Healthy Soil, Healthy Vine, Great Wine

Nov 10, 2014

Growers in the viticulture and table grape industry are invited to participate in one of two short half day workshops on the 2nd and 3rd of December in Murgon and Kingaroy.  The workshops will be focussing on understanding soil type and impacts of current irrigation practices on soil health.

Participants in the workshops will be provided with a free Soil, Water Holding Capacity and Topographical map of their farm. At each workshop, growers will look at soil types on their property and be provided with practical advice on how to calculate irrigation practices suited for the water holding capacity of that soil type. There will also be a paddock walk, a practical soil testing demonstration, and one-on-one advice from local Growcom Officer, Robert Doyle, on understanding soil testing results. 

The workshop in Murgon on the 2nd of December will involve Senior Viticulturist, Marcel Essling, from The Australian Wine Research Institute, who will talk about impacts on soil health from organic, biodynamic and conventional land management practices. Mr Essling is visiting the region to share information on an interesting Australian Government funded project called ‘Building resilience and sustainability in the grape and wine sector’.

Information on the Carbon Farming Initiative and opportunities to reduce emissions in viticulture farming systems will also be made available at these workshops.

“We’re delighted to have this opportunity to involve The Australian Wine Research Institute to find out what’s happening in the wine sector in emissions reduction and improving soil health throughout other parts of Australia. It’s going to be really interesting,” said Carbon Farming Coordinator, Michelle Haase, from the Burnett Mary Regional Group.  

Viticulture and table grape growers interested in participating and gaining the full benefits of the information that will be available by having their soil maps on hand, need to register as soon as possible with Growcom.  Growers will need to provide their farm address, Lot and Plan numbers (available on rates notices).  Register by contacting Robert Doyle on 0439 898 867 or 07 4153 2555 or email

These workshops are an initiative of the Carbon Farming Project, and a collaborative effort of Growcom and the Australian Wine Research Institute.  The Carbon Farming Project and the AWRI’s project are supported by funding from the Australian Government.  There is no cost to be involved in the workshops, except grower time to participate.

For information regarding the Carbon Farming Project or the Carbon Farming Initiative, contact Carbon Farming Coordinator, Michelle Haase on 4181 2999.


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