Friday, September 3, 2010

Vineyard Planning Graph

This is a VERY basic planning graph that we use with all our customers to help plan the optimal replanting period taking into account Vine age vs Tonnage vs Virus infection.

These are the factors critical to vineyard planning in SA and you have to take into account.
Your objectives will obviously be different if you are doing Quality vs Production but you need to know you tolerances and optimums for each factor over time so if you are moving out of the "sweet spot" you can attend to it immediately.

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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

The Vine Guys 2010 Black Board

Below is a basic flow chart of material in The Vine Guys nursery.
With some points in the bottom left corner to consider.
Any questions?
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Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Root Stock Selector

Here is a link to an Australian root stock selector that should give you an idea of the root stocks that would be suitable for your farm.

Also have a look at page 59 of the August edition of the Wineland magazine to see our article on the subject.

Remember that any final decision should be based on local experience.
If you would like futher assistance with selecting a rootstock give us a call:

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Virus management – Essential points

Below you will find a few essential points for virus control and elimination. If you would like further information please contact us directly.

  1. Plant only the best possible material from a reputable nursery
  2. Make sure all roots have been removed if the soils previously had vineyard on it.
  3. Rest the soil for a minimum of one year with a rotation of the correct cover crops.
  4. Identify possible sources of re-infection (nearby infected vineyards)
  5. Set up mealy bug traps and check regularly
  6. Keep ants out of the vineyards and schedule regular inspections
  7. Know how to identify virus infected vines
  8. Remove and replace any questionably vines for the first four years.
  9. control weeds and plants that are mealy bug hosts
  10. Monitor infection rates and correlate them with Quality/yield to determine what level of infection makes a vineyard uneconomic.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Vine Guys - Trophy Winner

Congrats to Mariken The First winner of the VineGuys Trophy for The best Viticulturist
2009 "THE VINE GUYS" Trofee wenner: Mariken Van Staden