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MDBA active storage has
decreased to 6354GL (75 per
cent capacity), with a reduc-
tion in total storage this week
At Dartmouth Reservoir, stor-
age has decreased by 21GL to
3598GL (93 per cent capacity).
The release at Colemans has been gradually reduced
this week to 3500ML/day but is forecast to be
increased to 5500ML/day on Friday, October 17.
These bulk transfers of water from Dartmouth aim
to ensure there is sufficient water in Hume Reservoir
during summer and autumn to meet the demands of
The storage volume at Hume Reservoir fell by
22GL to 2320GL (77 per cent capacity). Inflows
averaged about 11,000ML/day during the week
while releases have now increased to 16,500ML/day.
Releases in the coming week are also expected to
average around 16,500ML/day.
At the Menindee Lakes, the storage volume has
decreased by 10GL this week to 296GL (17 per cent
capacity) and the flow at Weir 32 has remained at
At Lake Victoria, the storage fell by 14GL to
630GL (93 per cent capacity). The flow to South
Australia has recently increased to 9500ML/day and
is expected to remain steady for at least the next two
The flow at Lock 1 averaged 4400ML/day this
week and, at the Lower Lakes, the five-day average
water level in Lake Alexandrina is 0.7m AHD. The
barrage releases continue to target 2000ML/day.
Berri 270EC units, Morgan 280, Mannum 290,
Wine Industry Forum
More than 170 Riverland growers
and winemakers attended a Wine
Industry Forum at the Chaffey Theatre
last Wednesday afternoon.
Industry chiefs from six wine com-
panies that purchase the majority of
Riverland grapes were each invited to
speak for up to 10 minutes in response
to the questions 'How do you see the
short term future of the wine industry
in the Riverland, and what are your
expectations for the medium to longer
The presentations were followed by
a question and answer session with
Riverland Wine chairman Brian Walsh
(aka Tony Jones) moderating.
The majority of members stayed for
a barbecue, a selection of Riverland
wines provided by the speakers and
the opportunity to talk one-on-one.
The sentiment among the growers
was genuine appreciation that these
industry chiefs had spoken so openly
Much of what was discussed was
tinged with yet more challenges, par-
ticularly in the short term.
It is important to understand the
factors that impinge on margins and
to understand how these all affect the
relationship between the price paid
by the consumer and the price paid
It was encouraging to hear the
reassurances that the Riverland wine
industry is well poised to remain
strong in the medium to long term.
The region's abundance of key attri-
butes will certainly count in the longer
run once the global supply/demand
imbalance is recti�ied.
Our soils, our high standards of
water use ef�iciency, our dry mild cli-
mate, regional infrastructure, mecha-
nisation, access to markets and resil-
ient communities are all aligned in
such a way as to indicate the Riverland
will become the preferred region for
the supply of popular premium wine
both domestically and internationally.
All speakers commended Riverland
Wine for its initiative in bringing
growers and winemakers together
in the forum to encourage greater
understanding of market realities but
also opportunities for new innova-
tions in the vineyard, the winery and
in the way we package and market
'Weeksy' makes a move
AFL season is barely behind us. The
trade deadline expired at 2pm last
Talent scouts have been swarming
around contracted and uncontracted
Sports journalists have been conjec-
turing about who will play for which
club next year. Some fans will be dis-
appointed. Others will be elated.
While all of that has been a distrac-
tion for some, the very skilful and
highly regarded senior viticulturist
from CCW, Andrew Weeks ('Weeksy'
to most) has moved across the river
from the CCW camp to the Riverland
Wine camp where he will take on the
role of business manager in December,
just in time for pre-season prepara-
Riverland Wine executive of�icer
Chris Byrne said it was fantastic to
have Weeksy joining the team.
"His quali�ications, experience and
contribution to the industry both
within the Riverland and beyond have
rendered him one of the most highly
credentialed and sought after profes-
sionals in his �ield," he said.
"Riverland Wine is most fortunate
to have secured his commitment.
"He will move directly into the
senior assistant coaching role with
responsibility for the entire mid-�ield
'Weeksy' commented that he is
looking forward to the challenge,
especially with the imminent release
of the �irst Strategic Plan for Riverland
He added he has enjoyed his �ive
years at CCW and has gained much
from the experience and it will stand
him in good stead for the broader
He is also very keen to continue to
represent Riverland Wine on the fed-
eral growers' body (WGGA) especially
in the areas of policy development
around wine tax and biosecurity.
Good move, 'Weeksy'.
WGGA AGM and seminar
The annual general meeting of
the Wine Grape Growers Australia
(WGGA) will be held on Wednesday,
November 12, in Adelaide with regis-
tration open at 9am and the meeting
commencing at 9.30am.
Those present will also hear from
Riverland Wine and Australian Grape
and Wine Authority (AGWA) chair-
man, Brian Walsh, and have the
opportunity to discuss any questions
following the merger earlier this year.
Members attending the AGM are
invited to stay for lunch from 12
The AGM will be followed by an
afternoon seminar 'Surviving the pres-
ent -- Innovate for the future' explor-
ing changes required in the short-
term to adapt to low pro�itability in
the industry, as well as the reasons to
be positive about mid-to-longer-term
prospects for Australian wine.
There will be a brief presenta-
tion by four speakers, followed by
an expert panel for Q&A. The guest
• Louisa Rose (AWRI chairperson).
• Jeff McDonald (Collaborative
• Shane Tremble (Woolworths
• Rob Hunt (Agricultural
More information and a program
of both events are available on the
People wishing to attend have until
Friday, October 31, to RSVP by calling
8133 4400 or emailing (info@wgga.
River Murray Water Report
week ending Wednesday, October 22
Term FOUR, Week ONE
On Monday, the whole school went down to the river with
our teacher, Mrs Whitehead.
On the way to the jetty, a huge flock of purple swamp
hens were on the path.
The turbidity this week is 80NTU, which is higher than
last term's reading.
The salinity this week is 195ECU, which is higher than
last term's reading.
by Jackson, year 5
Top exhibitors praised
The Loxton Show's
top live steer and
were honoured at a
Ribbon and trophy win-
ners were presented with
their titles following a
group lunch at the Loxton
Club last Monday.
The Fisher brothers
received the top hon-
our, taking out the Grand
Champion Steer of the
The Rudiger family
won the Grand Champion
Carcass this year, along
with the Champion Heavy
Meanwhile, the Fogden,
and Mitchell families also
had great results, winning
a range of ribbons.
LIVE STEER COMPETITION
Light domestic: Mitchell fam-
ily, Fogden family; heavy
domestic 1: Rudiger family,
Fisher brothers, Mitchell fam-
ily; heavy domestic 2: Fogden
family, Borderleen, Meramba
Holdings; export 1: Rudiger
family, Jones Farms, Fogden
family; export 2: Rudiger fam-
ily, Arcona Flats (2&3); export 3:
Fisher brothers, Arcona Flats,
Fogden family; export 4: Shane
Schulz, Jones Farms, Fisher
Champion Light Domestic Steer:
Mitchell family, Fogden fam-
ily; Champion Heavy Domestic
Steer: Rudiger family, Fogden
family; Champion Export Steer:
Fisher brothers, Rudiger fam-
ily; Champion Grassfed Steer:
Fisher brothers, Mitchell family;
Grand Champion Steer: Fisher
Champion Light Domestic
Carcass: Fogden fam-
ily, Mitchell family; Champion
Heavy Domestic Carcass:
Rudiger family, Fogden fam-
ily; Champion Export Carcass:
Arcona Flats (1&2); Champion
Grassfed Carcass: Smith farm-
ing, Mitchell family; Grand
Champion Carcass: Rudiger
ABOVE: At the presentation for the Loxton Show's top
steer and carcass exhibitors were winners (from left)
Dick Fogden, Chris Schulz, sponsor Chris Schwarz and
RIGHT: Clive Fisher took out the Grand Champion
Steer of the Show.
Five year protection plan
The State Government is
supporting the Phylloxera and
Grape Industry Board of SA's
five-year strategic plan, which
aims to expand its support for
Australia's wine industry and to
help secure SA's fruit fly free
Agriculture, Food and Fisheries
Minister Leon Bignell said the plan
was an important way to reduce the risk
of pest and disease incursions in SA's
wine regions and promote the state's
'clean credentials' to export markets.
"South Australia has been a world
leader in preventing phylloxera from
devastating the wine industry," he said.
Board chief executive Alan Nankivell
said the five-year goals would be
achieved by working with individu-
al and corporate wine producers and
growers, together with South Australian
and national industry associations and
"The launch of our 2014-19 strategic
plan will spearhead the board's com-
mitment to expand its influence, add
value and produce positive outcomes
for the industry," he said.
"We have a bold plan to create a
national framework of phylloxera risk
zones to identify its presence or not,
and to inform industry of how to man-
age the pest and mitigate the risk of it
spreading and affecting the quality of
Water ministers meet
Murray-Darling Basin water ministers
met in Brisbane last week to consider a
range of management and water reform
The ministers, including South Australia's Ian
Hunter, agreed to apply the historic cost-sharing
formula for long-standing jointly-funded programs
in the basin.
The ministers were briefed on the draft find-
ings of the review into the cost efficiency of River
The review examined the costs of water man-
agement and delivery services by the Murray--
Darling Basin Authority and State Constructing
Authorities; Goulburn--Murray Water; State Water
Corporation and SA Water.
Ministers agreed to look at opportunities to
integrate environmental monitoring and evaluation
across the basin to avoid duplication.
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Ignoring the SMALL things will cost you
As the vines head towards flowering, it is critical to
have the right nutrients in place to ensure a "tight"
flowering. Poor fruit set, or "hen & chicken" as it is more
commonly known, not only reduces yield potential,
but also wine quality and delays harvest. Overall, it
is a multiple hit to your hip pocket. And it is so easily
Not just the standard "ZM"
In the Riverland, growers for many years have been
applying "ZM" as the standard trace element mix. The
zinc and manganese in this mix certainly are critical
to healthy growth and fruit set in our soil conditions,
but there is more to it.
Boron has many functions in the vine, including root
growth and cell strength. Critically boron is required
for pollen tube formation in the flower and must be
present for a tight set. Boron levels are not what they
used to be in Riverland soils, so it pays to include
Omnibor in the 2 sprays prior to flowering.
Molybdenum has a primary role in nitrogen.
Moly also plays a significant part in fruit set, and
while needed by all crops, Merlot is the variety most
sensitive to deficiency. Only tiny quantities of moly
are required..OmniMol twice prior to flowering will do
Be sure to have the "small things" covered as you
head to the critical time of flowering and fruit set. A
few dollars here will maximize your potential yield and
Call me if you would like to confirm requirements for
your particular situation.
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