When you’re producing wine grapes, you can’t settle for mediocre quality.You need to stay in full control of all variables that you can control. This is where precision irrigation and Nutrigation™ comes in.
The quality of wine grapes depends on many factors. Some of these factors are relatively predictable and others are hardly predictable at all. Irrigation is one of the biggest influencers when it comes to quality, yield and optimised production in wine grapes.
If you want to make sure you’re producing consistently high-quality grapes for your specific wine style, you need to make sure you have complete control over water and nutrient application. More importantly, you need a system that’ll give you control over vine growth, no matter the topography or climate.
Precision irrigation delivers water and nutrients straight to the root zone of each plant – not the soil. The result is that you will be able to increase yield and quality. But crucially, you will also reduce the amount of fertiliser, water and labour required.
In order to get a high-quality wine grape, you need to control the level of water stress. Precision irrigation does exactly that.
If you use digital control systems, you can make it easier to monitor and control as the vines are growing, and gain data about every stage of the wine grape’s lifecycle.
How much will precision irrigation cost me per hectare?
It varies. The price depends on three things.
Firstly, how you’ll get water from the source to the field – you’d need to choose the right pipelines based on distance and elevation.
Secondly, your peak crop water demand, which is governed by climate conditions, crop canopy cover and wine style.
Finally, the topography, which will determine emitter spacing.
To give you a quote for a precision irrigation system cost per unit area, our agronomists would need to assess these factors. Get in touch so we can get started.
Why should I choose precision irrigation over other, cheaper methods?
It’s true that precision irrigation isn’t the cheapest method. But it does give you higher quality grapes, every season, in a range of challenging environments. It’ll get you the results you need to meet market demand faster. It’ll save you more water, fertiliser and labour than alternatives. So, you get much better economic returns.
When should I start irrigating?
Usually, wine grape growers start irrigating just after the end of the rainy season. But several other factors specific to your farm will affect the best time to do so.
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