base. This should be a further incentive
for the industry to pursue the necessary initiatives out-
lined in WFA’s Actions for Industry Profitability (wfa.
Industry honours Riverland legend
Riverland Wine members warmly congratulates
Angove Family Winemakers managing director, and
long standing management committee member, John
Angove, who was awarded honorary life membership
at the South Australian Wine Industry Association
(SAWIA) annual general meeting held last month.
Representing the fourth generation of the family-
owned winery, John joined the business in the 1970s,
becoming managing director in 1983 and then chair-
man in 2001.
SAWIA said Mr Angove had been a key member
of the state’s peak body and the industry for many
years, representing the interests of the grape growers
and wine producers of his regional association on the
SAWIA board. That period included terms as vice presi-
dent and president.
John presently serves on the board of WFA and
the Australian Wine Research Institute (AWRI). The
Angove family were pioneers of this region and have
been recognised for more than a century for their
achievements and contribution to the Riverland com-
It was the Angove family who worked with the
Chaffey Brothers to pioneer irrigated crops at Murtho.
It was John’s father who first patented wine casks
almost 50 years ago (a world first).
The Murtho vineyards are presently investing heav-
ily in organic wine production and the Angove label
is undoubtedly one of the best recognised Australian
wine and brandy icons.
We are indeed privileged to have John Angove’s
commitment, influence and wisdom in all things to
do with Riverland viticulture, winemaking and wine
Don't forget to vote
As advised last week there is intense competition
across the grower community for the four vacancies
arising on the RWGA management committee.
The four members standing down have all renomi-
nated (Sheridan Alm, Stuart Andrew, Andrew
Kassebaum and Ashley Ratcliff).
Five other outstanding candidates from Blanchetown
to Paringa have also been nominated (David Zadow,
Jim Thomson, David King, Brett Proud and Brett
This is tremendously encouraging. It is important for
all members to vote for the candidates they think can
best represent them during these challenging times.
By now you should have received information about
all the candidates and a ballot slip. Riverland Wine
used the Phylloxera Board member’s mailing list. All
information packs were posted on Monday, September
29.Note: It is a requirement of the constitution that all
votes be received by Riverland Wine by close of busi-
ness Friday, October 17. Voting slips brought to the
AGM will be ineligible.
The new management committee will be announced
at the AGM to be convened in the Cocos Room at the
Berri Hotel on Monday, October 20, commencing at
Members are reminded that this afternoon they
will be welcomed to attend a very special event at the
Chaffey Theatre, Renmark.
The industry chiefs of the six wineries that purchase
the majority of grapes from the Riverland will each
present their views about the future of the wine indus-
try in this region. Australia’s largest bulk wine trader
will also offer a perspective. Details were published
last week and invitations were included with the voting
information. The speakers will be: Accolade – Simon
Williams, Angove Family Winemakers – John Angove,
Kingston Estate Wines – Bill Moularadellis, Pernod
Richard – Brett McKinnon, Treasury Estate Wines
– Stuart McNab, Yalumba – Andrew Murphy, Austwine
(bulk wine trader) – Jim Moularadellis.
Each of these business leaders will speak for up to
10 minutes after which Riverland Wine, and AGWA,
chair Brian Walsh will moderate a question and answer
Once again, it is very important that you book via
email (email@example.com) or phone Kate
on 8584 5816. The event will conclude with a barbecue
and complimentary Riverland wines.
TAFE SA will be conducting a ‘basic laboratory skills
for vintage’ course for people interested in gaining
skills required for working in a wine laboratory. The
one-day course will be held on Sunday, November 16,
at Glossop High School.
Registration of interest is required by November 11.
Further details are available by contacting Taryn
Hall on 8207 1235 or email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Wine and Food Festival
The Riverland Wine and Food Festival is on this
weekend: See the links for more:
week ending Wednesday, October 8
Citrus Australia - SA Regional Wrap
Citrus gall wasp (CGW)
Mandatory control, including back-
yard trees. The initial estimated wasp
emergence was for October 10.
Prune off galls. Burn or deep bury
as CGW may still survive at this time.
De-sucker trees after CGW emergence.
Note that rootstock act as a decoy attrac-
tant. Avoid heavy winter/spring hedging
activities in infested orchards. Where
practical implement summer/autumn
Summer oil suppressant:
Oil acts as a deterrent from females lay-
ing eggs but does not control emergence
or adults. Application method: Summer
Oil @ 0.5 per cent, high volume. At 5 per
cent emergence or 4-7 days after first
adults emerge apply the first Summer
Oil. Apply second summer oil applica-
tion 7-10 days after the first application.
Apply third summer oil application 7-
10 days after the second application.
Coverage should span the 4-5 week activ-
ity period. Oil may reduce fruit set when
sprayed at flowering.
Chemical control will reduce overall
numbers but not eradicate or completely
control the infestation (this is due to the
female mating and laying eggs almost
Chemical application should be timed
for when the maximum number of wasps
are present and usually included with
the second oil application.
Ensure a ‘back pack’ insecticide spray
unit is on standby for twice daily spot
• IPM balance will be affected.
Suprathion: Apply 125ml as per dilute
label rate with second 0.5 per cent oil
application. Note that there is a 21-day
withholding period (some residual con-
• Chlorpyrifos: Apply at a rate of
50ml/100L high volume with the second
oil application. Note that there is a 14-
day withholding period (some residual
• Lannate: Apply as per label rates,
high volume, with second 0.5 per cent oil
application. Note that there is a two-day
withholding period (contact control with
adults present at the time).
• Confidor guard: Apply now, 9ml/tree
soil drench. Targets newly infested CGW
larvae. Note that there is a 20-week with-
holding period. Isolated limited use in
medium to high threshold patches.
MRL breaches will affect market
access. Ensure packers are aware of con-
trol measures taken.
Physical CGW gall removal and back
pack insecticide spray unit on standby
for twice daily spot spraying.
What is farm biosecurity?
Farm biosecurity is a set of measures
designed to protect a property from the
entry and spread of pests and diseases.
Farm biosecurity is your responsibility,
and that of every person or contractor
visiting or working on your property.
To reduce the risk of biosecurity
threats (new pests or pathogens such as
CGW, exocortis virus, etc.) entering and
becoming established in your orchard,
familiarise yourself with preventative
strategies and techniques that pro-
tect your orchard. Early detection and
response can reduce the impact on your
orchard and industry, and increase the
likelihood of successful eradication.
To assist in protecting your orchard
and the citrus industry from inva-
sive biosecurity threats download the
Orchard Biosecurity Manual for the
Citrus Industry from the website (farm-
Neighbour due diligence:
This is defined as: “The care that a rea-
sonable person exercises to avoid harm
to other persons or their property.”
It is lack of due diligence to allow bios-
ecurity threats and pests such as CGW to
go uncontrolled on your property while
your neighbour is implementing control
measures. The lack of a collaborative
control approach will adversely affect
the efforts made by your neighbour to
control the pest or pathogen. Working
together by delivering well timed uni-
form control measures will minimise
infestations and strengthen biosecurity
protection. Orchard biosecurity under-
pins the success of regional biosecurity.
IT’S UP TO YOU.
Trees from interstate:
Growers are reminded that sourcing
of trees from interstate must have cer-
tain protection control measures in place
prior to delivery. Penalties apply for fail-
ure to comply. As per the Plant Health
Act 2009, which is designed to protect
SA from the introduction of harmful
pests and pathogens, any person/com-
pany intending on importing trees (plant
product) from interstate are required to:
• Become a registered importer.
• Ensure a plant health certificate/
manifest accompanies the consignment
and is provided prior to product enter-
Host plant products are (prearranged)
inspected and certification verified by a
Biosecurity SA inspector. Annual regis-
tration fees and inspection costs apply.
Additional options are available for
continuous imports of interstate plant
• The registered importer can become
IVCA accredited to inspect and certify
each imported consignment all year
round. Half year accreditation schemes
are also available. Set up and annual
fees apply. Grower can negotiate for an
already registered importer to order
product on their behalf (in the name
of registered importer), and have the
consignment inspected and certified by
an existing third party IVCA accredited
• Growers can form a collective entity
that becomes a registered importer with
IVCA accreditation, through which pro-
duce is then ordered, inspected and cer-
tified, allowing single accreditation and
audit costs to be shared by the group.
The Plant Quarantine Standard (PQS)
determines the entry requirements for
each commodity. Restrictions and condi-
tions apply such as:
• Citrus trees from Queensland are
• Citrus trees from NSW must meet set
• Avocado trees from Queensland need
to meet set conditions.
• Citrus trees from Victoria or WA
must meet set conditions.
Mandatory CGW control, biosecurity,
registered importers and neighbour due
diligence are all incentive measures that
protect South Australia and our horticul-
CASAR grower survey
Approximately one year ago, CASAR
conducted a grower survey which largely
focused on grower-packer related issues.
This survey proved to be a valuable exer-
cise for the committee to address a num-
ber of key grower concerns and issues.
A follow up citrus grower survey is
planned at the end of this year to deter-
mine grower satisfaction with CASAR
and identify areas of improvement as
well as issues growers would like the
committee to address.
For questions about anything in this
week’s column, or to discuss an issue,
please contact the chairman Con Poulos
via email (saregion@citrusaustralia.
com.au) or Sam Rogers (sam.rogers@
citrusaustralia.com.au) or on mobile
0477 110 933.
Successful show for the Fogdens
Alizah, Thomas and Eleni Fogden
had a successful showing at the
Royal Adelaide Show last month,
adding Champion Interbreed
Sire's Progeny to their collection
The Fogden trio entered nine charolais
and one calf to this year's show.
Mother Justine Fogden said the children
were "pretty rapt" with their results.
"You don't expect to win that one," she
"When you compete in the interbreed,
they are competing against 16 other
breeds of cattle."
Charolais were the feature breed at this
year's Royal Adelaide Show, which meant
that the animals, along with the handlers,
had to stay at the show for the 10 days.
Along with their Champion Interbreed
Sire's Progeny title, the Fogden children
also won the award for cow or heifer, 14
months and under 16 months, second for
a cow or heifer, 16 months and under 18
months, and junior champion charolais
cow or heifer.
Boulview Jack also saw them win the
award for a junior bull under 12 months,
while Boulview Jono won the under 20
Alizah said she was "pretty happy" their
animal won junior champion heifer.
"The last four years, we have got a
champion from the same cow," she said.
The trio also won sire's progeny group.
"You need to have three animals that
all have the same sire and have at least a
bull and a female and then the third can be
either," Mrs Fogden said.
Adding to their busy week, Thomas
placed second in the junior beef cattle
Alizah and Thomas won the fitting
competition for their age group on the
Saturday,while Eleni placed second and
Alizah fourth in the handlers classes for
their age group on Sunday morning.
Thomas also came third in the herdsman
competition on Monday of the show.
The Fogden trio now have 35 cows,
which they are solely responsible for and
Mrs Fogden said they were simply "just
"If they do well here in our climate, then
they will do well anywhere," she said.
Meanwhile, grandparents Dick and
Deidre Fogden also had success with
their Nangaringa stud, winning reserve
champion junior bull and picking up a
first in sire progeny group.
Eleni (left), Thomas and Alizah Fodgen with their junior
champion charolais heifer at the Royal Adelaide Show
-- Wayne Jenkins photo
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