Sunday, August 19, 2007

This week: 17th. August

Weather Report Week Ending 17/8/07

The official weather station at Nuriootpa has been down most of this week, so I am using figures from Roseworthy, about 20km from our vineyards.

Maximum Temperature for the week 20.2C (68F) on Sat. 2 readings above our monthly average of 14.6C.Minimum Temperature for the week -1.0C (30F) on Mon. 3 readings above our monthly average of 5.0C.Rainfall for the Week 4.0mm (11 points) 3 days of rain.
Weather data thanks to BOM & Roseworthy agriculture Research Centre.

Yet another fairly dry week here in the Barossa Valley. The figures I have are not for the station at Nuriootpa, but they should still be in the ball park for here. Just very light rainfall, what has happened to the major downfalls? Other parts of the world are having far too much rain - we would like just one heavy downfall.

This week in the vineyard:

We have now taken a break from the last of our pruning, our staff have been removing vines ready for replanting and some other odds and ends of trellising. I have started setting up a side by side trial of two different treatments for Eutypa in one of our old blocks of Shiraz. I may report on this once I have finished treating the vines in the trial (approx 400 vines in total). I have also been continuing to mow down our cover crop when the weather has been suitable. The photo this week shows our top grafted Sauv. Blanc, now all pruned and tied down at sun set.

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