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.