Vinehealth Australia
eNewsletter: January 2020
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Hello from Inca Lee

Our thoughts are with those across Australia who have been impacted by bushfires this summer.

We applaud the work of the emergency services and many volunteers assisting with recovery efforts. We have been working with Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA) to assist with identification of vineyard properties in fire zones in the Adelaide Hills and Kangaroo Island and to gauge the scale of damage. More on that below.

With the arrival of vintage 2020 comes increased movement of people, machines and equipment between properties, regions and states. A reminder to keep biosecurity top of mind during vintage – adhere to farm-gate hygiene standards and abide by state regulations for moving risky items. After the devastating start to 2020, the last thing we need is a pest or disease outbreak.

I also need to remind you to submit your Vineyard Records by 31 January. If you need help with your Vineyard Record, give us a call on (08) 8273 0550.

All the very best for vintage,

Inca Lee
CEO Vinehealth Australia

In this issue

Last issue highlights

SA fires: support for industry

Vinehealth Australia has played an active role alongside PIRSA and regional wine associations in responding to the devastating bushfires in South Australia.
Using our Vineyard Register, we identified  potentially affected growers in the Adelaide Hills and Kangaroo Island regions by overlaying vineyard maps onto fire scar maps. These growers were contacted to assist in gauging the scale of damage to the wine industries in the Adelaide Hills and Kangaroo Island.

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Biosecurity during recovery

In times of emergency, like a bushfire, we understand that biosecurity is not the first priority for vineyard owners.
But when the threat has passed and your thoughts switch to recovery, it’s important to reinstate farm-gate hygiene systems to protect vines from further damage from pests and diseases. 
You may receive some additional visitors after a fire. Before you allow them into your vineyard, ask where they and any machinery or equipment they bring with them has been in the month prior.

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SA PQS review update

As many of you know, we have been undertaking a significant review of the phylloxera-related Conditions in South Australia’s Plant Quarantine Standard (PQS).
We thank you all for your patience and important feedback contributing to this review. We are working with PIRSA – Biosecurity SA to agree on final points in the new PQS. As a result, we are not expecting outcomes from the review to be in place during vintage 2020.

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Meet Dr Jo Luck

Vinehealth Australia is lucky to have Dr Jo Luck on our Board. Jo brings extensive biosecurity research skills to the table and is currently the Program Director for the Plant Biosecurity Research Initiative (PBRI), the organisation that coordinates funding for biosecurity research and development in Australia.
"My experience working in plant biosecurity research and strategy for over 30 years, combined with being involved in my family’s vineyard operations for the past 25 years, enables a good perspective on the biosecurity issues facing growers,” Jo said.

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An oldie but a goodie

With vintage on the doorstep of many wine regions, how biosecurity-ready are you?
Best practice farm-gate hygiene can prevent diseases, weeds and pests, including phylloxera, from being introduced to your property.
Check your business readiness by reviewing the top 10 farm-gate hygiene risks that your business is likely to face. How many of these risks can you tick off as being adequately addressed?

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#V20: managing footwear and clothing

Soil, pests, diseases and weed seeds can be picked up and spread on footwear and clothing, including hats and high viz vests. But the movement of the people wearing this footwear and clothing is not regulated by state quarantine standards.
Instead, it is up to the wine supply chain to acknowledge the risk that footwear and clothing can play in the introduction and spread of pests, diseases and weeds into a vineyard. And secondly, to adhere to strong farm-gate hygiene systems to address the cleanliness of footwear and clothing.

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Fruit fly fun for kids

Do you have children interested in agriculture and more importantly in bugs?
As part of the Queensland government funded fruit fly community awareness program, some fun online learning resources have been created for primary and secondary school students to learn about Queensland Fruit Fly (Q-fly). Check the resources out here.

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Fruit fly reminder

South Australia must remain vigilant against the threat of fruit fly. Fruit fly can be spread via the movement of infested fruit and vegetables, including grapes, by travellers or in commercial consignments. 
There is one current fruit fly outbreak being actively managed by Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA)–Biosecurity SA: a Mediterranean Fruit Fly outbreak at Blair Athol in Adelaide.

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Dame Helen Mirren
and Xylella

In 2017, the British government called for greater action to prevent the arrival and spread of Xylella in the UK. A consortium made up of leading universities and research institutes (BRIGIT) decided to use animation to educate the UK public about the disease.
This animation cleverly uses a computer game feel to warn of symptoms to watch for, and highlights the risks posed by bringing plants back from abroad. And Dame Helen Mirren has lent her voice to narrate this animation.

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Toolkit on the way

Over the past few years, Vinehealth Australia has been producing a significant number of foundation biosecurity documents. We are proud of these posters, fact sheets and biosecurity bulletins, the production of which will continue.
We’re now working on improving the adoption of biosecurity. With this in mind, we plan to develop a practical toolkit to guide the wine industry.

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Better climate forecasting

Climate and weather-sensitive management decisions are a daily occurrence for the grape and wine sector, especially during vintage.
Are you aware that the Bureau of Meteorology provides more frequent up-to-date outlooks now to assist in these decisions? 

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Locust numbers still low

The Department of Agriculture has released their January 2020 Locust Bulletin which, as expected, reports that locust population levels remain very low over eastern Australia due to ongoing drought conditions and high temperatures. 
No surveys were conducted in SA during December for the Australian plague locust (APL) as no significant rain fell in the month.

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In the news

Did you see the November/December issue of WBM – Australia’s Wine Business Magazine? On pages 72-75 the article ‘Keeping disaster at bay’ shares the history of Vinehealth Australia as we celebrate 120 years.
And coming up in the February issue of Australian & New Zealand Grapegrower & Winemaker Magazine is an article written with leading vineyard contractors, calling for wash down facilities to be established at all vineyards. We’ll share a PDF of that article when the February issue is released.

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Biosecurity tips

  • #V20 Tip#1: Happy New Year! Have you considered the impact on your harvest logistics if there was a significant pest incursion during the peak of vintage? Would you be ready? Do you know what movement restrictions would apply? #Vinehealth
  • #V20 Tip#2: Are you biosecurity ready? Check out our Vintage Toolkit to ensure you have considered biosecurity from a range of important perspectives. #Vinehealth
  • #V20 Tip#3: Considering sourcing a grape harvester from interstate or another Phylloxera Management Zone in your state for #V20? Ensure it meets all legal movement requirements. You’re not only risking the health of your vineyard, but all vineyards in your region. #Vinehealth
  • #V20 Tip#4: Planning to import winegrapes or grape products into your state for #V20?  Biosecurity regulations exist for both the importer and exporter. Contact your state biosecurity department for help. #Vinehealth

What is biosecurity?

Biosecurity is a system to reduce the risk of entry, establishment and spread of pests, diseases and weeds that threaten the economy and environment. It’s also a system for managing and recovering from an incursion of a pest and disease by minimising its impact through eradication, containment and ongoing asset protection. Biosecurity is a shared responsibility – we need to work collaboratively.

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