Home' The Murray Pioneer : June 2nd 2017 Contents 20 COUNTRYSIDE www.murraypioneer.com.au Friday, June 2, 2017
There are a couple of details
which anyone employing working
holiday visa holders must be aware
of this season.
Employers must ensure they
are paying the legal rate and have
a signed piecework agreement in
The Federal Government has
also changed some of the earning
requirements of these visa holders.
They will need to gross an aver-
age of $134.52 a day (about $700
a week) to have their minimum
required 88 days of work signed
off on. They can work for different
employers during this 13 week
period but they must provide pay
slips which meet Australian stand-
All information about employing
working holiday visa holders can
be found on a 1263 form available
A piecework agreement
template can be found at www.
fairwork.gov.au or going to
this link https://www.fairwork.
For further information please
contact the MADEC office on 8586
Do we send you too much stuff
or not enough? What’s the best
way for us to send it to you? Could
you please take our quick survey
to let us know how we could
improve what we do? It takes less
than five minutes and is available
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like a copy emailed to you, please
contact Kerrie at saregion@
We only have three spots
available to take a look at the latest
variety work being undertaken by
Graham Sanderson at Dareton on
June 14. Please email saregion@
citrusaustralia.com.au or call
Kerrie on 0427 799 465 to attend.
If you missed our regional
forum or would like to revisit some
of the presentations from our
guest speakers, the powerpoint
presentations are available by
emailing Kerrie at saregion@citru-
Can you help man the CASAR
stand at this year ’s Royal Adelaide
Show? Mark, Louise, Kirsty and
Anthony are always grateful to
receive assistance. The show will
be on from September 1-10. Please
contact Mark Doecke on 0408 499
287 if you are able to lend a hand.
If you suffered damage during
the November 11 hailstorm you
only have until Friday, June 9 to
apply for the $10,000 recovery
For more information, contact
Primary Industries and Regions
at the Loxton Research Centre
on 8595 9100 or download
the fact sheet and application
form at www.pir.sa.gov.au/
Climate: Daily maximum and
minimum temperatures were at
or just above average during April.
Mean maximum temperatures dur-
ing early May were near average
but mean minimum temperatures
were a couple of degrees below
Phenology: The fruit are at col-
our break and maturing.
Fruit development, size and
harvest: Colour development
accelerated in early May due to
low minimum temperatures. M7
harvest commenced in mid-May.
Internal fruit maturity of varie-
ties is progressing well. Navelina
harvest was expected to com-
mence towards the end of May
followed by lengs. Navel crop load
is expected to be higher than last
year, fruit size is smaller than last
year but mostly still within market-
Disease management –
CRITICAL: It is critical to apply cop-
per sprays (if you haven’t already)
to protect fruit from fungal infec-
tion and reduce the incidence of
septoria spot, phytophthora brown
rot and greasy spot in the orchard
(Note: Copper will NOT protect
against sour rot or blue/green
mould). Phytophthora is an export
quarantine disease of concern and
copper application is essential for
export fruit. A second application
might be required in the Riverina
in early July for later hanging fruit.
Spread your harvest – GA:
Spreading the harvest can assist
in reducing mid-season supply
pressures. If winter rains delay
your harvest you could be left with
over mature fruit that have a high
susceptibility to rind breakdown
and are unsuitable for export.
The application of GA now can
significantly assist in maintaining
good rind quality. It can also help
to reduce puffing of mandarins. GA
application will provide benefits
if harvest is delayed. Applying GA
during the later colour develop-
ment stage (i.e. half to three-quar-
ter colour) is considered to have
some benefit, but a lesser effect as
compared to the early colour break
stages. Discuss GA options with
your packer and/or advisor and
check with your state authority.
Always follow label recommenda-
Weed control and tree skirts:
Maintaining high tree skirts is vital
to ensure fruit are not contami-
nated with herbicide or become
infected with phytophthora (low
hanging fruit are at high risk to
phytophthora). It is best to skirt
and remove low hanging fruit than
Export quarantine issues: A
shrouded herbicide sprayer should
be used throughout the season to
ensure fruit are not contaminated
Cling sprays: The application of
a cling spray is important to reduce
premature fruit drop especially
on susceptible varieties (leng) and
late-hanging fruit. It also helps
to maintain greener buttons on
fruit. A second spray before bud
burst (late June/early July) might
be required to hang fruit longer.
Sprays applied after bud swell (late
July) might distort new growth.
Fruit sprayed with cling spray have
less button tears. Removed but-
tons are a possible site for disease
infection. Refer the label if GA can
be mixed with the cling spray.
Pruning: Pruning is an essential
practice for fresh market fruit. It
encourages higher quality wood
development and reduces poten-
tial flowering sites. Pruning can
commence straight after harvest
and should be a serious considera-
tion for early maturing varieties.
Snails and Fuller rose weevil:
Autumn rains have begun and now
is the time to apply baits to con-
trol snails before breeding occurs.
This season is expected to have
a higher snail pressure from the
summer rains and increased veg-
etation. Spray copper for disease
control and to deter snails enter-
ing the canopy. Ensure tree skirts
are maintained and a good weed
control program is implemented to
reduce FRW risk and soil diseases
Oleocellosis and Harvest
Handbook: Some incidence of
oleocellosis has occurred on semi
coloured early navels. Younger/
greener fruit are more susceptible
to oleocellosis. Harvesting for
degreening should be conducted
with extra care. Familiarise yourself
with optimum harvest practices to
reduce oleocellosis damage. The
Australian Fresh Citrus Harvest
Handbook is available from the
NSW DPI citrus web site and from
packers. It provides instructions to
new pickers on how to handle fruit
carefully. A few seconds of poor
harvesting can ruin a season of
Export Protocols: Ensure that no
split or damaged fruit are harvest-
ed. Insects that attack damaged
fruit can cause quarantine prob-
lems. Continue with snail baiting if
required and maintain tree skirts
to reduce the ability of pests (FRW)
to move into trees.
June 14 – CASAR varieties work-
shop, Dareton, NSW.
Citrus Australia - SA Regional Wrap
He was born to Bruce and Libby,
Loxton Hospital, January 23, 1965.
He had a smile on his dial the day he
arrived...it rarely left.
He was the youngest after Brett and
Andrew; and the youngest cousin of his
He was just the best kid... popular
with oldies and youngies.
He loved his sports: footy, tennis and
He was good at all of them... damn
He loved to win... a good loser as
well... a great team player... and always
He was a life member at Loxton
He said hello to everyone... and he
He was a lifter, not a leaner: a lifter
for his family, mates, clubs, community,
He was a winegrower like so many in
He loved his music, he was a rock
star... or coulda been. He was Angus
Young, Bon Scott or even Barnesey... in
He was a son, a brother, a friend, a
mate, a loving husband, a dad... a really
good bloke. Ask anyone.
He had major surgery, for the Big C,
in March just gone.
He was well into chemo and
He loved to listen, to learn, to know;
woulda been on top of the ABC’s Loyal
He called her Thursday evening,
brought her up to date, arranged bits
and pieces... caused her face to crease
with a (very) Proud mum’s smile.
He sat with Liz, Sam, Abby and Adam
Thursday evening, watched the Power
He had his first glass of red in several
months... he was feeling that good.
He kissed Liz goodnight, soon after
10, said goodnight to the kids, went to
bed, a happy man.
He was among the first to say ‘yes’,
to the Loxton Breakfast meeting... next
He drew a deep breath at 6.30am
that day, May 26. That was his last.
He was gone... as quickly, as quietly
and happily as that.
He was Philip Proud.
He will do his last lap of honour at
the Tigers’ home ground, soon after
1pm next Tuesday.
Farewell Philip and thanks for
sharing so much and so many of your
gifts with us all.
Riverland winegrowers and
LOCAL winegrape growers have experienced the
third consecutive vintage of increased prices.
The estimate of $7421 per hectare was among
findings released last week at breakfast meetings
held by Riverland Wine.
It is the first time since 2008 that the average hec-
tare has received more than $7000.
Riverland Wine executive officer Chris Byrne
said indicators for the region were “very positive
“The general sentiment across the region is that
most growers were pleased with the outcomes,” he
“There were lots of challenges, but they were
pleased with the 2017 vintage.
“All growers think that it was an improvement on
2016, which in turn was an improvement on 2015.”
The average dollar per hectare reached its lowest
point in 2010, with $4237.
“Most businesses are not out of the woods yet,
but they are optimistic now for the future in a way
they have not been for more than a decade,” Mr
“There is growing demand for the wines that
come from this region.”
Over 15 growers and industry representatives
attended the local breakfast meeting, held at the
Loxton Hotel on Friday.
“The wineries and the growers are now working
much more effectively and in a much more united
way than they were a decade ago,” Mr Byrne said.
“We have a lot of good collaboration going
between growers and wineries and we have been
very well represented at all of these meetings with
The meetings heard that local grape growers
experienced a longer vintage than usual, due to sea-
“It was a late start and as a consequence, a late
finish,” Mr Byrne said.
“It has finished up, in most cases, quite satisfac-
Breakfast meetings were also held in Renmark,
Waikerie and Berri.
l Phil Proud
Riverland Wine breakfast meetings were held
around the region last week, with one at the Loxton
Hotel on Friday.
22 million ha to be planted
TOTAL planted area for Australia’s 2017/18 winter
crop is expected to remain on par with last year
at just over 22 million hectares, according to new
report released yesterday.
Rabobank’s Australian Winter Crop Update also
says that after the record production achieved in
2016/17, early indications point to a return to five-
year average annual production levels this season,
based on total hectares planted and a net average
start to the season across the country.
Albeit, it says, considerable downside risks exist
due to unfavourable climate forecasts during the
Rabobank’s Cheryl Kalisch Gordon says with
many growers already finished or well over half
way through their planting programs and expected
to complete them in the first weeks of June, overall
total planted hectares are forecast to remain virtu-
ally unchanged on the 2016/17 season.
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