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Grower News
12 November 2015
Psa-V in Chile
12 November 2015
Psa-V has progressed significantly this season in Chile; with an unusually wet spring being the likely contributor. Disease severity is high in all varieties and the Chilean kiwifruit industry is...
Psa-V in Chile
12 November 2015

Psa-V has progressed significantly this season in Chile; with an unusually wet spring being the likely contributor. Disease severity is high in all varieties and the Chilean kiwifruit industry is predicting a potential drop in production as a result.

Bud-rot and leaf spotting symptoms are widespread in Hayward varieties; and other varieties (Hong Yang, Enza Gold, Jintao and Summer Kiwi) that were already infected are showing more severe symptoms such as cane dieback and exudate.

The disease has continued to spread north and the first infected orchard in the northern ‘Metropolitan region’ has recently been identified.

Latest figures released by Chile’s Agriculture and Livestock Service confirms 17 new orchards have been confirmed Psa-V positive, bringing the total of infected orchards to 180 – an area of approximately 1,900 hectares.

The Chilean Kiwifruit Committee continues to encourage growers to adopt strict hygiene measures, particularly tool hygiene between vines, regular monitoring and movement controls to prevent further spread.
 

Grower News
12 November 2015
Monitoring in Whangarei and North-West Auckland
12 November 2015
KVH has recently completed monitoring rounds in the Whangarei and North-West Auckland regions. Whangarei Two rounds of monitoring were carried out in the Whangarei region. The first round in late...
Monitoring in Whangarei and North-West Auckland
12 November 2015

KVH has recently completed monitoring rounds in the Whangarei and North-West Auckland regions.

Whangarei
Two rounds of monitoring were carried out in the Whangarei region. The first round in late September focused on the ten orchards immediately surrounding the Psa-V positive orchard—a total of 29.41 hectares. Samples from four orchards were tested and all returned a ‘Not Detected’ result.

The second round of monitoring was carried out in mid-October and focussed on the Hort16A blocks within the controlled area and the closest orchards to the positive orchard. This included a total of 11 orchards representing 41.2 hectares. Samples from three of these orchards were tested and also returned ‘Not Detected’ results.

There are several messages for growers based on information gathered on these rounds of monitoring – click here for them.

North-West Auckland
The monitoring round in North-West Auckland was completed in early November and included 11 of the region’s 23 orchards located closest to the two positive orchards in the region. Click here for the report.

Samples from five orchards were tested; and one Hayward orchard was confirmed Psa-V from the testing. Symptoms included cane dieback and exudate on two adjacent male vines. The orchard is located approximately 30m from the first positive orchard in the region (confirmed in November 2013).

The two existing positive orchards in the region (now G3 plantings) were showing symptoms right across the orchard, including cane dieback and exudate on stumps and new grafts.

North-West Auckland is currently an ‘Exclusion’ region with a controlled area in place – the status is likely to be re-considered at the end of spring.
Growers are reminded to be vigilant about inspecting their vines for Psa-V symptoms and maintain a protectant spray programme.
 

Grower News
12 November 2015
KeyStrepto use window rapidly closing
12 November 2015
The use of KeyStrepto™ this season is quickly coming to an end. Growers are reminded KeyStrepto™ cannot be applied within seven days of the first flower opening. While some Hayward...
KeyStrepto use window rapidly closing
12 November 2015

The use of KeyStrepto™ this season is quickly coming to an end. Growers are reminded KeyStrepto™ cannot be applied within seven days of the first flower opening.

While some Hayward orchards may still be outside of the seven-day window, this window is rapidly closing. Growers are urged to be cautious if applying KeyStrepto™ to ensure they stay well outside of the seven days before flowering period.

Most orchards are well into flowering and KeyStrepto™ use is no longer permitted.

Grower News
12 November 2015
Flower harvest for pollen
12 November 2015
There is still time for growers of green varieties with little or no male infection to consider making their orchard available for flower picking to support their own and industry stocks. Early male...
Flower harvest for pollen
12 November 2015

There is still time for growers of green varieties with little or no male infection to consider making their orchard available for flower picking to support their own and industry stocks. Early male flowers can be collected for pollen without impacting on pollination.

Growers supplying flowers are asked to assess their orchards to avoid infected areas and monitor pickers to ensure infected flowers are not picked.

Several pollen mills have commenced milling this season; KVH will be auditing them over the coming weeks.

Biosecurity News
12 November 2015
KVH urges to maintain stink bug treatments
12 November 2015
KVH has prepared a submission on behalf of the kiwifruit industry on MPI’s proposed changes to the Import Health Standard (IHS) for vehicles, machinery and tyres. One of the main proposed...
KVH urges to maintain stink bug treatments
12 November 2015

KVH has prepared a submission on behalf of the kiwifruit industry on MPI’s proposed changes to the Import Health Standard (IHS) for vehicles, machinery and tyres.

One of the main proposed changes to the Standard, which is of concern to the kiwifruit industry, is the proposal to reduce treatments for Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) that apply to vehicles and machinery imported from the USA. The MPI proposal is that these requirements be reduced from ‘year-round’ to a defined ‘stink bug season’ only (September to April).

BMSB is one of the kiwifruit industry’s ‘Most Unwanted’ pests. It affects multiple crops and is a serious public nuisance pest. Vehicles imported from the USA have demonstrated to be the highest risk pathway for this pest, given the serious nature of the outbreak there.

MPI and industries, including the kiwifruit industry, have an active programme in place to keep BMSB out of NZ and be prepared if it arrives. This includes heightened measures at the border and offshore, national and regional awareness campaigns and a significant programme of research and response planning.

While the number of stink bugs intercepted at the border is low outside of the proposed stink bug season, US experience and molecular studies suggest it only takes a small number of individuals (as low as two individuals) for this organism to establish. And this is possible outside of the proposed ‘stink bug season’ (our autumn/winter period) in warmer northern parts of NZ and suitable microclimates.

KVH believes continuing year-round offshore treatment of US imported vehicles and machinery is technically justified and is urging the government to maintain this. KVH is also calling for further strengthening of protection against BMSB through joint action under Government Industry Agreements (GIA).

Click here for the full KVH submission.

Grower News
29 October 2015
Unpruned orchards create risk
29 October 2015
 KVH is investigating reports of two unpruned kiwifruit orchards – one near Whakatane and the other in Northwest Auckland.  Under the National Psa-V Pest Management Plan (NPMP)...
Unpruned orchards create risk
29 October 2015

 KVH is investigating reports of two unpruned kiwifruit orchards – one near Whakatane and the other in Northwest Auckland.  Under the National Psa-V Pest Management Plan (NPMP) kiwifruit vines in an orchard must be winter pruned and tied down by 1 October each year. 

Unpruned orchards can quickly become heavily layered, damp and infected with Psa-V.  The vines can then be a source of inoculum infecting neighbouring orchards; and costs to bring the orchard back to a managed state will increase exponentially.
 
KVH will inspect all orchards reported as unpruned and very likely impose a defined timeframe in which pruning must be completed.  Other aspects of orchard management will be reviewed.
 
If growers are unable to meet any NPMP requirements around pruning, picking fruit or application of KVH approved protectant products, they are encouraged to contact KVH as soon as possible.  It is better to discuss any adverse event affecting orchard management sooner rather than later so a pragmatic solution can be agreed.  
 
If you are aware of an unmanaged kiwifruit orchard please contact John Mather, Compliance Officer, at KVH at john.mather@kvh.org.nz.
 
Protocols & Movement Controls
29 October 2015
Tenders for wild kiwifruit control - closing data approaching
29 October 2015
 The closing date for tenders for the control of wild kiwifruit in the Western Bay of Plenty is Friday 6 November at 4.00pm.   Copies of the tender document may be obtained from the KVH...
Tenders for wild kiwifruit control - closing data approaching
29 October 2015

 The closing date for tenders for the control of wild kiwifruit in the Western Bay of Plenty is Friday 6 November at 4.00pm.  

Copies of the tender document may be obtained from the KVH office at 314 Maunganui Road, Mount Maunganui, by telephone on 0800 665 825 or by email at info@kvh.org.nz. 
 
Please direct all queries to John Mather, Compliance Officer, at john.mather@kvh.org.nz.
 
Protocols & Movement Controls
29 October 2015
Mandatory Monitoring - Reporting due Saturday
29 October 2015
Growers in Exclusion and Containment regions and also ‘Not Detected’ orchards in Recovery regions have until Saturday 31 October to report their mandatory monitoring results to...
Mandatory Monitoring - Reporting due Saturday
29 October 2015

Growers in Exclusion and Containment regions and also ‘Not Detected’ orchards in Recovery regions have until Saturday 31 October to report their mandatory monitoring results to KVH. 

An online reporting tool is available for growers to submit monitoring results directly to KVH. Click here to access this tool.

 

 

Grower News
29 October 2015
Bactericide use
29 October 2015
 A reminder to growers using bactericides that Kasumin© is only approved for use until three week before the start of flowering. For most regions and varieties this window has already...
Bactericide use
29 October 2015

 A reminder to growers using bactericides that Kasumin© is only approved for use until three week before the start of flowering. For most regions and varieties this window has already closed. KeyStrepto™ may be used until seven days before the start of flowering (male or female). 

Both Kasumin© and KeyStrepto™ have strict use conditions to be abided by.  Click here for further information.
 
Biosecurity News
29 October 2015
Onions join GIA biosecurity partnership
29 October 2015
On 9 October Onions New Zealand signed the Deed of the Government Industry Agreement for Biosecurity Readiness and Response at a ceremony in Pukekohe, becoming the first vegetable group and the sixth...
Onions join GIA biosecurity partnership
29 October 2015

On 9 October Onions New Zealand signed the Deed of the Government Industry Agreement for Biosecurity Readiness and Response at a ceremony in Pukekohe, becoming the first vegetable group and the sixth signatory to sign the Deed.

Onions NZ join KVH and Pipfruit NZ as horticultural signatories of the Deed. 
 
Grower News
29 October 2015
Whangarei Regional Update
29 October 2015
Last week KVH completed a second round of monitoring in the Whangarei region – covering 16A blocks in the controlled area and the orchards closest to the first positive orchard. No further Psa...
Whangarei Regional Update
29 October 2015

Last week KVH completed a second round of monitoring in the Whangarei region – covering 16A blocks in the controlled area and the orchards closest to the first positive orchard.

No further Psa symptoms were identified.
 
The controlled area remains in place restricting movement of plant material, beehives and contractor’s equipment. The Controlled Area Notice can be viewed here.
 
Growers within the controlled areas are required to monitor their orchards fortnightly until further notice and report their results to KVH.
 
The next round of mandatory monitoring is due to be reported to KVH on Friday 6th November – Click here to access the online reporting tool.
 
Grower News
29 October 2015
KVH Regional Coordinator Role Review
29 October 2015
 KVH have recently reviewed the role of the KVH Regional Coordinator.  The Regional Coordinator role was established in the initial response to Psa to support growers and Post-harvest...
KVH Regional Coordinator Role Review
29 October 2015

 KVH have recently reviewed the role of the KVH Regional Coordinator.  The Regional Coordinator role was established in the initial response to Psa to support growers and Post-harvest companies to work collectively in managing the Psa-V risk in their region.

Since 2012 the Regional Coordinators have assisted KVH supporting the implementation and adoption of the National Pest Management Plan (NPMP).  As we have gained knowledge on how to best manage the bacteria and reduce risks on orchards, growers have integrated these practices into their orchard management programme and their need for support has reduced.  
 
The overall level of Regional Coordinator activity has diminished quite significantly, especially in Recovery regions with post-harvest support present and Psa-V management is seen very much as part of the wider orchard management function.
 
The KVH Board approved changes to the Regional Coordinator structure and policy at its September meeting and agreed to: 
  • Discontinue with the Regional Coordinator roles in the wider Bay of Plenty including Opotiki, Edgecumbe, KatiKati and Waihi (they have already been discontinued in Te Puke and Tauranga). The Regional Coordinator function will be retained in other regions where Psa has established more recently and/or post-harvest support may not be as present.
  • Incorporate a wider biosecurity function and reduce the Psa associated activities as appropriate. 
  • Reduce funding to a maximum of $250 per month per region and encourage regions with reasonable fighting funds established to suspend payments until a need arises. 
These changes have been reflected in an updated Regional Coordinators Policy which can be viewed here.
 
The KVH Board and Management would like to sincerely thank the Regional Coordinators and Post-harvest operators for their valuable contribution in helping to manage Psa within their regions. The efforts provided by Regional Coordinators, their committees and Post-harvest operators has been a real asset in the fight against Psa.
 
We look forward to continuing the excellent working relationship with Regional Coordinators in the regions where the role continues.
 

Kiwifruit Vine Health

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314 Maunganui Road, Mount Maunganui
(entrance cnr Totara and Rata Street)
PO Box 4246, Mount Maunganui, 3149
New Zealand

Tel:  0800 665 825
Fax: 07 574 7591

Email: info@kvh.org.nz