Over the course of this year, we were privileged to take part in demonstration trials funded by Wine Australia, evaluating alternative weed control measures undervine in vineyards compared to current practices.
Satusteam was applied using a Sumo (SW2800) travelling at 1km/hr, with two – three steam treatments 4 weeks apart.
Other alternative measures examined were acetic acid, pine oil, flame and mulch.
Unsurprisingly, our Satusteam treatment was one of the only options which didn’t impact soil chemistry in some way. This is something we already knew from our own experience, and a recent study by Hort Innovation.
What was surprising, was the cost/hectare comparison chart. (all prices given are in Australian Dollars)