Grape production in Australia has evolved dramatically over the last 30 years. As global research has progressed so too has our understanding of how to GrapeVines take up and assimilate nutrients at different stages of the crop cycle.
By carefully analysing soil data and combining that with an indepth understanding of plant nutrient flows and then understanding the desired outcomes from this season’s crop, we can create a Nutrient Management program that will deliver superior outcomes.
Throughout the season we may amend the program as required based on Differential Sap Analysis data to ensure we minimise input costs, whilst delivering maximum outcomes.
Testing the soil is the starting point. We use an independent soil testing service which provides comprehensive test data presented in a format that is very easy to read and understand. This test includes a number of parameters not included in other tests. If you already have recent tests from another laboratory, we can process these in our audit program and prepare a recommendation. Wherever possible we like to have more comprehensive data, as it gives the necessary detailed information which makes the analysis process far more accurate.
We then work with you to create a totally customised soil and plant nutrient program for the season ahead. This can be to address a specific problem or an ongoing program that will keep your soil healthy and provide optimum yield and profitability year to year.
We manufacture a custom nutrient blend, which is determined from the results of the soil analysis, into a specifically designed carbon base, complemented with a unique combination of bacterial inoculants and microbial bio-stimulants that are designed to increase root system vigour and nutrient availability.
The Hybrid-Ag Leaf Sap Analysis is unique in Australia. The Differential Leaf Sap Analysis (DSA) is a new testing method which can be likened to a human blood test, that reports nutrient levels in the vine in near real time. It can highlight nutritional deficiencies, movements and excesses, often 2-4 weeks before standard tissue or ash tests can. By analysing leaf samples from both old leaves and new leaves it is possible to track movement and translocation of different nutrients throughout the plant, providing deep insights and more accurate nutrient application recommendations throughout the growing season.
Using the best research and in season Differential Sap Analysis data, we create a unique nutrient program made from proprietary nutrient blends that ensure the strongest possible flowering whilst also enabling the plant to maximise cell division.
Using data from the Differential Leaf Sap Analysis (DSA) results in Step 5, we build targeted nutritional foliar and fertigation applications that support the production of high quality bunches, fruit and colour development.
Post-Harvest Applications of specific products designed to prepare the vine for dormancy and store up reserves of nutrients for a powerful start to the following season.