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South African Journal of Enology and Viticulture

On-line version ISSN 2224-7904
Print version ISSN 0253-939X


HOWELL, C.L.  and  MYBURGH, P.A.. Using Grapevine Water Status Measurements for Irrigation Scheduling of Table Grapes - A Review. S. Afr. J. Enol. Vitic. [online]. 2023, vol.44, n.1, pp.75-80. ISSN 2224-7904.

Water is becoming an increasingly scarce resource, so agriculture competes with urban and industrial needs for water. The production of table grapes with high export potential is the objective of South African producers. Vegetative growth, production, ripening aspects and quality parameters of table grapes can potentially be manipulated by means of irrigation. Consequently, it is an important management practice to help ensure economically viable table grape production. The objective for optimum irrigation scheduling should be to combine soil and plant water status measurements to calibrate grapevine water potential against reliable soil water monitoring instruments. Considering previously reported literature, poorer vegetative growth was related to lower levels of leaf water potential (ΨL). Given that berry size is a crucial aspect for yield as well as quality, it was evident that low levels of water potential can restrict berry development, thereby reducing berry size. Bunch mass was lower where there were lower levels of ΨL and pre-dawn leaf water potential (ΨΡD). Poorer yield was generally related to lower levels of ΨL experienced throughout the season. However, lower levels of ΨL in the post-véraison period did not affect grapevine yield. The juice total soluble solids (TSS) did not respond to levels of ΨL but juice total titratable acidity (TTA) was related to lower levels of ΨL. Grape colour was affected where wet soil conditions induced higher levels of ΨL as well as where dry soil conditions induced lower levels of ΨL.

Keywords : berry mass; leaf water potential; stem water potential; total diurnal water potential; vegetative growth.

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