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Psa-V spring update meeting
3 September 2015
More than 100 growers attended yesterday’s Psa-V spring update meeting in Te Puke. Key messages from for the upcoming season: Signs of Psa-V are appearing in all affected regions and in...
Psa-V spring update meeting
3 September 2015

More than 100 growers attended yesterday’s Psa-V spring update meeting in Te Puke.

Key messages from for the upcoming season:

  • Signs of Psa-V are appearing in all affected regions and in all varieties - a colder, wetter autumn and winter is a contributor.
  • El Nino weather system has established in the Pacific and likely to continue with potential for a dry summer.
  • Likely to experience a wetter, windier spring until December.
  • Product rates and use conditions are confirmed in the latest Psa-V Seasonal Management Guide now available on the KVH website.
  • Industry must demonstrate it is using a combination of control practices – protective spray programmes and orchard cultural practices.
  • Bactericide products, KeyStrepto™ and Kasumin® are available for the upcoming season with strict use conditions, including the requirement to complete an Orchard Psa IPM Strategy (OPIS) document and submit to Zespri by 1 October 2015. Click here for further information.
  • Streptomycin resistance and copper tolerance is a focus this season – growers and contractors should be using label rates to help avoid resistance and tolerance developing. See KVH Best Practice Advice: Management to limit resistance to Psa control products on the KVH website.

Growers were also presented with a technical update on streptomycin resistance and management of bud-rot in green varieties through a 30-day pre-flowering girdle.

Key messages about pre-flowering girdling:

  • Pre-flower girdles can aid in the control of bud rot in green varieties
  • Apply 30 days before flowering for Hayward and Green14
  • Single blade knife girdles and half girdles don’t work
  • Girdles need to be done to correct depth
  • Use as part of an integrated Psa control programme

 A video of the meeting will be available on the KVH website within the next 24 hours.

Mandatory monitoring - reporting due 31 October
3 September 2015
Annual mandatory monitoring for growers in Exclusion and Containment regions and also ‘Not Detected’ orchards in Recovery regions is required to be carried out between 15 September and 15...
Mandatory monitoring - reporting due 31 October
3 September 2015

Annual mandatory monitoring for growers in Exclusion and Containment regions and also ‘Not Detected’ orchards in Recovery regions is required to be carried out between 15 September and 15 October with reporting due to KVH by 31 October 2015.

An online reporting tool is available on the KVH website, allowing growers to submit monitoring results directly to KVH. Click here to access this tool and for more information about mandatory monitoring requirements in your region.

Virus found in kiwifruit vines classified as non-regulated
3 September 2015
In May 2014 a plant virus in the family Betaflexiviridae was detected in kiwifruit vines held in Post Entry Quarantine (PEQ). MPI investigated this detection and concluded that the organism presents...
Virus found in kiwifruit vines classified as non-regulated
3 September 2015

In May 2014 a plant virus in the family Betaflexiviridae was detected in kiwifruit vines held in Post Entry Quarantine (PEQ). MPI investigated this detection and concluded that the organism presents a low to zero biosecurity risk and have classified it as non-regulated organism (meaning it is not under official control).

Testing of plant material imported from the same region in China indicated the virus was present in historically imported seed possibly going back as far as 1996.

Some plants released to Plant & Food Research (PFR) in Te Puke from the same import permit tested positive for Betaflexiviridae. However, wider testing on other PFR operations in Motueka and Kerikeri, where plants were sourced from similar origins, tested negative.

KVH and PFR have worked alongside MPI in this investigation and jointly funded a significant amount of research to better understand the organism, its distribution and means of spread.

A small number of plants known to be infected with Betaflexiviridae have been removed.

A fact sheet on Betaflexiviridae is available on the KVH website here.
 

Psa-V Orchard Management Plans
3 September 2015
Spring is a good time to review your existing Psa-V Orchard Management Plan to ensure it’s up to date with the latest Psa-V management practices you are implementing on your orchard. An...
Psa-V Orchard Management Plans
3 September 2015

Spring is a good time to review your existing Psa-V Orchard Management Plan to ensure it’s up to date with the latest Psa-V management practices you are implementing on your orchard.

An updated Orchard Management Plan must be available with other GAP records as part of the GAP audit process.

Online templates to assist growers with their Psa-V Orchard Management Plans are available on the KVH website here.

Stink bug season commences
3 September 2015
September marks the beginning of Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) season. Between now and the end of April one of kiwifruit’s Most Unwanted pests is at high-risk of entering New Zealand and...
Stink bug season commences
3 September 2015

September marks the beginning of Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) season. Between now and the end of April one of kiwifruit’s Most Unwanted pests is at high-risk of entering New Zealand and growers are urged to keep an eye out for this pest this season.

The BMSB is a hitchhiker pest and likely to enter New Zealand’s border on inanimate objects such as shipping containers, passenger luggage and express freight or courier items.

Improved public surveillance and early detection is the best chance of keeping it out and ensuring it does not establish in New Zealand.

Distinguishing characteristics

  • 15-17mm in length
  • Striped bands on antennae
  • Striped bands on abdomen

If you suspect you have found a BMSB, catch it and call the MPI pest and disease hotline on 0800 80 99 66.
 

2015-16 Seasonal Management Guide - NOW AVAILABLE
31 August 2015
The Psa-V Seasonal Management Guide for 2015-16 is now available on the KVH website. Growers should have also received the Wall Planner version through the post. Click on the links below to...
2015-16 Seasonal Management Guide - NOW AVAILABLE
31 August 2015

The Psa-V Seasonal Management Guide for 2015-16 is now available on the KVH website.

Growers should have also received the Wall Planner version through the post.

Click on the links below to access the new seasonal management material.


 

Time lapse video captures spring Psa-V infection
20 August 2015
Matt Ryan from DMS Progrowers set up a time-lapse in spring 2014 to capture the expression of sepal browning and leaf spot in Hayward kiwifruit.  The plant in the time-lapse is an untreated...
Time lapse video captures spring Psa-V infection
20 August 2015

Matt Ryan from DMS Progrowers set up a time-lapse in spring 2014 to capture the expression of sepal browning and leaf spot in Hayward kiwifruit.  The plant in the time-lapse is an untreated control vine as part of a research trial.

It is interesting to see the timing of infection in relation to rainfall as well as the severity of symptom expression in what was largely seen as a low pressure season. This visualisation is a reminder of what spring can bring.

Crop protection products available this season will be discussed at the upcoming industry meeting.

Click here to watch the time-lapse video.

Spring Psa industry meeting - Wed 2 September
20 August 2015
Growers are encouraged to attend the spring Psa industry meeting to keep up to date with the latest R&D, Psa orchard management and recommendations for managing product resistance. When:...
Spring Psa industry meeting - Wed 2 September
20 August 2015

Growers are encouraged to attend the spring Psa industry meeting to keep up to date with the latest R&D, Psa orchard management and recommendations for managing product resistance.

  • When:     Wednesday 2 September, 3-5pm
  • Where:    Orchard Church, 20 Macloughlin Drive, Te Puke
  • RSVP:    info@kvh.org.nz 

Presenters are Barry O’Neil (KVH), Joel Vanneste (Plant & Food Research), Elaine Gould and Greg Clark (Zespri).

Key topics covered:

  • Regional Psa update
  • Update on streptomycin resistance
  • Spring spray programme
  • Use conditions for KeyStrepto™ and Kasumin®
  • Best practice to reduce resistance/tolerance developing
  • Innovation update
  • Spring girdling – males/females and best timing
  • Product testing update
  • Q&A session

Tea and coffee available from 2.30pm and following the meeting

Not detected orchards
20 August 2015
To ensure KVH statistics are accurate, growers and Psa managers of ‘not detected’ orchards in recovery regions are asked to verify their orchard Psa-V status and update KVH if this has...
Not detected orchards
20 August 2015

To ensure KVH statistics are accurate, growers and Psa managers of ‘not detected’ orchards in recovery regions are asked to verify their orchard Psa-V status and update KVH if this has changed.

Recovery region and no. of not detected orchards

  • Katikati - 63
  • Tauranga - 47
  • Waikato - 26
  • Opotiki - 18
  • Coromandel - 15
  • Franklin - 15
Psa-V Seasonal Management Guide for 2015-16
20 August 2015
The Psa-V Seasonal Management Guide for 2015-16 is being finalised and will be available on the KVH website next week. Growers will also receive the Wall Planner version through the post. The Psa-V...
Psa-V Seasonal Management Guide for 2015-16
20 August 2015

The Psa-V Seasonal Management Guide for 2015-16 is being finalised and will be available on the KVH website next week. Growers will also receive the Wall Planner version through the post.

The Psa-V Seasonal Management Guide outlines best practice for managing Psa-V and updated product rates and use conditions for the coming season.

KVH has also developed a document: Best Practice Advice—Management to limit resistance to Psa-V control products. This Guide will be enclosed in the grower mail-out and will also be available on the KVH website from next week.

 

MPI moves to further tighten passenger pathway
20 August 2015
MPI has firmed up details about how they will spend new biosecurity funding under Budget 2015 and there will be a raft of new measures to make it harder for air passengers to bring risk goods into...
MPI moves to further tighten passenger pathway
20 August 2015

MPI has firmed up details about how they will spend new biosecurity funding under Budget 2015 and there will be a raft of new measures to make it harder for air passengers to bring risk goods into New Zealand. This includes trials to test 100% x-raying of arriving baggage, more dogs and mobile x-ray machines.

The trial of 100% x-raying will test its effectiveness in conjunction with the improved border measures, and help MPI understand the logistical challenges involved. Recent statistics on the warnings and fines issued to passengers highlighted the enduring biosecurity threat posed at the border by passengers.

Read more about MPI’s border updates here.

Spring brings stirrings of Psa-V
20 August 2015
KVH has just completed a monitoring round of Gold3 and Hayward vines across the Bay of Plenty, including orchards from Maketu, Edgecumbe, Waihi and Opotiki. Cane dieback and fresh exudate (often...
Spring brings stirrings of Psa-V
20 August 2015

KVH has just completed a monitoring round of Gold3 and Hayward vines across the Bay of Plenty, including orchards from Maketu, Edgecumbe, Waihi and Opotiki.

Cane dieback and fresh exudate (often from multiple points) were obvious on many male vines and some female vines. Reports of similar symptoms have been received from Waikato and Katikati orchards.

  • Click here to view symptoms found across the region.

With spring around the corner, growers are advised to carefully monitor areas of their orchards where they have had symptoms in the past.
Information on Psa-V management will be covered in the upcoming spring Psa industry meeting on Wednesday 2 September.
 

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