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CropWatch

BERRIES PEASIZE EL 31
Early season continues.
The early season varieties Chardonnay and Pinot Noir
are getting close to Berries Peasize (EL 31). This is
earlier than usual and growers are advised to prepare for
an early harvest especially if they are producing grapes
for sparkling wine. Note the with-holding periods of any
vineyard agrochemicals you are using to ensure you do
not use any products too close to harvest.

Downy Mildew
This week we have confirmed a low level of Downy
Mildew in vineyards from the Downy Mildew 10:10:24
Primary Event on the 28th of November. These Oilspots
have produced spores on the backs of leaves (left)
caused by the Downy Secondary Event (warm, wet
night) on December 8th.
This message from Adelaide Hills CropWatch Event Date
10:10:24 (Primary Event). 28th of November
was compiled for the week ending Friday,
Oilspots visible. 7th of December
December 11th 2009 and will be updated
December
December 18th.
prior to December Warm, wet night 8th of December
(Secondary Event).
More Pest and Disease information is Fresh Oilspots expected on 16th of December
untreated / unprotected vines.
available at
The risk of Downy Mildew affecting your bunches is low.
www.adelaidehillswine.blogspot.com Most vineyards have berries larger than 3-5mm and are
considered immune to infection. Downy Mildew can only
affect your harvest if more secondary events occur and
Oilspot levels build up. CropWatch recommends
including Downy Mildew protectants with any fungicide
spray – especially if rain is forecast.

Remember once Oilspots appear they cannot be


successfully killed by metalaxyl (Ridomil, Axiom).

Walk down your vine rows and look for any signs like the
photos shown on the CropWatch Blog. Tag any Oilspots
you find and watch to see if they sporulate and spread,
or if they dry out and become inactive.

CropWatch SA Adelaide Hills is a service provided by the Adelaide Hills Wine Region Inc. DJ’s Grower Services provide vineyard monitoring data, interpret weather data &
compile the messages. Information is general in nature and should not be relied upon. Always seek professional advice specific to your vineyard. All photos (c) James
Hook & Richard McGeachy unless noted. CropWatch acknowledges the support of James Hook & Matthew Wilson in preparing this message.
Light Brown Apple Moth

Check your developing bunches for signs of caterpillar damage. Apple moth damage is usually found in
‘hotspots’. If you find one damaged bunch like this (above) check other bunches and in nearby leaves for
more apple moth activity.

Withholding Periods
GRAPEVINE PRODUCTS THAT CANNOT BE USED AFTER BERRIES PEASIZE (EL 31).
Name Withholding Period Disease

Proclaim, Avatar Peasize - EL 31, no later than 56 LBAM


days before harvest.
Success2, Entrust Peasize - EL 31. LBAM

Flint 500 WG, Peasize - EL 31 Powdery & Downy Mildew


Cabrio
Switch Peasize - EL 31 (before bunch Botrytis
closure) but no later than 60 days
before harvest.
Topas 100EC EL 31, no later than 60 days Powdery Mildew
before harvest.
Legend EL 31, no later than 42 days Powdery Mildew
before harvest.

CropWatch SA Adelaide Hills is a service provided by the Adelaide Hills Wine Region Inc. DJ’s Grower Services provide vineyard monitoring data, interpret weather data &
compile the messages. Information is general in nature and should not be relied upon. Always seek professional advice specific to your vineyard. All photos (c) James
Hook & Richard McGeachy unless noted. CropWatch acknowledges the support of James Hook & Matthew Wilson in preparing this message.