Is water quality affecting your vineyards?
It takes more than a thirsty market to meet success with your vineyards. To create that delicate, perfectly balanced bottle of wine, you need great grapes above all else – and great grapes start with the right growing conditions.
The viticulture industry is impacted by a number of environmental and climate conditions that can't always be controlled. As ABC reported, warm weather has caused plants to start budding early for some grape growers in WA's South West. This can cause challenges down the road if colder weather returns and threatens the health of the crop. In general, vineyards need to maximise their advantages – including their water supply and soil conditions.
Grapes are sensitive plants and require just the right soil pH and access to nutrients to thrive. Alterations in these elements can change the taste and quality of the fruit, as well as impact how large and full the plants grow.
As a grower, you know how important nutrients such as calcium, magnesium and potassium are to your crop. However, when your water is hard, it can create deposits that prevent the plants' roots from absorbing these key minerals, thereby preventing them from having a positive effect.
Instead of treating water with chemicals or acids, which can have detrimental side effects on the soil and interfere with root function, you can take advantage of Hydrosmart's water conditioning technology. This option is an effective long-term solution to improve your water quality, increase your yield and improve your fruit. It breaks down the large mineral bonds, preventing scale and making the nutrients more bio-available to your plants so they can flourish.
In addition to boosting the health of your crop, treating your water with this technology can help you overcome irrigation issues, saving you time and money in the long run. If you're regularly dealing with blocked pipes, filters, drippers and nozzles, you'll benefit from conditioned water that breaks down scale and prevents buildup. The technology also reduces corrosion, which means your irrigation infrastructure will last longer.