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MDBA total stor-
age decreased by
107GL, with the
active storage now
6254GL (74 per cent
capacity). Inflows to
the Murray system
so far in October
continue to track
well below the long-term average.
At Dartmouth Reservoir, the storage
volume decreased 24GL to 3575GL (93
per cent capacity). The release is steady at
5500ML/day as water is transferred down-
stream to Hume Reservoir.
Storage at Hume Reservoir decreased
58GL to 2262GL (75 per cent capacity).
Releases from Hume have been increased
to 18,800ML/day in response to rising
downstream demand. At Yarrawonga Weir,
the release is steady at 10,300ML/day.
At Torrumbarry Weir, the diversion into
National Channel is currently 2350ML/
day. The flow in the Murray downstream
of Torrumbarry is 10,300ML/day, and
forecast to briefly increase to around
12,500ML/day early next week as the
pulse from the Goulburn River passes.
Further downstream, inflow to the
Murray from the Murrumbidgee River at
Balranald is 1050ML/day. On the Murray
at Euston, the pool level remains 20cm
above the Full Supply Level (FSL) of
47.6m AHD and the downstream release is
8000ML/day. At Menindee Lakes, the stor-
age volume has decreased 6GL to 289GL
(17 per cent capacity). At Wentworth Weir
on the Murray, the pool level is being
held 10cm above FSL. The release from
Wentworth Weir is 7700ML/day.
At Lake Victoria, the storage volume
decreased 19GL to 611GL (90 per cent
capacity). The flow to SA is targeting
9500ML/day. This incorporates entitlement
flows, environmental water traded from
the Goulburn system, and environmental
water being used to test the new works on
the Chowilla Floodplain. Commissioning
of the works at Chowilla has been under-
way since September and has involved the
raising of both the Chowilla Creek envi-
ronmental regulator and Lock 6 weir pool
in order to inundate approximately 3000
ha of wetlands and floodplain.
The flow over Lock 1 averaged 5500ML/
day and, at the Lower Lakes, the five-day
average water level in Lake Alexandrina
is 0.68m AHD. The barrage releases con-
tinue to target 2000ML/day.
Berri 250EC units, Morgan 290,
Mannum 300, Milang 750.
Strategic plan released
The first strategic plan, prepared by Riverland
growers and winemakers together, was released at
Riverland Wine’s AGM on Monday, October 20.
The plan outlines the organisation’s mission – why
we exist: to provide leadership, resources and the co-
ordination necessary to drive a profitable, dynamic
and sustainable Riverland wine industry for the ben-
efit of its members and the community.
The organisation’s vision statement identifies what
we are striving to become: the region that responds
to market demand and can adapt quickly and com-
petitively to the changing preferences of global wine
The five core themes of the plan are:
• Leadership and engagement;
• Research, development and extension;
• Market growth; and
Riverland Wine chair Brian Walsh remarked that
“although there may be a collective sigh of relief that
the plan is finally done the real work still lies ahead
of us all”.
RWGA chair Sheridan Alm thanked all who contrib-
uted to the plan, describing it as, “the result of input
provided through grower breakfast meetings, phone
calls, emails and consultations with the broader com-
munity over a two year period”.
Copies of the document will be mailed to all mem-
bers before the plan is released more widely on the
Riverland Wine website next week. Further copies
will be sent to other industry organisations and key
politicians in coming weeks to ensure that Riverland
Wine is making its mark where it counts.
AGMS and committee appointments
The annual general meetings for the Riverland
Winegrape Growers Association (RWGA) and
Riverland Wine Industry Development Council
(RWIDC) were held on Monday, October 20.
The results of the RWGA ballot for the four vacan-
cies on the management committee were announced.
A total of 667 votes were recorded. Sheridan Alm,
Stuart Andrew and Ashley Ratcliff were all reap-
pointed, with former RWGA deputy chair Brett Proud
also being reappointed.
Thank you and congratulations to all those who
participated. For those who were disappointed there
will be four more vacancies declared prior to next
year’s AGM and we hope that some may be able to join
Riverland Wine subcommittees in the meantime.
This year’s Riverland Wine and Food Festival
attracted around 2000 locals and visitors.
With 17 stallholders providing a range of Riverland
wine, food, beer, cider and sangria, festival manager
Kelly Wright said the event went “fabulously well”.
A bigger site provided a more comfortable and
relaxed atmosphere, with less congestion for those at
the event. Riverland wine producers reported busi-
ness was brisk again at this year’s event.
“The increased area inside the enclosure eased
some of the crowd pressure at the stalls,” said 919
Wines’ Eric Semmler.
“The beautiful summer weather certainly brought
the crowd and the shady trees and marquees were
popular. We were very pleased with the event; it was
good for business.”
There was a pronounced social media element at
this year’s festival, with the punters sharing photos
throughout the day on Instagram and Facebook.
Congratulations to this year’s event organisers,
sponsors, stallholders, volunteers and contractors
who partnered in making the 2014 festival such a suc-
cess. The Riverland Wine and Food communities can
be justifiably proud of this year’s festival.
Riverland Wine hosted a group of 11 visitors from
Ireland, the UK, France, Poland, Finland and Norway
recently. The Riverland was the last stop as part of a
10-day visit to Australian wine regions in Victoria and
The group arrived late on the Thursday evening
after visiting several other SA wine regions. They
maintained a cracking pace, kicking off with breakfast
at Banrock Station and a tour of the boardwalk and
Banrock’s Christophe Tourenq was a fantastic tour
guide, with the group very busy taking photos and
recording sounds of the wildlife. This set the scene for
a wonderful experience for all of them.
After Banrock they enjoyed lunch at Salena Estates,
while Mel Kargas showcased a number of her award-
winning wines. The group moved on to Angove Family
Winemakers for a tour of the facility including the
distillery and the micro winery where Angove’s are
producing some truly magical wines.
The afternoon tour concluded at Mallee Estates
where Jim Markeas showed just what can be achieved
on the family farm through hard work, ingenuity and
a clear focus on export markets.
The visitors were treated to a river cruise just
before sunset and the experience of a range of Artisan
wines produced from Riverland grapes before dining
at the Renmark Golf and Country Club. A range of
Riverland alternative wines from Banrock Station,
Whistling Kite, Basshams Wines and 919 were served
with the meal.
The visitors provided plenty of feedback for the
winemakers so, it was a learning experience for all
On the Saturday the tourists returned to Mallee
Estates for a Greek style breakfast prepared by Jim
and his family before being introduced to three local
pilots (John Angove, Stuart Andrew and Richard
Smart) for a fly over of the region.
Group members rejoined their tour bus at Waikerie
before visiting Illalangi, Oxford Landing then lunch
and a showcasing of Byrne Vineyard’s range of wines
at Scott Creek near Morgan. The group returned to
Waikerie via Zac Caudo’s riverside cellar door at
Hogwash Bend before flying back to Renmark where
they enjoyed a wine-down barbecue and ice cold beer
from Wilkadene Brewery to cap off a truly memorable
visit to the region.
The group departed early last Sunday for Adelaide
Airport, Europe and the UK.
week ending Wednesday, October 22
Citrus Australia - SA Regional Wrap
TERM FOUR, WEEK TWO
On Monday we went down to the river. We
had to spot as many birds as we could
because it was National Bird Week.
We spotted 19 different types of birds.
The turbidity this week is 50NTU, which is
30NTU higher than last week's reading.
The salinity this week is 224NTU, which is
29NTU higher than last week's reading.
by Bryson, year 4
Industry at a glance
The majority of the winter harvest has
now concluded and the valencia season
is under way. Demand this year for our
‘winter’ varieties started strong both on
the domestic and export market and
continued throughout most of the pick-
Price pressure occurred towards the
end on our late navel varieties and this
was mostly due to South Africa entering
our stronger Asian markets with around
4 million cartons of fruit that historically
have been sold into the EU due to black
Japan remained the biggest purchaser
of our export fruit and on latest figures
South Australia exported more than 40
per cent of our citrus crop to this market.
Citrus remains the biggest fresh fruit
exported out of our state as well as
South Australian citrus is now
exported to 32 destinations around the
world. This is due to the hard work our
Riverland exporters have put into mar-
keting their products over many years
and building strong relationships with
our trading partners.
This work is complimented by CASAR
along with Citrus Australia Ltd who con-
tinue to work together with relevant gov-
ernment departments to ensure these
trading opportunities remain strong and
accessible. It is important that citrus is
well represented when important nego-
tiations such as Free Trade Agreements
and market access are in progress. A lot
of time is also spent on negotiating pro-
tocols into our existing export markets
and ensuring that biosecurity is a high
priority to ensure South Australia retains
its fruit fly free status.
Historical data shows the industry in
2001 had plantings of 2.6 million trees
and an area of 7850ha producing on
average 180,000 tonnes of citrus. The
South Australian citrus industry now
has around 400 growers, 6000ha and
around 2.5 million trees. This year’s crop
estimate was set at 200,000 tonnes of cit-
rus with approximately 100,000 tonnes
comprising early, winter and late navels;
Valencia plantings represent around
50,000 tonnes, followed by mandarins at
around 30,000 tonnes.
This production makes the Riverland
the largest citrus growing region in the
country, growing about a third of the
national crop. This is a great example of
how much productivity has increased in
our industry through continuous invest-
ment in new plantings and technology
over the years.
This year’s crop will see a farm-gate
value of more than $90 million and esti-
mated value of $350 million to the state.
economy. The industry also employs
around 5000 permanent and seasonal
workers annually. These figures show
how important the SA citrus industry is
to the prosperity of the Riverland, which
has grown citrus for more than 100
years, and continues to be a key driver of
the state’s regional economy.
Whilst these figures indicate a stron-
ger position than what we experienced
during the ‘millennium drought’ which
saw many citrus growers leave the indus-
try, there are risks that remain. Water
security and biosecurity are the most
important challenges that will allow us
as an industry to grow marketable fruit
and remain competitive in future.
Seasonal variations also play a key
part in our industry, with extreme
weather events always posing a risk. It’s
important as growers that we employ
good orchard practices that ensure we
continue to grow a clean, marketable
and balanced crop in the coming seasons
which will make it easier to sell our fruit
for a positive return. It is also important
to liaise with your packer throughout
the year to better understand what their
market requirements are as this will
enable growers to make the right deci-
sions for their orchard.
Citrus growers head to the polls
Australian citrus growers will head
to the polls next week to decide on the
level of levy investment, as part of the
National Citrus Growers’ Levy 2014
Ballot. The ballot will commence 9am
AEDT on Wednesday, October 29, and
will remain open for one month.
The current level of investment can no
longer find innovative solutions needed
to progress all the industry’s R&D pri-
orities such as market access, fruit fly,
agrichemicals and biosecurity.
Citrus growers are urged to support
this ballot as the future of our citrus
industry relies on R&D to meet the future
challenges that our industry is faced
with. For further information go to the
Peak emergence of this pest in the
Riverland is expected this week. Please
refer to previous communications from
CASAR in regards to the appropriate
treatments. For further information
please contact Sam Rogers or the CASAR
• CASAR and the SA IDO Sam Rogers
have been working closely with the
agribusiness department of the SA
Government on an industry brochure
as a part of their China strategy. Once
completed this will be used by the
Government and industry as a tool to
increase trade with China.
• CASAR, along with the other SA Fruit
Fly Action group members, met with
Minister for Agriculture Leon Bignell in
Adelaide to discuss this year’s fruit fly
program. We continue to work closely
with the Minister’s office along with
• CASAR also met with the Minister
to discuss and support ideas for a cit-
rus promotion for next year’s SA citrus
season and which follows on from the
successful ‘Buy a local orange’ promotion
we ran this year.
• CASAR chair Con Poulos travelled
to Canberra in September and met with
the Department of Agriculture’s Plant
Export division as well as the Market
Access division. Discussions included
this year’s exports and the implemen-
tation of numerous initiatives for our
growing export markets going forward.
These meetings followed on with
direction from Citrus Australia Ltd who
has been doing a lot of work on these
market strategies. Con also met with
advisers for the Federal Minister for
Agriculture Barnaby Joyce and Minister
for Trade Andrew Robb. Similar discus-
sions were held regarding the Citrus
Industry’s export market priorities and
also wide ranging discussions on topics
such as national biosecurity, China’s rec-
ognition of SA’s pest free area status and
importantly the China/Australia Free
Trade agreement that is currently being
negotiated by the federal government.
If you have questions about anything
in this week’s column, or an issue that
you would like discussed, please contact
the chairman Con Poulos (saregion@
citrusaustralia.com.au) or Sam Rogers
by calling 0477 110 933.
Singh family top of the crop
Kevin and Lachlan
Singh have yet again
claimed top prize in
the Brown's Well Crop
The consistent titlehold-
ers scored a total of 89.1
points and an estimated
average yield of 2.11 tonnes
Coming in at second
place, with 84.2 points,
were Andrew and Annette
Cass who recorded a 1.95
tonnes per hectare yield
Rainfall to date ranged
from 334mm to 235mm,
with April-October ranging
from 145 to 184mm over
Clinton Scholz, of
Taplan, was named best
in the water use efficiency
category, recording 19kg
The annual crop compe-
tition covers properties in
the former Brown's Well
Council district -- including
Paruna, Peebinga, Taplan,
Pata and Alawoona.
Over 50 farmers, grain
marketers, bankers, machin-
ery dealers, agronomists
and visitors took part in the
judging tour last Tuesday.
The 2014 competition
was this year again backed
by the Mallee Sustainable
Farming Project (MSFP).
A barbecue tea, held
afterwards at the Brown's
Well Football Clubrooms,
was sponsored by AWB Ltd
and Unique Grain.
A Brown's Well harvest
report meeting has been
planned for February,
where all competitors will
be asked to bring in their
yield maps on their pad-
docks so they can be com-
pared with the competition
Next year's crop com-
petition date has been set
for Tuesday, October 20,
ABOVE: Around 50 people
attended the judging tour.
RIGHT: Kevin (left) and
Lachlan Singh (right)
receiving their trophy from
David Evans, of AWB Ltd.
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