Production

January Work Programme 2000

January Work Programme 2000

PLANNING AND PREPARATION Short-term Inspect baskets or picking boxes prior to harvesting. Clean pressing bins and apply a layer of lead free acid resistant paint. Inspect wagons if used for conveying grapes to the cellar. Inspect and sharpen knives and pruning shears...
Grapevine Leafroll Disease: A New Control Strategy?

Grapevine Leafroll Disease: A New Control Strategy?

Recent advances in plant genetic engineering holds great promise for modern plant breeding; also for grapevines. Can this new technology provide mechanisms to introduce resistance against the crippling grapevine leafroll disease Grapevine leafroll disease Grapevine...
December Work Programme 1999

December Work Programme 1999

PLANNING AND PREPARATION Short-term Visit your nurseryman to inspect the vines grafted for you, to determine whether they are true to type, growing vigorously and free of disease. Plan the scheduling for irrigation of the various blocks, taking available water, soil...
Cool Climate Viticulture

Cool Climate Viticulture

For two and a half weeks I had the privilege to visit regions in Canada and New York State. I would like to share this experience first by focussing on the cool climate regions of Canada and thereafter in part 2 on the New York State regions. The experience enriched...
Vine Improvement and Availability of Plant Material

Vine Improvement and Availability of Plant Material

1. HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE In the sixties KWV realised that South African wines could only be improved by improving the condition of our vineyards. The driving force behind this conviction was the late Mr Beyers Henning, production manager. The average yield was...
November Work Programme 1999

November Work Programme 1999

1. PLANNING AND PREPARATION 1.1. Short-term Visit your nurseryman and inspect the vines which were grafted for you, to ensure they are true to type, and check for growth and absence of disease. Plan the scheduling of irrigation for the various blocks, taking available...
October Work Programme 1999

October Work Programme 1999

PLANNING AND PREPARATION Short-term Plan the scheduling of irrigation of the various vineyard blocks. Usually irrigation is not necessary at this stage and over-irrigation should be avoided. However, the water content of the soil must be sufficient when the flowering...
September Work Programme 1999

September Work Programme 1999

1. PLANNING AND PREPARATION 1.1. Short-term Replace worn parts of the spray pump and calibrate to ensure that the recommended dosages of fungicide and/or insecticide are applied. Order the necessary insecticides and fungicides. Check irrigation equipment and replace...