Group Logistics Pty Limited acquired the MaxiCut Rejuvenation System in 2016 to assist with the growing demand for eutypa control and to provide an efficient solution to vine disease.
Operated by GLOG Viticulture, the MaxiCut process is a rewarding investment for vineyard owners through the application of a cost effective, unique and innovative approach to rejuvenate vines using strong hydraulic vine shears.
The system has been proven effective in the removal of eutypa, as well as the conversion to cane pruning and the art of grafting.
Eutypa is prevalent in many vineyards throughout Australia and when left untreated, will reduce fruit yield and quality over time.
MaxiCut is a dedicated management program that has delivered superb results, demonstrating a 30-100% increase in fruit production, even within the first year!
The strong, hydraulic shears are easily manoeuvrable with weightless, ergonomic movement, cutting through the toughest vines and strongest wires with ease.
MaxiCut provides a holistic end to end program, from vine rejuvenation, wound application, rewiring, clean-up, pruning and the process of training water shoots in order to replace the diseased vine.
Using the MaxiCut system is ensuring vineyard owners are proactively protecting their greatest asset from vine disease.
CONVERSION TO CANE PRUNING
Many vineyard owners are deciding to transition from spur to cane pruning due to a number of reasons.
As a result, a high number of growers are achieving healthier vines and a higher production rate.
Eutypa dieback is a major trunk disease in vineyards. The fungus grows slowly, causing stunted shoots and progressively killing spurs, cordons and trunks and eventually the entire vine.
MaxiCut provides a solution to eutypa control, removing disease over a 1-2 stage process.
Grafting, also known as budding, is the process of converting one variety to another by inserting the bud of the new variety into the trunk of the old variety.
For this to be done, the vine must be cut back at the trunk which will allow the nutrients and energy to pump into the new shoot system once grafted.
Removing old wood from the vine by cutting back the cordons and replacing with new canes will result in a major increase in sap flow, fruit quality and production.
REMOVE OLD WOOD
(REJUVENATION PROCESS MAY VARY DEPENDING ON THE RE-WORK METHOD REQUIRED)
There are various reasons why you may decide to rejuvenate your vineyard.
Whether it's to remove old wood to increase sap flow, eutypa control, grafting, or simply just to convert to cane pruning, we'll listen to your requirements, tailor a program and walk you through every step of the way, ensuring a smooth rejuvenation process.
Within 24 hours after the cuts have been made, the wounds must be dressed to ensure disease does not re-enter the vine through the open wound.
We apply Vinevax. An effective and natural fungus Trichoderma, formulated to support colonisation of fresh re-worked and pruning wounds, proven to protect your vines from disease, even after 12 months.
After the rejuvenated cordons or trunks have been pulled out of the trellis and placed into the middle of the row, the vine claw will then collect the rubbish before placing it into a rubbish pile.
We ensure that no rubbish has been left behind by carrying out a second clean up by hand.
The rubbish pile will then be disposed of as requested by the vineyard owner and depending on current council regulations.
Re-wiring will be completed before we can begin to prune or train the vines.
This will include wire running, stapling, straining and tightening/securing the wires.
Cane pruning begins with the careful selection of strong and healthy canes.
The remaining canes will be cut and the wounds dressed, followed by trimming, wrapping/arching and tying.
During the 2-stage rejuvenation process, we will begin to replace the old vine by selecting a strong, healthy and well positioned water shoot which will be top tied and trained to the wire to eventually replace the old, diseased vine.
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Oparina is a vineyard in the South East of South Australia, producing high quality red fruit into the market. The oldest plantings have been in decline for 5 or more years, due to training cordons too tightly to the wire in the early years, causing dieback of arms, as well as the effects of eutypa.
These blocks, being high grade blocks, were too valuable to pull out and start again, with the added difficulty of having to deal with rock that would come to the surface with vine removal, and so reworking was the preferred option.
We have begun a program with the MaxiCut System to cut through the cordons using the MaxiCut machinery and train new trunks and cordons from developing watershoots, thus still maintaining fruit production throughout the years of training. After cutting of the cordons, we lay down new canes to carry the fruit for the year, while the watershoots are trained onto our new cordon wire.
We have seen our yields increase by up to 100% in this first year. Once our watershoots have developed, in approximately two years, we are able to cut out the main trunk and train the new vine to the wire. Use of eutypa protecting sprays is important when all cuts are made to protect the vine from reinfection.
I have been most impressed with the MaxiCut system and the knowledge that John and his team freely impart to enable this system of reworking. The teams are efficient, clean and professional with their work.
The greatest benefit that I can see from this system for our vineyard is that we can still continually produce fruit, in fact higher yields, while training up our new vines.
We have used GLOG’s MaxiCut service for our vineyard rejuvenation for the last 2 years. It has been a great way for us to fast track our works on old permanent arm blocks and still get a crop in the same year.
Our vines have responded incredibly well to this method. Their service is reliable, fast, and the machinery used has very low impact on the soil and is great value for money with excellent attention to detail. The team are great to work with. Would highly recommend.
The MaxiCut Machine by Group Logistics has been a great solution for reworking a rootstock vineyard.
This is the fourth season of them reworking a block for us and has worked really well.
John and the team have been great to deal with and endeavour to do the job you require.