PIRSA recovery hotline 1800 931 314

Vineyard and orchard recovery after a bushfire

Immediate vineyard and orchard management after a bushfire

Call the PIRSA animal and agricultural services hotline if you have questions or need immediate help.

PIRSA animal and agricultural services hotline: 1800 255 556

When it’s safe, inspect your vineyards or orchards after a bushfire to see how plants have been affected. When inspecting your property you should consider:

  1. Assessing the damage

    Fire damage in vineyards and orchards can affect trees in different ways, from scorched leaves to totally dead plants. It is important to adequately assess how your plants have been affected before deciding on a path of action.

    For plants that are still alive it is important to make sure irrigation infrastructure is working as soon as possible to minimise further damage.

  2. How essential infrastructure should be repaired

    If your power is out, check when it is expected to be back on. You may wish to consider whether sourcing a mobile generator is necessary.

    If there are burnt or melted pipes, review what repairs are needed and order the necessary pipes from your local irrigation store.

  3. Reporting and disposal of burnt infrastructure

    It is important to properly dispose of burnt or melted infrastructure. Call PIRSA’s bushfire hotline on 1800 255 556. We can determine how much infrastructure needs disposing as part of our assessment of agricultural impacts following a fire.

Vineyards

If your vineyard is registered with Vinehealth, PIRSA will contact you to help with assessment and recovery.

Orchards

If you’re registered with the Apple and Pear Growers Association, PIRSA will contact you to help with assessment and recovery.

Ongoing vineyard and orchard management

PIRSA recovery hotline: 1800 931 314

The PIRSA recovery hotline is available to primary producers looking for information and assistance on recovery after a bushfire. This includes information on grants and other support available.

Support for wine grape growers

Learn about support available to grape growers affected by the 2019–20 SA bushfires.

Industry bodies

Apple and Pear Growers Association of South Australia

To be kept up to date on issues facing apple and pear growers, contact the Apple and Pear Growers of South Australia:

Adelaide Hills Wine Region Inc.

Adelaide Hills Wine Region (AHWR) membership is open to wine producers and grape growers who contribute to the Adelaide Hills Wine Industry Fund and other businesses.

Cherry Growers Association of South Australia

Visit the Cherry Growers Association of South Australia website.

Agriculture Kangaroo Island (AgKI)

AgKI represents primary producers on Kangaroo Island.

Call the Executive Officer, Darren Keenan on 0428 716 330 or visit the AgKI website at https://agki.com.au/

Grower information – recovering vineyards and orchards after a fire

The following organisations and businesses presented at the industry recovery meeting on 2 January 2020. They may be able to help you with the recovery of your orchards and vineyards. Their information is provided without endorsement.

Australian Wine Research Institute (AWRI)

The AWRI has a free and confidential helpdesk available to grape growers and winemakers needing advice on technical issues. Contact the AWRI helpdesk:

AWRI Smoke taint assessment

The AWRI offers a range of services to assess levels of smoke taint prior to harvest.

The University of Adelaide

Read about Associate Professor Cassandra Collins' research: ‘An observational study into the recovery of grapevines following a bushfire (PDF 2.7 MB)’.

DJs Growers

James Hook from DJs Growers can help with analysis of burnt trees and vines, and supply satellite imagery and mapping of damaged blocks.

Mt Bera Vineyards

Greg Horner from Mt Bera Vineyards presented his experience regenerating his Gumeracha vineyard after the Sampson Flat fire. Access the case study and podcast about the vineyard recovery at Mt Bera Winery.

Lenswood Co-op

Paul James from the Lenswood Co-op is offering one-on-one technical advice to tree fruit growers. Contact Paul:

You can find some useful information co-published by Paul about recovery from fire damage in fruit orchards.

More information

Page Last Reviewed: 22 Jan 2020
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