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Vineyard experimentation in Australia: motivations, approaches and implications for change


Song, X and Evans, K and Kumar, S and Bramley, R, Vineyard experimentation in Australia: motivations, approaches and implications for change, OFE2021 Book of Abstracts, 13-15 October 2021, Montpellier, France / Online (2021) [Conference Extract]

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Experimentation is important for farmers to sustain and improve farming businesses. We interviewed 35 grape growers and 8 viticultural consultants across Australia to investigate why and how experiments are conducted during grape production, the perceived value of current approaches and opportunities for change. The interviewees conduct experiments, often over several seasons, to learn about alternative practices, to gain knowledge, to enhance confidence in changing practice, and to solve problems. Trial approaches are diverse. Growers value conclusive, robust results for confident decision-making; however, they are constrained by available time, labour and lack of efficient, objective measurement of crop responses. Spatial variability in land is viewed as a contributor to non-uniform fruit yield and composition and recognised as a factor confounding trial results. Growers’ desire for robust results and challenges related to variability suggest a need for efficient approaches that incorporate spatial information and generate more useful information for more confident decision-making.

Item Details

Item Type:Conference Extract
Keywords:vineyard trial experiment on-farm grape grower
Research Division:Agricultural, Veterinary and Food Sciences
Research Group:Horticultural production
Research Field:Oenology and viticulture
Objective Division:Plant Production and Plant Primary Products
Objective Group:Industrial crops
Objective Field:Wine grapes
UTAS Author:Song, X (Miss Xinxin Song)
UTAS Author:Evans, K (Professor Katherine Evans)
UTAS Author:Kumar, S (Ms Saideepa Kumar)
UTAS Author:Bramley, R (Dr Robert Bramley)
ID Code:149937
Year Published:2021
Deposited By:TIA - Research Institute
Deposited On:2022-05-01
Last Modified:2022-05-10

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