When it comes to tractors and grape harvesters John Owen has a wealth of expertise and experience. John is the National Vineyards Maintenance Coordinator for Treasury Wine Estates and looks after a fleet of around one hundred and seventy tractors, thirty grape harvesters, and other plant to manage eight thousand hectares of vineyards in Australia.
John was nominated for the 2015 Viticulturist of the Year Award for developing a 5 row, split system direct injection sprayer which improves efficiency by 40% and reduces total chemical applied by targeting separate parts of the canopy/bunch zone.
Its easy to see that innovation and technological advances in vineyard equipment are John’s driving passion.
The Viticulturist of the Year Award is sponsored by Bayer CropScience and recognises that great wines start in the vineyard and that good vineyard management results in the sustainable and efficient production of high quality, wine product targeted, grapes.
This award honours an outstanding ASVO viticulturist involved in the development of a novel and significant Australian viticultural innovation or introduction of a novel viticultural practice over the previous five years.
The winner will receive a prize valued at over $1000 including registration for The 16th AWITC & TE 2016, an engraved crystal decanter, and a framed award certificate.
Winners will be announced during the award presentation evening at Carrick Hill, following the ASVO Adelaide Seminar – Earlier, shorter, hotter; managing compressed vintages on Thursday 19th November.
Bayer CropScience is one of the world’s leading innovative crop science companies in the areas of seeds, crop protection and non-agricultural pest control. The company offers an outstanding range of products including high value seeds, innovative crop protection solutions based on chemical and biological modes of action as well as an extensive service backup for modern, sustainable agriculture. In the area of non-agricultural applications, Bayer CropScience has a broad portfolio of products and services to control pests from home and garden to forestry applications.It is structured into six operational business units: four regional units for the Crop Protection business plus the Seeds and Environmental Science units.