Best orchard practices require growers to have a good monitoring strategy in place for early detection of Psa-V symptoms. Spring and Autumn are considered higher risk infection periods. Growers are strongly encouraged to regularly monitor their orchards and report suspicious findings to their packhouse Psa manager or KVH. Absence of obvious symptoms does not necessarily mean absence of Psa-V. Even if no symptoms are found, continue with regular monitoring. Identifying any changes in the level or degree of symptoms is key to rapid response in the event of an incursion.
KVH encourages all growers to be vigilant about reporting Psa-V symptoms. If any suspicious symptoms are found, growers should immediately contact their packhouse Psa manager or KVH to confirm the symptoms are typical of Psa-V. The packhouse Psa manager will then organise sampling and testing.
Growers of all kiwifruit varieties should be monitoring their orchards for Psa-V symptoms regularly.
One page best-practice summary
KVH has developed a simple, one-page annual monitoring guide. This guide is an excellent 'year-round' reference tool for growers and includes important information including what to look for, key risk factors and grower actions.