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NEWS: WA wine regions working hard to prevent disease

Postby StarNews » Sun Jan 31, 2016 10:00 am

Major West Australian wine regions working hard to prevent disease issues after rain hits ahead of harvest
Bridget Fitzgerald for WA Country Hour ABC Online
24 January 2016


Vineyard operators in major West Australian wine regions are working hard to prevent disease after wild weather hit just weeks before harvest.

Heavy rainfall in the Margaret River, Great Southern and Geographe regions has caused fruit splitting in some vineyards, which can lead to pest and disease issues.

Producers in the northern parts of the Geographe region may also face issues of smoke taint following bushfires south of Perth.

There are fears among some winemakers that the weather events could affect quality in the 2016 vintage.

Vineyards in Frankland River received more than 80 millimetres of rain in just two days last week.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-01-25/w ... er/7112882
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