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by 117GL, with
the active storage
at 4438GL (53 per
Reservoir, the stor-
age decreased by 19GL to 3063GL (79
per cent capacity). The release, mea-
sured at Colemans gauge, is currently at
On the Goulburn River, the flow
at McCoys Bridge peaked at round
2900ML/day with the arrival of flows
released from upstream in order to meet
system demands including for environ-
On the Murrumbidgee River the flow
at Balranald has been fairly steady at
At Euston Weir, the flow receded to
a low of about 6700ML/day mid-week,
but is now increasing again as higher
flows arrive from upstream. On the
Darling River system, modest inflows
from several tributaries continue to enter
the Darling River, where the flow at
Bourke has increased to 1400ML/day.
At Wentworth Weir, the flow is cur-
rently 5600ML/day and slowly ris-
ing. The flow is expected to continue
increasing steadily over the remainder
At Lake Victoria, the storage volume
has decreased by 45GL to 336GL (50
per cent capacity). The flow to South
Australia averaged 9400ML/day and
will be maintained close to this rate for
the remainder of the month.
At the Lower Lakes, the five-day
average water level in Lake Alexandrina
decreased by 1cm to 0.57m AHD.
Berri 260EC units, Morgan 260,
Mannum 310, Milang 830.
In recent years most grower meetings
have been organised as breakfast meet-
ings in the hotels of the main towns.
These have worked well, normally
attracting 30 to 40 growers and a few
wine makers at most meetings.
In a bid to talk with even more mem-
bers, the Viti Tech Group (RVTG) has
proposed that the next round of meetings
revert to the tried and true format of
The RVTG is hopeful that this change of
format will enable the Viti Tech Group to
incorporate parts of the regional exten-
sion program with industry information
and, very importantly, some socialising.
The first round of meetings will be
organised during the week beginning
April 20, starting at Waikerie then
Barmera, Berri, Renmark and Loxton on
Friday, April 24.
This timeframe will coincide with the
first six-monthly report back of progress
against the strategic plan.
Meetings will begin at 3pm with an
hour or two focus on the extension pro-
gram of the Viti Tech Group, followed by
a progress report against the Plan and
then a barbecue and quite possibly some
sampling of Riverland wines (in modera-
tion of course).
Over the coming weeks, sheds will be
selected. Riverland Wine will provide the
barbecue, food and refreshments. If your
shed is suitable and if you are willing to
host such an event, let us know; or maybe
nominate a neighbour.
Agendas and details will be circulated
in coming weeks, but mark the week of
April 20 in your diary.
Investing in fine wine?
It was mentioned in last week’s col-
umn that there is feedback requested in
regard to the Australian Grape and Wine
Authority (AGWA) discussion paper.
Riverland Wine is doing that on your
behalf, and it came to notice that a central
plank of the approach is to spend market-
ing efforts on boosting the demand of
The term fine wine is difficult to nail
down, and it is likely that if you ask 10
wine drinkers what it means, you will
probably get 11 opinions.
The initial reaction, as a region that
deals primarily in high value wines, is
‘Where is the value in this strategy for
The answer lies in part in the realisa-
tion that AGWA, which thankfully mar-
kets under the banner of ‘Wine Australia’,
is a generic marketing body. It has no
wine to sell, but instead is trying to
promote Australian wine as a generic
There is also a limited budget, which
is a pittance in comparison with the
marketing spend of some individual com-
panies, let alone that of other wine mar-
Therefore the national marketing body
has to do the most to wring out every
bit of value for the levy payers’ dollar.
The marketing experts are convinced
that an upsurge in demand of high value
Australian wine will have a ‘trickle-
down’ effect and lift the demand of all
This includes the wine produced here
in the Riverland. Increasing demand will
increase sales, which in turn will increase
value of wine, which increases value of
The plan is to concentrate this mes-
sage through the channels that will have
the highest impact – such as sommeliers,
wine writers as well as the buyers of
wine for the main wine stores overseas.
These marketing specialists are ada-
mant that Australian wine is sold too
cheap at present, and that improving the
market message will go a long way to
starting the recovery.
So while it is often easy to focus on the
low price of grapes and think of the prob-
lem as a local one; the current downturn
is having an impact on the wine industry
around the world. As such the solution
and the pathway to any recovery is a
It is encouraging to see that AGWA
has a positive plan to address this, and
that action is under way now. Go to the
website (awga.net.au) to read the plan
and email your thoughts to (strategic.
Changing time zones
The State Government recently
announced a state-wide consultation
process to debate the merits of changing
the state’s time zone.
Premier Jay Weatherill has asked
the Minister for Investment and Trade,
Martin Hamilton-Smith to lead the pro-
SA’s half-hour time difference to the
eastern states and 90 minutes difference
to WA has caused confusion for some
across various aspects of daily life, from
sporting fixtures to public service admin-
istration and business transactions.
Some say the time difference is a sig-
nificant barrier to our economic, social
and cultural engagement with Australia
and the world.
The minister has written to Riverland
Wine seeking the views of growers and
wine makers. By initiating a public dis-
cussion, the Government will explore the
issues with the community so together
we can make a judgement about what
time zones will best help South Australian
people and businesses to thrive.
If you think we should fall into line
with the eastern states or if you think
we should catch-up that half-hour, make
sure the minister knows what you think.
Get involved in the discussion by
or mail the minister direct at Time Zone,
Department of State Development, GPO
Box 320, Adelaide, SA 5001.
week ending Wednesday, February 18
Citrus Australia - SA Regional Wrap
This month Citrus Australia will be
calling on growers, packers and others
in the industry to provide us with feed-
back on our communication activities.
We want to hear from you, about your
experiences and any ideas you may have
to improve our communications.
We work hard to provide the industry
with access to information that will help
make better business decisions.
While we think our communications
activities are extensive, relevant and
valuable, what really matters is what
Your participation will help us gain
a greater understanding of the value of
our communications activities and what
areas we could improve on.
This will help us continue to apply
for citrus R&D matched funding from
Horticulture Innovation Australia and
increase advertising and sponsorship
for your benefit.
The survey was emailed to you on
Friday, and should take no more than
10 minutes to complete. All surveys
will need to be completed by Sunday,
Currie Communications will be man-
aging the surveys for independence and
Produce Executive Program
Citrus Australia is giving one member
the opportunity to attend this highly
recommended professional develop-
The Produce Executive Program is a
fully residential, business school-style
executive program with a unique blend
of skill development, industry learning
It is led by world class teachers along-
side senior industry leaders.
The format contains a mix of inter-
active lectures, syndicate groups, case
studies, group assignment workshops
and industry discussion sessions.
Participants will examine a range of
management and industry issues from
the varying perspectives across the sup-
ply chain and develop winning strate-
gies for today’s global produce industry.
The course is intensive and challeng-
ing but also very social and a lot of fun.
Date: April 26 to May 1, 2015
Venue: Melbourne Business School,
Mt Eliza Executive Education Campus,
Value: $7500 including course, on
campus accommodation and some
meals. Travel to Melbourne and Mt Eliza
is not included.
More information (ifgm.com.au/pro-
To apply: Simply submit a confiden-
tial application with your name, contact
details, CV and answer in half a page
why you and the industry would benefit
from attending this course by cob on
Friday, May 6, to Judith Damiani, CEO
,via email (judith.damiani@citrusaus-
Selection: The Citrus Australia Board
will select and notify the successful can-
didate by Wednesday, March 18.
Citrus Technical 2015
Forum and Field Day
Time is running out to purchase tick-
ets for the Citrus Technical 2015: Forum
and Field Day to be held at the Mildura
Arts Centre on March 16-17 .
The two-day program is shaping up
to be the stand-out event on the citrus
calendar, and will feature international
speakers Joel Nelsen (California Citrus
Mutual), Dr Jim Walker (New Zealand
pest expert) and Californian posthar-
vest legend David Sorensen.
The forum dinner on Monday, March
16, will cap off the first day and provide
the perfect setting to network and share
The informal dinner will not disap-
point, serving up a spectacular gourmet
barbecue with all the trimmings (part-
Tickets for the dinner are to be
booked separately and will sell out fast.
Do n0t want to miss out? Follow the link
to book tickets for the two-day event
and the forum dinner or visit the web-
CASAR update – gall wasp
Steven Falivene, citrus development
officer for NSW Department of Primary
Industries, was in the Riverland this
week meeting with SA Citrus Industry
IDO Sam Rogers, local citrus growers
and local service providers.
Steven has been involved with the
citrus industry for a number of years
nationally and as part of this visit,
looked at the citrus gall wasp issue in
Steven has been of great assistance
to CASAR when we rolled out the gall
wasp grower meetings late last year and
has been one of the driving forces for a
national research project which is cur-
rently being developed and assessed.
We look forward to continuing this
important work with Steve and others
and will come back to industry with
further updates as this work on gall
While not an exact science, crop esti-
mates are a very important part of for-
ward planning and are an essential tool
for all packers and marketers.
SA industry representatives along
with Citrus Australia nationally col-
late estimates annually and for many
months prior to the main citrus season
Early indications are suggesting an
average overall crop with reasonable
sizing for this time of the year/season.
Everyone accepts there are many
variables between now and harvest
time, including extreme weather events,
but if the trend continues we will see a
good, balanced crop grown across all
varieties this year which is exactly what
we would want to see after a reasonable
season last year.
On top of the manageable crop, we
have seen the AUD come back against
most of our trading partner curren-
cies and importantly the US dollar from
where it was a year ago.
This is a promising position to be in
when our industry is one which is quite
export focused. CASAR recommends to
our growers to go and start the conver-
sation early with your packer.
Understand the fruit and markets
that they are looking for. Great com-
munication is key for both packers and
growers in working together to ensure
a profitable and sustainable industry.
If you have questions about anything
in this week’s column or an issue that
you would like discussed please con-
tact the chair Con Poulos at (saregion@
citrusaustralia.com.au) or Sam Rogers
or on mobile 0477 110 933.
TERM ONE, WEEK FOUR
On Wednesday morning we went down to
the river with Mr Smyth and Kerry.
Once we arrived at the river, Brooke and
Kasey collected the water from the river in
reused orange juice bottles.
Next, we tested the turbidity by pouring
some water into the turbidity tube to
40NTU because that was last week’s
We stood in a circle and passed the tube
around to see if everyone agreed that the
reading would be 40NTU again this week.
Everyone could see the three wavy lines
at the bottom of the tube.
Then we tested the salinity. We do this
by rinsing a cup three times first, then
pouring in more water and then inserting
the salinity meter, which we stir gently and
then wait for the numbers on the meter to
This week we think the salinity is 166ECUs.
However, we still need to check our meter.
by Brooke, year 3
Pauline’s pleasant surprise
by Stephanie Gropler
Jachmann Cider owner
Pauline Jachmann got a
“pleasant surprise” recently,
with Melbourne newspaper,
The Age, reviewing the local
Mrs Jachmann was in
Melbourne at the time meeting
with sales representatives when
the review was brought to her
“We went to one of the busi-
nesses we were showing the cider
to and he pointed it out that it was
in The Age that day,” she said.
“It is amazing. It did catch us
In the review, author Ralph
Kyte-Powell rated the value of the
product as “good” and described
the cider as having “deep golden
colour and only slight efferves-
“Aromas and flavours are pure
and not at all bolstered by sweet-
ness, with a light purity of apple
characters and a clean, fresh acid
backbone,” Mr Kyte-Powell said
in his review.
Mrs Jachmann said she had
been told that Mr Kyte-Powell
often reviews items which are
submitted to him.
“We certainly didn’t do that and
that is the amazing thing, plus just
the timing of it as well,” she said.
It has been a busy time for
Jachmann Cider, with apple har-
vest under way.
Mrs Jachmann said conditions
has been good for apple growing
“We irrigate accordingly,” she
“We have leaf foliage and that
helps as well.
“You do get a little bit of burn,
but it has been a pretty good sum-
mer for us.”
Jachmann Cider now sells to
over 100 outlets across Australia,
with restaurants and bottle shops
in South Australia through to
Sydney selling the Loxton North
The Age on
10 this year
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