Viticare on farm trial manuals

Manual 1 On Farm Trial

  • Establishing an On Farm Trial
  • Traditional On Farm Trial Design
Manual 2.1 Improving Soils 1

  • Improving soil acidity
  • Managing hard-setting and crusting of under-vine soil surface
Manual 2.2 Improving Soils 2

  • Managing soil moisture using mulches
  • Managing soil using cover crops
Manual 2.3 Irrigation

  • Regulated deficit irrigation
  • Partial rootzone drying
Manual 2.4 Pests and Diseases

  • Management of botrytis and other bunch rots
  • Rust mite management
  • Pathogenic nematode management
Manual 2.5 Vine Nutrition

  • Managing nitrogen inputs to optimise grape yield and quality
  • Detecting phosphorous response in vineyards – forms of P, application methods and rates
  • Molybdenum and other trace element vineyard trials
Manual 2.6 Canopy Management

  • Managing cropping levels to improve grape quality
  • Modifying trellising systems to improve grape quality
Manual 3.1 Measuring Fruit Quality

  • Yield
  • Average berry weight
  • Berry sampling for berry composition at harvest
  • Berry sampling for maturity assessment
  • Total soluble solids – by refractometry
  • Grape juice pH
  • Grape juice titratable acidity
  • Berry colour and phenolics
Manual 3.2 Soil Profiling

  • Soil moisture monitoring
  • Infiltration
  • Soil organic matter
  • Soil sampling
  • Earthworms
  • Soil porosity
  • Root examination
  • Soil strength
  • Soil salinity
  • Soil structure
Manual 3.3 Vine Health

  • Vine growth stage
  • Shoot growth
  • Pruning weight
  • Canopy density assessment
  • Petiole analysis
  • Measuring weed cover under vines
  • Botrytis assessment
  • Nematode assessment
  • Rust mite