Thursday, April 21, 2011

New Organic Phosphorous and Calcium Fertiliser released.

This fertiliser, Prolong looks very useful as an alternative to Single Super Phosphate (SSP).

Incitec Pivot Fertilisers (IPF) has released its Prolong fertiliser which is certified for organic input by NASAA (The National Association for Sustainable Agriculture, Australia Ltd.).

Prolong is bioactive phosphate fertiliser providing 10.0% P and 30.0% Ca.

Prolong is now available in one-tonne non-returnable bags from the Geelong Primary Distribution Centre (PDC).

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Media Muddle - Is it the best or worst vintage?

One of my personal pet hates is the constant drone of winery publicity relations proclaiming it to be the best ever. This season we have had also had of chorus of media proclamations stating it is the worst vintage ever.

What is truth and what is fiction?

My thoughts are on the Lazy Ballerina Website.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

1980's Tintara Winery


The Tintara winery, then owned and operated by Thomas Hardy and Sons in 1986 with Pedlers Creek in flood.

This photo is taken from the old trainline looking north from approximately directly behind what is now Hilton Electrical.

Monday, April 11, 2011

McLaren Vale Fruit Packers Building c. 1979/1980

From Andrew Tuck's records this is a classic photo of the Main Street of McLaren Vale thirty years ago. Andrew's family had just purchased the hardware store. Notice the small Caltex petrol station on the far left.  Note also that the fruit packers building is of a larger size than it is today. Part of the building was demolished to expand the petrol station.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Spotlight Plus Herbicide has new registrations.

Spotlight Plus is now registered for desuckering in olives, prunes and as a general desuckering agent in tree fruit and nuts and assorted tropical and sub tropical fruit crops. This is in addition to being registered for weed control.

Please contact DJ's agronomy team for more information. 

The new label is attached for your reference.
Spotlight Plus (RLP 49466) 23-03-11

Friday, April 8, 2011

Introducing Fulvic and Humic Acid

DJ's now have Fulvic and Humic acid available. These are sources of organic carbon and can also be important in a strategy to combat soil salinity.

Fulvic Acid can be used as a foliar spray or as a buffer with herbicides to lessen their impact on soil biota.
We Knowdjsfulvic

Humic Acid is ideal as a soil amendment. We Knowdjshumic

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Grapevine Slippery Skins - UPDATE 6/4/2011

Severe Botrytis is affecting grapevine skins. Many vineyards remaining to be picked have 'slippery skins.' These slippery skins are caused by internal Botrytis infections, aided by the disease's enzymes.

Botrytis produces enzymes that breaks down berry skins (left).

Many vineyards are reporting fruit falling off in front of the harvester because of this type of Botrytis infection. Unfortunately their is little that can be done to save fruit once high levels of botrytis breaks down the berry skin.