Tuesday, October 21, 2008

This week 17th October 2008

Weather Report Week Ending 16/10/08
Maximum Temperature for the week 30.6C (87F) on Sun. 5 readings above our monthly average of 20.3C.
Minimum Temperature for the week 2.1C (36F) on Tue. 4 readings above our monthly average of 8.0C.
Rainfall for the Week 0.0mm (0 points) 0 days of rainfall recorded.
Weather data thanks to BOM & Nuriootpa Viticulture Research Centre.

Another very nice week here in the Barossa Valley a typical spring week. Very dry again with no rainfall recorded.

This week in the vineyard:

As you can see from the photo, our vines are growing rapidly. We have now put the first fungicide spray on for the season. The cover crop is still green and continues to suck moisture out of our profile. I will be spraying this off as soon as I can get to it this coming week. Unfortunately I have a number of meetings and other interruptions that will mean not a lot will get done on the tractor. Some more rain would be very useful in the next few weeks, however the forecast does not look very promising.


Anonymous said...

nice shot!

em...spring spray, as you mentioned a pretty dry spring is typical in Australia, why do you spray now rather than the early summer?
Sorry I know little about viticulture...

Mad Dog said...

We put on preventive sprays in case we get conditions conducive for disease. The chemicals that are available to us to get rid of fungal outbreaks are quite harsh and rather expensive - it is much better not to get diseases in the first place. The chemicals that I use prevent outbreaks, however they need to be re-applied as the vines grow and whenever we get rainfall.