Sunday, August 05, 2007

This week: 3rd. August

Weather Report Week Ending 3/8/07
Maximum Temperature for the week 16.9C (62F) on Tue. 5 readings above our monthly average of 14.6C.
Minimum Temperature for the week 5.8C (42F) on Fri. 7 readings above our monthly average of 5.0C.
Rainfall for the Week 17.8mm (50 points) 5 days of rain.
Weather data thanks to BOM & Nuriootpa Viticulture Research Centre.

A nice wet week for us this week. While we have had some very useful falls, they have been reasonably light, we are still looking for some heavy soaking rain. The forecast is not looking all that good. Last month we received 59.6mm of rain, which was about 10mm above our average for July.

This week in the vineyard:

We are continuing to finish pruning the last of our young blocks of vines. As I reported in an earlier post, I have spent the week at the 13th Australian Wine Industry Technical conference. In fact I have been to several conferences. I have also been to the 4th Australian Wine Industry Environment conference, and a workshop run by the Barossa Valley Technical group on improving biodiversity in vineyards. I feel a little overloaded with new information at the moment, I will need some time to digest all I have learned. The Australian wine industry faces some very difficult issues in the near future, including climate change, food miles, oversupply, drought and salinity. The photo shows part of the trade display at Wine Tech 2007 - held in conjunction with the Tech conference.

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