SATI Drought Seminars: Western Cape
On Thursday, 28 September 2017 SATI hosted drought seminars in 3 of the table grape production regions in the Western Cape most affected by the drought. The seminars focused on the state of water supply as well as practical tools and tips for producers to use during the drought.
You can find presentations of the speakers below as well as a special edition of the SATI Technical Bulletin Special Edition on Dealing with drought and water stress:
State of water supply: Western Cape
State of Water Resources - John Roberts, National Department of Water and Sanition, on the state of water resources in the Western Cape and long term plans to manage the available resources.
Soil and irrigation management: How to improve water use efficiency?
Dr Phillip Myburgh, an irrigation specialist from the Agricultural Research Council (ARC), on why efficient irrigation water use is critical for the table grape industry?
- Water resources are generally limited in most grape growing regions, and inconsistent rainfall causes periodic droughts.
- This scenario may worsen if climate change reduces rainfall and increases air temperature.
FruitLook - Supporting Efficient Farming
Caren Jarmain from the Universit of Stellenbosch gives an overview of the sattelite technology that allows farmers to look at growth, water and nitrogen on their farms by use of this application.
Waterverbruik van tafeldruiwe: Wingerd, spuitaktiwiteite, pakstoor
Eunice Avenant, Sati Education Manager and lecturer at Stellenbosch University as well as researcher looks at the water use footprint in the vineyard and packhouse. Watervoetspoor van Wingerd en Pakhuis - E. Avenant
Technical Bulletin - Dealing with drought and water stress
This SATI Technical Bulletin is a summary of presentations delivered by local and international speakers at the 2017 SASEV WineTech symposium in a session sponsored by SATI.
Other sources of information:
Institute for Grape and Wine Sciences guideline document on Management of grapevines during drought periods.