Video | Business Headlines | Internet | Science | Scientific Ethics | Technology | Search


Vineyard mulch findings released

Vineyard mulch findings released

HortResearch has released its findings from four years of research on vineyard mulching in Marlborough. The results of its experiments are presented in a booklet, "Mulch for Sustainable Production."

Scientists, Rob Agnew and Dion Mundy, concluded that the key benefits from using mulch in vineyards were: soil moisture retention; nutrient release; weed suppression and increases in yeast available nitrogen in grape juice. Other positive effects were increases in soil organic matter, soil temperature buffering and soil fungi population.

Rob Agnew said, "The viticulture industry is proactive in looking for sustainable solutions and other industries in the area were keen to reuse by-products that would otherwise go into landfills. The aim of the mulch trials was to retain moisture, reduce spray usage, minimise waste and improve soil and plant heath."

The trials began at four Marlborough vineyard sites in early 1999 using grafted Sauvignon Blanc vines. The major difference between the four sites was soil type.

The booklet, which was produced for the Marlborough District Council, is being launched tomorrow (17 December) at Montana's Brancott Winery in Blenheim.

A copy of the booklet can be viewed on from Wednesday.

© Scoop Media

Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines


Nurofen Promotion: Reckitt Benckiser To Plead Guilty To Misleading Ads

Reckitt Benckiser (New Zealand) intends to plead guilty to charges of misleading consumers over the way it promoted a range of Nurofen products, the Commerce Commission says. More>>


Half A Billion Accounts: Yahoo Confirms Huge Data Breach

The account information may have included names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth, hashed passwords (the vast majority with bcrypt) and, in some cases, encrypted or unencrypted security questions and answers. More>>

Rural Branches: Westpac To Close 19 Branches, ANZ Looks At 7

Westpac confirms it will close nineteen branches across the country; ANZ closes its Ngaruawahia branch and is consulting on plans to close six more branches; The bank workers union says many of its members are nervous about their futures and asking ... More>>

Interest Rates: RBNZ's Wheeler Keeps OCR At 2%

Reserve Bank governor Graeme Wheeler kept the official cash rate at 2 percent and said more easing will be needed to get inflation back within the target band. More>>


Half Full: Fonterra Raises Forecast Payout As Global Supply Shrinks

Fonterra Cooperative Group, the dairy processor which will announce annual earnings tomorrow, hiked its forecast payout to farmers by 50 cents per kilogram of milk solids as global supply continues to decline, helping prop up dairy prices. More>>



Meat Trade: Silver Fern Farms Gets Green Light For Shanghai Maling Deal

The government has given the green light for China's Shanghai Maling Aquarius to acquire half of Silver Fern Farms, New Zealand's biggest meat company, with ministers satisfied it will deliver "substantial and identifiable benefit". More>>


Get More From Scoop

Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news