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Grower News
10 December 2015
Lab testing - hours over Christmas
10 December 2015
The last day for Hill Laboratory to receive samples is Friday 18 December 2015, so please ensure any samples to be tested arrive on or before that date. Start-up date for the New Year will be...
Lab testing - hours over Christmas
10 December 2015

The last day for Hill Laboratory to receive samples is Friday 18 December 2015, so please ensure any samples to be tested arrive on or before that date.
Start-up date for the New Year will be Tuesday 5 January 2016.

Only KVH pre-arranged urgent testing will be accepted between these dates. Please call Karyn Lowry on 027 227 1157 if you require urgent testing between 18 December and 5 January 2016. Photos of symptoms will be required.

We anticipate these will only be samples from areas currently free of Psa (i.e. South Island).

Biosecurity News
4 December 2015
Queensland fruit fly eradicated from NZ
4 December 2015
The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has today announced the Auckland fruit fly eradication operation has been successful and New Zealand is once again ‘fruit fly-free’ - click here...
Queensland fruit fly eradicated from NZ
4 December 2015

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has today announced the Auckland fruit fly eradication operation has been successful and New Zealand is once again ‘fruit fly-free’ - click here for MPI's release.

Field staff cleared fruit fly traps in Grey Lynn for the final time this morning and found no signs of the Queensland Fruit Fly. The last fruit flies were found in the affected area on 7 March.

KVH has been actively involved in the response, at both a governance level and also operationally. The kiwifruit industry was also quick to make resource available to support the eradication efforts.

KVH congratulates MPI and all those involved in the response for the successful outcome; and also thanks the Grey Lynn community affected by the movement controls and the response activities. Community support during the eradication programme was essential to help achieve eradication.

This news is a huge relief to New Zealand kiwifruit growers and other horticulture industries. As kiwifruit’s ‘most unwanted’ pest, the impacts of Queensland fruit flies establishing in New Zealand would be catastrophic to NZ’s thriving horticulture industries and their ability to export. A report on the financial impact to the kiwifruit industry if Queensland Fruit Fly established in New Zealand, estimates costs of up to $430 million per year.

The risk from unwanted fruit flies remains and KVH will continue to work with MPI to ensure the risks through border entry are managed.

Biosecurity News
3 December 2015
KVH takes part in stink bug response exercise
3 December 2015
On the topic of responses, KVH took part in an all-of-government biosecurity response exercise on Wednesday to test the activation and function of the National Security System responding to a...
KVH takes part in stink bug response exercise
3 December 2015

On the topic of responses, KVH took part in an all-of-government biosecurity response exercise on Wednesday to test the activation and function of the National Security System responding to a biosecurity incursion of Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB).

As a GIA partner, KVH represented the kiwifruit industry at the decision-making table as part of the governance leadership group, ensuring risks to industry were addressed and the best outcome was achieved.

Amongst other things, the exercise highlighted how all relevant government agencies and industry can coordinate their efforts and work together to address biosecurity risks that impact across multiple sectors, the community and NZ’s environment. The exercise also increased the understanding of how GIA joint decision-making will operate in an all-of-government setting.

Grower News
26 November 2015
Male pruning
26 November 2015
Managing male vines well is a key part of safeguarding orchards against Psa infection and future-proofing pollen supply for the orchard. Where needed, more tolerant male varieties should be grafted...
Male pruning
26 November 2015

Managing male vines well is a key part of safeguarding orchards against Psa infection and future-proofing pollen supply for the orchard. Where needed, more tolerant male varieties should be grafted in and male pruning should be well supervised.

  • Remove obviously Psa infected canes and wood
  • Make the structural cuts to help promote spur growth and provide a flat, open canopy
  • Seal any large wounds with suitable sealant.
  • Maintain a gap between male and female vines
  • Carry out pruning in dry weather
  • Always maintain good tool hygiene to avoid infection transfer
  • Follow pruning rounds with a Psa-V protectant spray

Click here for KVH Best Practice Advice: Male Management

Grower News
26 November 2015
KeyStrepto and Ambitious - use period now closed
26 November 2015
Now that all kiwifruit orchards have progressed into flowering, KeyStrepto™ and Ambitious may no longer be applied. These products have been removed from the Recommended Product List for this...
KeyStrepto and Ambitious - use period now closed
26 November 2015

Now that all kiwifruit orchards have progressed into flowering, KeyStrepto™ and Ambitious may no longer be applied. These products have been removed from the Recommended Product List for this time of year.

Grower News
26 November 2015
New copper product available for conventional growers
26 November 2015
A new copper product for Psa-V protection has become available for conventional growers. AG Copp 75 (cuprous oxide) has a limited label claim and has been added to the Conventional Zespri Crop...
New copper product available for conventional growers
26 November 2015

A new copper product for Psa-V protection has become available for conventional growers. AG Copp 75 (cuprous oxide) has a limited label claim and has been added to the Conventional Zespri Crop Protection Standard and the KVH Recommended Product List.

Manufacturers recommend applying AG Copp 75 on its own post-flowering to reduce the risk of fruit marking or leaf damage.

Summer rates for the budbreak to harvest period are outlined in KVH Recommended Product List. Use conditions and rates year-round are included in the KVH Seasonal Management Guide.
 

Biosecurity News
26 November 2015
2016 Biosecurity Pest Calendar
26 November 2015
KVH together with the Port of Tauranga (POTL) and the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI), has developed a 2016 ‘Biosecurity Pest Calendar’ to lift biosecurity protection at...
2016 Biosecurity Pest Calendar
26 November 2015

KVH together with the Port of Tauranga (POTL) and the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI), has developed a 2016 ‘Biosecurity Pest Calendar’ to lift biosecurity protection at Tauranga’s Port by highlighting to staff some of the offshore pests that could enter New Zealand through their own workplace.

Featuring twelve unwanted pests including fruit flies, the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug, imported fire ants and other pests that could cause serious harm to New Zealand’s primary industries and unique environment, the calendar is part of an ongoing, wider initiative with other Bay of Plenty and industry organisations to pursue ‘biosecurity excellence at the Port’.

Hundreds of the calendars have been distributed throughout common areas and smoko rooms at the Port of Tauranga; and also transitional facilities and associated industries. This reaches thousands of front line staff working in and around the port, as well as others routinely handling biosecurity risk goods; so they know what to look for, where to look for them, when the highest risk times are, and what to do should they suspect something unusual.

Heightened surveillance amongst people who are likely to find these pests should they arrive is a good opportunity to help keep these unwanted pests out of New Zealand.

All staff working in and around the port can play a big part in keeping unwanted pests and diseases out of New Zealand. If they suspect any of the pests featured in the calendar they are encouraged to CATCH IT and CALL the MPI Pest and Disease Hotline on 0800 80 99 66.
 

Biosecurity News
26 November 2015
Kiwifruit growers returning from offshore
26 November 2015
Kiwifruit growers and other passengers associated with primary sectors may find they experience more interventions at the airport when returning to NZ. This is because they potentially pose a greater...
Kiwifruit growers returning from offshore
26 November 2015

Kiwifruit growers and other passengers associated with primary sectors may find they experience more interventions at the airport when returning to NZ. This is because they potentially pose a greater biosecurity risk based on the likelihood they have visited offshore orchards and farms during their travels.

KVH has put together a brief summary outlining what kiwifruit growers can do to help reduce biosecurity risk if they have visited an offshore orchard or farm; and what they can expect through border control when arriving back in New Zealand.

Click here for the fact sheet.

Grower News
26 November 2015
Farewell and thank you Mike Chapman
26 November 2015
KVH would like to say thank you and farewell to outgoing NZKGI Chief Executive Mike Chapman for his excellent service to the kiwifruit industry over the last 10 years, and in particular for his...
Farewell and thank you Mike Chapman
26 November 2015

KVH would like to say thank you and farewell to outgoing NZKGI Chief Executive Mike Chapman for his excellent service to the kiwifruit industry over the last 10 years, and in particular for his commitment to KVH.

Mike was a Director on the KVH Board since its inception almost five years ago, and more recently has been the Secretary of the Board. At the end of December Mike will take up his new role as Chief Executive at Horticulture NZ and we wish him all the very best.
 

Grower News
26 November 2015
Summer grafting
26 November 2015
While grafting is normally done through winter, summer provides a good opportunity to graft through a warmer period and re-establish failed winter grafts as well as change males across to more...
Summer grafting
26 November 2015

While grafting is normally done through winter, summer provides a good opportunity to graft through a warmer period and re-establish failed winter grafts as well as change males across to more tolerant varieties. Summer grafting with new season’s graftwood is an option if no stored wood is available.

Click on the links below to access the following articles on the Zespri Canopy:

KVH Protocols apply to movement of budwood – click here.

Grower News
26 November 2015
Post flowering Actigard and Caplit use
26 November 2015
Caplit and foliar-applied Actigard™ are no longer permitted on producing vines. These products may be applied post-flowering to 28 February 2016 to non-producing vines...
Post flowering Actigard and Caplit use
26 November 2015

Caplit and foliar-applied Actigard™ are no longer permitted on producing vines. These products may be applied post-flowering to 28 February 2016 to non-producing vines only.

Grower News
26 November 2015
Spring 2015 - the good and the bad
26 November 2015
2015 has been a tough spring for growers managing Psa-V, with generally higher levels of infection being seen in all positive regions, particularly on cold, wet sites.  Again, male vines appear...
Spring 2015 - the good and the bad
26 November 2015

2015 has been a tough spring for growers managing Psa-V, with generally higher levels of infection being seen in all positive regions, particularly on cold, wet sites.  Again, male vines appear to have been more affected, particularly those less tolerant to Psa-V.

On the coldest sites, Gold3 infection continues to be cut out (see image of Waikato orchard). Dieback and cane collapse in some young blocks has led to canopies being reduced to around 50% of cover achieved through last year’s growing season. Impacts on production will vary between sites.

However, Psa-V symptoms are expected to reduce as we move further into summer.

Hayward growers are optimistic that productivity will remain high despite early season Psa-V effects. Excellent budbreak resulted in high flower numbers and the level of leaf spot and bud infection in green varieties is less than previous seasons. This is likely due to a combination of dryer spring weather in many regions, a strong uptake of pre-flower girdles in at-risk blocks, and good spray programmes through the spring period.

Good supplies of male flowers to pollen mills are hoped to refresh industry pollen supplies as poor synchronisation of Gold3 males led to high demand for pollen early in the season.
 

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