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Viticulture

Grape growing (wine, raisin, and table) is the largest fruit industry in Australia, with production across a wide range of environments, from temperate to tropical. Wine grape production and wine making is the largest and most predominant of the three viticulture industries.

Specific considerations for viticulture

Vines are resilient plants and can be grown in different soil conditions. For the highest yield potential, it is important to maintain the soil structure and nutrient balance, with optimal water conductivity. 

A BioAg nutrition program for vines is targeted at eliminating any macro and micronutrient deficiencies as well as building or improving soils. For example, address any issues with waterlogging, compaction, infiltration, or nutrient cycling. By improving soil conditions and delivering a balanced nutrient supply, we aim to deliver higher grape yields of consistently high quality, improved colour classification for reds and the ability to reach target Baume’s earlier. Improved soil health provides greater support for vines against abiotic stresses and disease. Reducing dependence on fungicides and insecticides lowers the possibility of delayed harvesting, due to withholding periods. Improving soil parameters such as compaction and infiltration, extends irrigation intervals, while water use efficiency will be improved due to the greater root mass.

Crop solutions

Table grapes

Wine grapes

Organic viticulture

Viticulture resources

  • Viticulture case study, Red Cliffs VIC

    Running a small vineyard planted to two hectares of Chardonnay and 3.5ha of Shiraz grapevines, the Wrates are achieving yields and quality well in excess of the district average. John attributes his success to his willingness to use external consultants and adopt new id...

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  • Soil carbon

    Like most elements carbon can be present in soils in different forms. Carbon is present as organic or inorganic carbon. Inorganic carbon is mineral based with its most common form being calcium carbonate. The carbon present in soil organic matter is referred to as organ...

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  • Regenerative agriculture

    The term regenerative agriculture has become aligned, or associated hand in hand, with the improvement of soils, improved soil fertility, and the benefits this provides to farms and rural communities. The approach typically promoted is a holistic one, taking into accoun...

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  • How to fortify compost with BioAg

    Compost benefits crops and pastures by adding stabilised carbon to the soil. This provides a rich food source for the microbial system, feeding and expanding this system with greater nutrient cycling by the microbial system, and increased nutrient uptake to the crop or ...

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