Growers keep eyes on the sky

Table grape agronomist Enrique Rossi says the majority of growers affected by the storm should have taken precautions against fungal diseases. Picture: Carmel Zaccone

Table grape agronomist Enrique Rossi says the majority of growers affected by the storm should have taken precautions against fungal diseases. Picture: Carmel Zaccone

TABLE grape growers affected by the devastating storm nearly two weeks ago are hoping this week’s rain won’t add to their woes and create ideal conditions for fungal diseases such as downy mildew and botrytis.

Mildura received 15mm of rain in the 24 hours to 9am on Wednesday after 80 table grape growers across Cardross, Red Cliffs, and Paringi in New South Wales experienced varying degrees of damage during a 10-minute hail storm on November 11.

Table grape agronomist Enrique Rossi said he believed the majority of table grape growers who received damage to their crops and vines would have already done proper maintenance to protect them against downy mildew and botrytis.

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