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Biosecurity News
7 September 2017
Spring brings Psa symptoms
7 September 2017
As spring sap starts to flow and vines come out of winter dormancy, Psa symptoms will become more visible. Spring is a high-risk season for Psa, and growers, particularly those on early sites, are...
Spring brings Psa symptoms
7 September 2017

As spring sap starts to flow and vines come out of winter dormancy, Psa symptoms will become more visible.

Spring is a high-risk season for Psa, and growers, particularly those on early sites, are recommended to start monitoring their vines to understand how Psa is unfolding on their orchards.

Focus on high-risk plants/areas, paying particular attention to areas where application of a full Psa spray programme has been compromised due to difficult or impossible ground conditions through the autumn and winter period.

Be sure to remove infected material promptly to reduce the risk of Psa spread.

Throughout spring, growers should focus on minimising leaf spot and flower bud infection and maintain copper cover, including Actiguard™ and consider CPPU products.

Reports from the Bay of Plenty, Franklin and Gisborne regions over the past fortnight indicate some Gold3 growers are seeing active cankers with incidence more widespread than last year. More symptoms have been reported for M91 males.  Some Waihi, Waikato, Whanganui and Hawkes Bay growers report symptoms extending across both male and female Gold3 vines.

Click here for a photo gallery of symptoms recently reported to KVH.

A reminder, growers can use the Psa-V Risk Model to help identify upcoming risk periods and to assist with the timing of protective sprays. Click here to register to use the model if you haven’t already.

The new Psa-V Seasonal Management Wall Chart 2017-18 is also a handy reference tool and is included in your latest Zespri Kiwiflier. It is also available to view or download from the KVH website. A key feature of the chart is the KVH Recommended Product List, which sets out the approved products for protection against Psa-V, their year-round application rates, and permitted use periods.

Biosecurity News
7 September 2017
Spreading the stink bug message
7 September 2017
KVH is involved in several initiatives to improve awareness and readiness for the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB). The nationwide effort to keep this pest out continues as we enter the high-risk...
Spreading the stink bug message
7 September 2017

KVH is involved in several initiatives to improve awareness and readiness for the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB). The nationwide effort to keep this pest out continues as we enter the high-risk period and work with the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) and other groups across horticulture to update our comprehensive communications strategy.

KVH is co-funding the strategy which is aimed at lifting public awareness around the damaging impacts of BMSB and will hopefully increase the livelihood of early detection through passive surveillance.

Key aspects of the communications strategy include:

Video
•    KVH has extra videos available online (and these will be used at various presentations too) relating to the impacts of BMSB on kiwifruit in Italy, a shortened Bug Man video about catching BMSB, and a One News article about the impacts all kiwis will face if this bug gets here and establishes.
•    MPI and industry groups are developing videos with BMSB champions.

Print advertising
•    Full page advertising over the high-risk period in NZ Gardener, Go Gardening, Kiwi Gardener, NZ Grower, and various industry publications and newsletters like The Kiwifruit Journal and The Orchardist.

Digital advertising
•    30 second ads running on the TVNZ and Three Now on demand services, and YouTube.
•    Displays on the Stuff, Herald, TVNZ and Three websites.

Media
•    Interviews and stories with mainstream media outlets using industry spokespeople as champions, and continuing the relationship with the Bug Man.

Social media
•    Facebook, Twitter and YouTube banners and ads pushing messages from the Bug Man and encouraging travellers/visitors to check their bags, rooms, and mail parcels.

Screens
•    Digital advertising on screens at Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin and Queenstown airports.

Posters, stickers, and collateral
•    More engagement with everyone from garden centres and transitional facilities to backpackers, motels and travel agencies about BMSB and distribution of posters, stickers, fridge magnets and fact sheets.

Company Notices
7 September 2017
Meet the team - introducing Linda Peacock
7 September 2017
Linda has been with KVH since 2011 and has worked with growers and technical teams from all growing regions over the past six years, helping build knowledge around best practice management of Psa....
Meet the team - introducing Linda Peacock
7 September 2017

Linda has been with KVH since 2011 and has worked with growers and technical teams from all growing regions over the past six years, helping build knowledge around best practice management of Psa.

She is a member of the Psa steering group and also the Zespri crop protection steering group with input into research projects and facilitation and implementation of results from the KVH/ZESPRI research projects.

More recently, her role has had increased focus on biosecurity and now includes co-ordination of the KiwiNet representatives from across the post-harvest sector. Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) now supersedes spring as her least favourite thing! Meeting and sharing knowledge with a wide range of great people across the industry remains the best part of her job.

Linda has been involved in the kiwifruit industry for 30 years, in both growing and post-harvest roles, and prior to joining KVH was technical manager at Direct Management Services (DMS).

Gardening, kayaking, biking and the great outdoors are weekend favourites and travel has and will always be, in the blood. Latest recommendation, a 12-day biking and kayak trip around Samoa.

 

Biosecurity News
7 September 2017
BMSB impacts on kiwifruit in Italy
7 September 2017
A new video is available showing the impacts of Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) on gold kiwifruit in Italy. The video helps us gain a better understanding of what Italian growers are facing and...
BMSB impacts on kiwifruit in Italy
7 September 2017

A new video is available showing the impacts of Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) on gold kiwifruit in Italy.

The video helps us gain a better understanding of what Italian growers are facing and provides a practical on-orchard view of the severe damage this pest can do. BMSB is on the Kiwifruit's Most Unwanted list and a strong focus of KVH, especially with the high-risk season upon us.

Being on the lookout, knowing what to look for and how to report the bug is key - email KVH if you, your family or friends would like more of our handy fridge magnets to help identify this pest.

The video was shown at the BMSB grower meeting with international expert Dr Tracey Leskey, early last week. Read more about the meeting and industry preparedness for BMSB here.

 
 

 

Company Notices
7 September 2017
KVH AGM result
7 September 2017
The KVH Annual General Meeting (AGM) took place on Thursday 24 August. Thank you to growers who were able to attend, and thanks also go to all who voted. All resolutions were passed. Under general...
KVH AGM result
7 September 2017

The KVH Annual General Meeting (AGM) took place on Thursday 24 August. Thank you to growers who were able to attend, and thanks also go to all who voted.

All resolutions were passed. Under general business, a discussion was held about future biosecurity activities and costs. More information about this – and the consultation KVH will undertake with members – will be available shortly.

All AGM documents, including full details about the resolutions, financial statements and budget information, are available to reference on the KVH website.

Thanks go to all members for their continued support of KVH and associated biosecurity activities.
 

Biosecurity News
7 September 2017
Be on the lookout for new thrips in glasshouses
7 September 2017
Poinsettia thrips are an emerging pest of greenhouse nursery plants in eastern USA and in some parts of Asia.  The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is looking into the discovery of a...
Be on the lookout for new thrips in glasshouses
7 September 2017

Poinsettia thrips are an emerging pest of greenhouse nursery plants in eastern USA and in some parts of Asia. 

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is looking into the discovery of a small number of thrips on contained nursery plants, including kiwifruit plants, in New Zealand. A fact sheet that has been developed with KVH is available here.

If the pests were to establish in New Zealand they won’t survive outside of greenhouses but will cause significant challenges to the glasshouse industry.

Growers, nursery and greenhouse staff in particular are asked to familiarise themselves with the fact sheet and immediately report any signs of the pest to the MPI exotic pest and disease hotline on 0800 80 99 66.

Biosecurity News
7 September 2017
Sniffer dog joins stink bug fight
7 September 2017
A bug-sniffing detector dog introduced by the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) will help stop the potentially devastating Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) from making a home in New...
Sniffer dog joins stink bug fight
7 September 2017

A bug-sniffing detector dog introduced by the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) will help stop the potentially devastating Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) from making a home in New Zealand.

The labrador, named Georgie, demonstrated her sniffing skills on stage last week by locating dead stink bugs hidden in a harvesting machine at the New Zealand Winegrowers conference.

MPI will have two trained dogs ready to sniff out stink bugs this summer, including a specialist dog to assist with detecting the pest in the event of an incursion. Read more here.
 

Protocols & Movement Controls
7 September 2017
Psa mandatory monitoring
7 September 2017
All growers in ‘Exclusion’ regions and all growers with ‘Not Detected’ orchards in all regions are required to carry out a round of mandatory monitoring between 15 September...
Psa mandatory monitoring
7 September 2017

All growers in ‘Exclusion’ regions and all growers with ‘Not Detected’ orchards in all regions are required to carry out a round of mandatory monitoring between 15 September and 15 October, with results due to KVH by 31 October.

All growers in the Whangarei region (where a Controlled Area notice remains in place) are required to carry out additional monitoring and report their results on the following dates:

•    6 October
•    27 October
•    10 November
•    1 December

To assist growers, an online monitoring form is available on the KVH website here. Please call KVH on 0800 665 825 if you have any questions or if you require assistance to complete the online form.

Growers should discuss monitoring rounds with their post-harvest team to provide good information on which to plan Psa spray programmes through spring. It is important that orchards with ‘Not Detected’ status are also monitored by a team that is familiar with Psa symptoms. If Psa symptoms are found growers, or their pack-house Psa manager should notify KVH so records can be updated.
 

Grower News
7 September 2017
Supply Agreement training
7 September 2017
NZKGI is offering all growers the ability to take part in their Supply Agreement training for the first time – giving participants a stronger understanding of how the kiwifruit industry is...
Supply Agreement training
7 September 2017

NZKGI is offering all growers the ability to take part in their Supply Agreement training for the first time – giving participants a stronger understanding of how the kiwifruit industry is structured.

Such an opportunity to get detailed information and training designed specifically for growers on the Supply Agreement comes highly recommended. A supply entity who has taken the programme said:

“Thanks for the opportunity to be part of the Supply Agreement training that NZKGI has been an advocate for. The response from all those that attended the course was consistent – the course was excellent. Personnel learnt a lot with so much making more sense to them now. Marks also to Start Afresh Ltd; their presenters were well prepared and had a high-level understanding of the topics, which they were able to explain in a relaxed manner and in plain English.”

Register your interest now and take part in the first round of training. Expressions of interest are being taken here.

 

Protocols & Movement Controls
7 September 2017
New nursery joins KPCS
7 September 2017
Jabula Nursery has joined the Kiwifruit Plant Certification Scheme (KPCS). The nursery has met the requirements to sell KPCS “within region” certified field grown plants to growers in...
New nursery joins KPCS
7 September 2017

Jabula Nursery has joined the Kiwifruit Plant Certification Scheme (KPCS).

The nursery has met the requirements to sell KPCS “within region” certified field grown plants to growers in the Waikato region.

KVH movement controls must be observed when ordering kiwifruit plants from nurseries and only KPCS certified plants should be obtained. Visit the KVH website for a list of nurseries and their KPCS status
 

Biosecurity News
7 September 2017
Be on the lookout for myrtle rust
7 September 2017
Now it’s spring, myrtle rust may be more noticeable. If you see it, don’t touch it – call the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) on 0800 80 99 66. Myrtle rust could affect...
Be on the lookout for myrtle rust
7 September 2017

Now it’s spring, myrtle rust may be more noticeable. If you see it, don’t touch it – call the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) on 0800 80 99 66.

Myrtle rust could affect iconic New Zealand plants like pōhutukawa, kānuka, manuka, ramarama and rātā, as well as species such as eucalyptus, guava and feijoa.

To protect any myrtaceae species on your property (eg in your garden or orchard), you may want to consider spraying them with copper at label rates.

Be on the lookout for:
•    bright yellow powdery eruptions appearing on the underside of the leaf (young infection)
•    bright yellow powdery eruptions on both sides of the leaf (mature infection)
•    brown/grey rust pustules (older spores) which can appear on older lesions
•    buckled or twisted leaves which may die off.

*Update 13 September 2017:

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has issued an update advising that since myrtle rust was found in New Zealand earlier this year, there has not been a single feijoa plant found with the infection.

MPI has taken samples from feijoa plants in nurseries and home gardens where other plants are infected with the disease and the feijoa plants were clear. This information, combined with Australian data showing feijoas appear to be resistant, has led to MPI concluding that feijoas present a low risk of spreading myrtle rust to other uninfected myrtle plants. Read more here.

Biosecurity News
7 September 2017
World expert helps the kiwifruit industry prepare for BMSB
7 September 2017
Last week KVH and Zespri hosted two international Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) experts, Dr Tracy Leskey and Dr Kim Hoelmer, to refine our approach for managing this pest should it manage to...
World expert helps the kiwifruit industry prepare for BMSB
7 September 2017

Last week KVH and Zespri hosted two international Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) experts, Dr Tracy Leskey and Dr Kim Hoelmer, to refine our approach for managing this pest should it manage to establish in New Zealand.

They attended a meeting with the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) and other horticultural sectors where they provided input into our national response plan for BMSB, including how we would respond to an initial detection, and attempts at eradication.

Dr Leskey also presented to kiwifruit growers early in the week. The entomologist and researcher for the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) discussed BMSB with more than 100 people who packed into The Orchard Church in Te Puke to learn more about the unwanted pests impacts on horticulture, post-harvest facilities, and residential areas in the USA.

Dr Leskey went into detail about actions underway in the USA to manage BMSB in crops; the importance of collecting good dispersal and behavioural information about the bug; effective insecticides; biological control options; and various border strategies such as traps and trap crops like sorghum and sunflower.

As a coordinator of StopBMSB – one of the world’s largest research initiatives into BMSB, involving more than 50 researchers across 18 organisations – Dr Leskey will continue to work with KVH and Zespri to fill knowledge gaps around our New Zealand eradication plans, as well as potential long term management and control options within kiwifruit orchards.

Much of what Dr Leskey discussed is mentioned in the StopBMSB integrated pest management fact sheet available online, which provides a synopsis of what researchers have learned so far, and management recommendations using an integrated approach.

Growers at the meeting watched a new video demonstrating the impacts BMSB has had on gold kiwifruit in Italy – you can view it on the KVH YouTube channel here.

KVH detailed the work being done to ensure the New Zealand kiwifruit industry is prepared for BMSB, including a promising control strategy in the form of a biological control (the Samurai Wasp), in the latest KVH Annual Report. More information about response and long term management plans should the bug establish in New Zealand, is also available on the BMSB page of the KVH website.
 

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