Home' The Loxton News : November 5th 2014 Contents 8 -- The Loxton News, Wednesday, November 5, 2014
MDBA total stor-
age decreased by
133GL this week,
with the active stor-
age now 6130GL
(73 per cent capac-
Reservoir, the current storage volume is
3538GL (92 per cent capacity) which is
a decrease of 36GL since last week.
The release from Dartmouth was
increased to 7000ML/day at Colemans
gauge late last week, but will be gradu-
ally reduced to 3000ML/day in the com-
ing week. These high releases are trans-
ferring water to Hume Reservoir to assist
with meeting downstream demand.
At Hume Reservoir, the storage vol-
ume decreased by 64GL to 2198GL (73
per cent capacity).
On the lower Murrumbidgee River,
the flow at Balranald is currently 1600
ML/day, and is expected to remain in the
range 1000--1600ML/day in the coming
At Euston Weir, the flow has risen to
10,150ML/day and is expected to reach
around 12,000ML/day early next week
before gradually receding. This increase
in flow is due to the pulse of water from
the Goulburn River.
Downstream at Mildura andWentworth,
the flow in the Murray is rising with
peak flows of at least 11,000ML/day
expected in early-mid November.
At Lake Victoria, the level is 26.26m
AHD, with a volume of 588GL (87
per cent capacity). The flow to South
Australia is currently 9500ML/day.
At the Lower Lakes, the five-day
average level in Lake Alexandrina is
0.67m AHD. Flow into the Coorong
through the barrages is estimated at
Berri 230EC units, Mannum 300,
Hard copies of the Riverland Wine Strategic Plan
were mailed to all members last week.
At the same time the association has received
advice from two large winegrowers that they will not
be continuing in the industry.
Bulldozers are being organised.
Despite their own best efforts and those of this
organisation to address the challenges of being prof-
itable, sustainable winegrowers they have made the
call not to continue.
Their collective contribution to the regional econo-
my and community over the past decade has amount-
ed to more than $12 million at the farmgate.
They have invested heavily to become highly pro-
ductive and efficient producers. Both have expressed
strong regrets but have also commented they cannot
continue to manage the risks and uncertainties. It is
time to consider other options.
As indicated at the AGM when the plan was released,
the document in itself does not offer solutions.
The plan says: “Strategic planning is a disciplined
effort that produces fundamental decisions and
actions that shape and guide what an organisation is,
who it serves, what it does and why it does it with a
focus on the future.”
The two growers who made the tough calls this
week have done just that at the enterprise level. It
takes discipline and courage to make such fundamen-
As many others who have left the industry in recent
years will attest, the decision to change directions has
in most cases served as a turning point and an oppor-
tunity for new beginnings but it’s not easy.
Riverland Wine regrets the loss of two of the
region’s most committed producers but applauds
them for their courage.
The management committees of the RWGA and
RWIDC are hopeful that all members will take the
time to read the new plan in detail, to offer feedback
via phone calls, emails and regional meetings and
at the same time to reflect on their own business
planning and decision making. The association will
convene the next round of regional meetings early in
2015 and progress reports of activities identified in
the plan will be issued at six-monthly intervals.
Unsold grapes register
A number of the more proactive growers have
been in touch with the association in the past week
requesting contact details of wineries that may be
interested to purchase uncontracted fruit.
These calls have prompted the association to open
the unsold grapes register and to begin circulating
details on behalf of growers much earlier than nor-
For growers who have not used the register previ-
ously, the routine is quite simple. If you expect to have
uncontracted grapes available for sale in 2015, you
should call (8584 5816) or email (admin@riverland-
A simple form will be emailed to be completed and
returned to the office. This will include your contact
details and details of the varieties and estimated
tonnes you expect to have available for sale.
Riverland Wine will compile a summary of varieties
and tonnes expected to be available. This summary
will be updated and be emailed to all South Australian
wineries that crush more than 500 tonnes per annum
every week. Growers on the register will also be
emailed regularly requesting updates of listings as the
Interested wineries will be invited to make contact
directly and to make arrangements for the purchase
of fruit with the growers on the register.
It will be each grower’s responsibility to ensure a
binding contract is in place to protect the interests
of all concerned. Riverland Wine will provide a ‘spot
purchase’ contract for growers to use at the time
of registering their grapes. The first summary of
fruit listed on the register will be emailed on Friday
(November 7, 2014).
Growers are asked to notify this office with their
details as a priority if they have fruit to be listed on
WGGA AGM and seminar
As mentioned previously the annual general meet-
ing of the Wine Grape Growers Australia (WGGA) will
be held on Wednesday, November 12, 2014, at the
North Adelaide Football Club.
Riverland Wine chairman and Australian Grape
and Wine Authority (AGWA) acting chairman Brian
Walsh will present an AGWA update and discuss any
questions following the merger of Wine Australia and
Grape and Wine Research Development Corporation
(GWRDC) earlier this year.
Lunch will be provided at the conclusion of the
All in attendance will be invited to stay for an
afternoon seminar: Surviving the present – Innovate
for the future. Four speakers will explore changes
required in the short-term to adapt to low profitabil-
ity in the industry, as well as the reasons to be positive
about mid-to-longer-term prospects for Australian
The speakers will then form a panel for Q&A.
• Louisa Rose (AWRI chairperson).
• Jeff McDonald (collaborative ventures).
• Shane Tremble (Woolworths Liquor Group).
• Rob Hunt (agricultural consultant).
More information and a program of both events are
available on the WGGA website (wgga.com.au).
People wishing to attend can RSVP by phone 8133
4400 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
CropWatch Riverland – faxes
So far this year three CropWatch messages have
been issued by GrowCare.
The great majority of recipients now receive these
messages by email. Given the critical nature of the
CropWatch messages, Riverland Wine attributes high
priority to the dissemination of the information.
Email is the most effective and efficient way of deliv-
ering this service.
Some growers continue to receive the messages via
fax but it appears this may be a double up in many
cases. The fax service will continue for the remain-
ing messages this year but those growers will be
requested to notify this office if they do not have an
email address and if they require an extension of the
fax service beyond the 2014/15 growing season.
If you no longer require the CropWatch message by
fax it will be appreciated if you will take the time to
notify Kate by phone 8584 5816 or email (admin@
week ending Wednesday, October 29
TERM FOUR, WEEK THREE
After lunch on Tuesday, the whole school
went down to the river to do the water
The water was dirtier and murkier than last
week. The salinity this week is 192ECU,
which is 32ECU lower than last week's
The turbidity this week is 60NTU, which is
10NTU higher than last week's results.
The readings show that the water is less
salty than last week.
The birds we saw were magpie larks, a
darter, Australian wood ducks, noise min-
ers and pelicans.
by Tilly, year 6, and Kasey, year 3
Students' fruit fly message
Loxton High School's Christian
Hansen will help spread a vital
message across the country, after
winning the high school category
of the South Australian Fruit Fly
Action Group's 'design-a-poster'
competition this week.
Over 200 local students entered the
competition, with winners from each
Riverland council area.
The group held the competition to
engage the region's young people and
educate them about the seriousness and
implications of a fruit fly outbreak in
The winners were announced at the
Loxton Research Centre on Monday,
with the junior primary category
awarded to Zoe Siviour, of St Joseph's
Primary School, Renmark. The upper
primary award went to Monash Primary
School's Alannah Corman.
The students were required to design
a poster about the theme 'how to keep
fruit flies out of the Riverland' and
were encouraged to develop inventive,
humorous and innovative ideas.
The winning entrants received $100,
plus $100 for their school.
Entries were judged by representa-
tives from local media on the poster's
ability to deliver the fruit fly preven-
tion message in a clear and engaging
Prizes were presented to the three
winners by the State Parliamentary
Secretary to the Agriculture Minister,
Kyam Maher, and to the winners'
schools by director of Biosecurity SA,
The South Australian Fruit Fly Action
Group comprises Riverland horticul-
tural industries and growers who are
concerned about the threat of fruit fly
to South Australia.
It is expected that the SA Fruit Fly
Action Group and PIRSA will use the
winning entries to promote fruit fly
awareness in the Riverland and South
The SA Fruit Fly Action Group
is hoping that this competition will
become an annual event in the lead
up to the soft-fruit season in South
Exports now certified
Scientists are being
commended for their efforts,
after removing a "major
biosecurity barrier" for
citrus growers and packing
Backed by industry funding, the
South Australian Research and
Development Institute (SARDI)
has worked with citrus growers
and packing companies to certify
exports as being free of Fuller's
rose weevil, a citrus pest of con-
cern in mainland China.
State Parliamentary Secretary to
the Minister for Agriculture, Food
and Fisheries, Kyam Maher, said
the value of SA citrus exports to
China had doubled during the past
"Asia is an important driver for
South Australia's citrus exports, so
controlling a pest such as Fuller's
rose weevil and other advances
in pest management have been a
big part of our export success,"
Mr Maher said citrus is one of
South Australia's most important
horticultural exports, and careful
management in Riverland orchards
and packing sheds is contributing
to export growth.
"Securing new and emerging
export markets, particularly in
Asia, will help to secure the state's
citrus industry for the future," he
Senior SARDI scientist Dr Peter
Taverner said most orchards certi-
fied or registered as being free
from Fuller's rose weevil had ben-
efitted from reliable treatments and
accurate monitoring to ensure their
produce is free of the pest's eggs
for the Chinese and other Asian
"We've also seen packing sheds
improve their high-pressure washes
and post-harvest practices to make
sure there are no traces of Fuller's
rose weevil left after the evaluation
process," he said.
"The combination of all these
measures means our citrus industry
is developing an export advantage,
with investment from all sections
of the industry promoting best
practice for the future."
for citrus currently being
investigated are expected
to pave the way for future
growth in South Australia's
The call was made by State
Parliamentary Secretary to the
Agriculture Minister, Kyam
Maher, during his visit to
Loxton on Monday.
Mr Maher said research into
efficient and affordable non-
chemical alternatives for grow-
ing and packing citrus was
"Consumers and export mar-
kets are becoming increasingly
vigilant about chemical residues
on oranges, lemons and grape-
fruit, so it's vital our industry
stays ahead of these trends," he
said, during a visit to Loxton on
"Better and more effective
use of alternatives to synthetic
fungicides, herbicides and pes-
ticides are reducing reliance on
chemicals, and in some instanc-
es very low or even 'zero' resi-
dues can be achieved.
"The early adoption of zero
residue strategies will deliver
a competitive edge for South
Australian and Australian pro-
Australian and overseas fruit
industries for examples of strat-
egies which meet maximum
residue limits set by markets
such as Japan and Europe.
SARDI senior research offi-
cer Nancy Cunningham said a
scoping study has already found
New Zealand apple and kiwi-
fruit growers are maximising
export opportunities by meeting
ultra-low residue targets.
"Many Australian citrus
growers are already low chemi-
cal users, and with this market
advantage we can see South
Australia's citrus industry
wanting to meet the very low
chemical residue thresholds,"
Christian Hansen won the high school category of the
South Australian Fruit Fly Action Group's 'design-a-poster'
competition, which was announced at the Loxton Research
Centre on Monday.
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