When you’re growing wine grapes, you can’t settle for mediocre quality. At the same time, you need to stay in control of your climate, territory and vines. That’s where precision irrigation and fertilisation comes in.
The quality of your wine grapes depends on a lot of factors. Some of those factors are relatively predictable and others are hardly predictable at all. Irrigation is surely one of the biggest influencers when it comes to quality, yield and optimised production.
So if you want to make sure you’re growing consistently high-quality grapes for your specific wine style, you need to make sure you have complete control over the water and nutrients feeding them. More importantly, you need a system that’ll give you control over vine growth, no matter your topography or climate.
Precision irrigation delivers water and nutrients straight to the roots of each plant – not the soil. The result is that you’ll be able to increase your wine yield and quality. But crucially, you’d also reduce the amount of fertiliser, water and labour you need.
In order to get a high-quality wine grape, you need to control the level of water stress. Precision irrigation does that.
And if you use digital control systems, you can make it easier to monitor and optimise your yield as it’s growing, and gain data about every stage of the wine grape lifecycle.Read More
How much will precision irrigation cost me per hectare?
It varies. The price depends on three things. First, how you’ll get water from the source to the field – you’d need to choose the right pipelines based on distance and elevation. Second, your peak crop water demand, which is governed by your climate conditions,crop canopy cover and wine style. And finally, your topography, which will determine your 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 than any other method. And it’ll save you more water, fertiliser and labour than alternatives. So you get much better economic returns.
When should I start irrigating, and how should I do so?
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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