CropWatch endeavours to provide growers in the McLaren Vale region with technical information on key viticultural issues such as pest and disease identification, risk and management.
La Nina Declared
James and Gill discuss the declaration of a La Nina weather event and what that means locally for the McLaren Vale wine community. The risks from downy mildew and bunch botrytis are discussed. What is the difference between botrytis noble rot and the destructive bunch rot?
Welcome to Vintage 2022
The CropWatch podcast returns for Vintage 2022.
In this episode, Gill and James discuss the value of Grenache in the McLaren Vale Wine Region, what we can learn from the European Vintage currently underway, and how the wine community should “play the season, not the forecast.”
Vintage 2021 in Review
While the harvest is not quite picked, James and Gill discuss why Vintage 2021 is already being classed as excellent. They also speculate on how Vintage 2019 and 2020 will be remembered, and what 2022 could bring.
No disasters here
James Hook and Gill Gordon-Smith discuss how summer is proving to be mild and dry for McLaren Vale grapegrowers, but there is likely to be flooding elsewhere in Australia over the next two weeks.
Downy Mildew: What Makes and Outbreak?
Live from the vineyard, Gill Gordon Smith and James Hook discuss what makes a downy mildew outbreak.1- Not knowing there is a problem.2- Not being able to access vineyard to keep up protection.3- Not having access to post infection (eradicant) fungicide when needed.
2021 Vintage - La Nina
La Nina is expected. What does it mean for McLaren Vale? Wet conditions are likely to continue and this is looking like a vintage of rain and fungus; rather than one of heat waves and berry burn.
Note: At the start of this Podcast James welcomes you to the start of Vintage 2020. He knows it is Vintage 2021!