The CSIRO along with the South Australian Research and Development Institute will be conducting research to determine whether the use of sprinklers can counteract winter drought for grape growers.
The experiment will employ drip irrigation systems that will be used to simulate different levels of winter rainfall according to ABC News.
Viticulture scientist Michael McCarthy believes that growers may need to install costly microjet watering systems in favour of drip irrigation methods. He believes that drip irrigation is not as effective at reaching the root system and subsequently will not compensate for a dry winter.
“It would need more water and the benefit cost of both fitting microjet and also the added cost of the extra water you might need that’s all got to be determined and that’s also going to have to go through a whole cost benefit analysis,” he said.
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