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Managing soil salinity in groundwater irrigated vineyards

Final Report

We combined samples taken during the project with those taken a decade ago to assess whether annual cycles of saline high SAR irrigation in summer and non-saline low SAR rain in winter had caused an increase in soil sodicity and salinity. Above average winter rain in 2011 reclaimed sodic and saline soils. This indicated that any change in soil structure wrought by a decade of these cycles was not yet a significant impediment to leaching of salts and (more)...

  • Publication
  • Final Report
  • 2012
  • Product code NPSI1212
  • National Program for Sustainable Irrigation
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Guidelines for Managing Soil Structure in Irrigated Vineyards

Update

Good soil structure is essential for healthy, resilient plants because it allows them to develop extensive, active root systems. This promotes efficient use of water and nutrients, encourages biological activity and cushions plants against drought and other hardship.

The general perception of a soil with good structure is that it is well-drained, easy to penetrate and crumbles readily into aggregates of about 1-10 mm that remain intact when they are wet.

  • Publication
  • Guides and Manuals
  • 2010
  • Product code NPSI2311
  • National Program for Sustainable Irrigation
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Subsoil structure in irrigated Australian vineyards

Research Bulletin

Good soil structure is essential for healthy, resilient plants because it allows them to develop extensive, active root systems. This promotes efficient use of water and nutrients, encourages biological activity and buffers plants against drought and other hardship. It is a neglected, but vital component of soil fertility.

  • Publication
  • Report
  • 2011
  • Product code NPSI2211
  • National Program for Sustainable Irrigation
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Long Term Sustainability of Precision Irrigation - Vineyards

Case Study

This case study looks at improving water use efficiency and earlier flavour ripeness in the vineyard.

  • Publication
  • Case Study
  • 2011
  • Product code NPSI2011
  • National Program for Sustainable Irrigation
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Managing Soil Salinity for Wine Quality Groundwater Irrigated Vineyards

Case Study

This case study looks at root zone and salinity monitoring and the potential impact of seasonal conditions on vineyard production.

  • Publication
  • Case Study
  • 2011
  • Product code NPSI1911
  • National Program for Sustainable Irrigation
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Root Zone Water, Salinity & Nutrient Management Under Precision Irrigation Project

Case Study

This case study looks at how to retain fertilisers in the 30cm soil zone in vineyards.

  • Publication
  • Case Study
  • 2011
  • Product code NPSI1511
  • National Program for Sustainable Irrigation
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Long Term Sustainability of Precision Irrigation

Milestone 9 Final Report

This report details the research identifying the causes and the decline of soil structure under irrigation drippers in the Barossa Valley vineyards. Irrigated vineyards in Australia have seen extensive adoption of drip irrigation. At the start of this project there was concern about the sustainability of drip irrigation based on previous field observations. Drip irrigation conserves water but the concentrated nature of its application was believed to cause serious soil structural (more)...

  • Publication
  • Milestone Report
  • 2010
  • Product code NPSI810
  • National Program for Sustainable Irrigation
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Measuring the effects of improving water use efficiency on root zone salinity

Research Bulletin 1

Since the end of 2003 a tri-state syndicate of government agencies from western NSW, Victoria and South Australia has been working on a strategy to manage this salinity hazard.

This Research Bulletin draws on some of the findings to date, focusing on results of monitoring root zone salinity and deep drainage in sprinkler and drip-irrigated citrus orchards and vineyards.

  • Publication
  • Report
  • 2005
  • Product code PF050992
  • National Program for Sustainable Irrigation
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