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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.

 

Grower News
24 August 2017
BMSB meeting with world expert
24 August 2017
All growers are invited to hear a presentation from a world expert on Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) next week. Hosted by Dr Tracy Leskey from the United States Department of Agriculture...
BMSB meeting with world expert
24 August 2017

All growers are invited to hear a presentation from a world expert on Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) next week.

Hosted by Dr Tracy Leskey from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), there will be discussions on how BMSB impacts horticulture, post-harvest and residential areas in the USA, and what is being done to control the pest.

Dr Leskey is an entomologist and researcher for the USDA, working to protect growers from invasive pests like the BMSB by finding sustainable, ecologically sound solutions. Dr Leskey is a co-director of StopBMSB, which is probably the world’s largest research initiative into BMSB, involving more than 50 researchers across 18 organisations.

When: Monday 28 August, 10am to midday with tea and coffee upon arrival.
Where: The Orchard Church, 20 Macloughlin Drive, Te Puke.

 

Grower News
10 August 2017
Psa science update
10 August 2017
More than 100 growers attended the recent KVH/Zespri-run Psa science update meeting in Te Puke.  Growers heard from a range of speakers including Dr Joel Vanneste from Plant & Food who...
Psa science update
10 August 2017

More than 100 growers attended the recent KVH/Zespri-run Psa science update meeting in Te Puke. 

Growers heard from a range of speakers including Dr Joel Vanneste from Plant & Food who outlined the latest understanding around the evolution of Psa resistance to copper and how use at below label rates, or when poorly applied, increases the risk of copper failing to control Psa over time.

Dr Stephen Hoyte from Plant & Food outlined the work currently being done in the Gold Futures project which is comparing  management practices on Gold3 orchards with high Psa symptoms versus those with low Psa symptoms, and will be recommending changes in management practices for the challenged sites. Orchard pairings in various regions have been found for the trial.

Growers were also given an update on the trial results for a new yeast based Psa control product that is expected to be released to the market within the next 12 months. Shane Max, Global Production Manager of Zespri provided a brief overview (via video) of Psa pressures in Zespri international growing regions. The key message from Shane was don’t get complacent - you cannot predict the weather so assume every season is going to be bad for Psa.

Dr Greg Clarke from Zespri presented the latest understanding around the mode of action that is assisting the spring gridle of Hayward vines, reduced budrot, and flower drop.

A summary of the meeting along with the presentations and a video taken on the day is available on the Zespri Canopy website.

Grower News
10 August 2017
Your opinion counts. Take our biosecurity survey
10 August 2017
There’s still time to take our grower survey on biosecurity and hygiene practices. KVH is working to raise awareness of good biosecurity practices on-orchard and the benefits these can...
Your opinion counts. Take our biosecurity survey
10 August 2017

There’s still time to take our grower survey on biosecurity and hygiene practices.

KVH is working to raise awareness of good biosecurity practices on-orchard and the benefits these can bring.  In doing this, we need help to first learn more about the level of understanding of biosecurity amongst growers, what biosecurity practices are currently used on orchards and whether there are any common limitations to putting practices in place.

This survey will give us a clearer picture of where we can focus our efforts during the coming season so that we’re better serving growers by providing the information and resources needed.

Your views are important – please take part (it will only take approximately five minutes to complete) and help us work together to protect New Zealand’s kiwifruit industry from unwanted pest and disease threats. Complete the survey now.

Individual responses will be kept confidential to KVH and you have the option of completing the survey anonymously.

Grower News
27 July 2017
Science update meeting tomorrow
27 July 2017
A reminder that tomorrow morning Zespri and KVH are hosting a practical science update meeting for to share results from recent research and discuss how this may be used to improve on orchard Psa ...
Science update meeting tomorrow
27 July 2017

A reminder that tomorrow morning Zespri and KVH are hosting a practical science update meeting for to share results from recent research and discuss how this may be used to improve on orchard Psa management.

When: Friday 28 July. Join us at 9.45am for coffee, the meeting will run from 10.00am to midday.
Where: The Orchard, 20 Macloughlin Drive, Te Puke.

The meeting will include information about the latest situation on Psa in China and Europe, an update from Dr Joel Vanneste on copper resistance to Psa, Dr Greg Clark covering spring girdling for Psa control, Dr Phil Elmer on progress with a new product for Psa control, Dr Stephen Hoyte on progress with the Gold3 comparative orchard trial, and Dr David Manktelow on how to improve spray coverage for better results.

 

Grower News
27 July 2017
Help us help you. Take our survey!
27 July 2017
We’re running a short survey on biosecurity and hygiene practices among those who spend the most time working on, and managing kiwifruit orchards. KVH is working to raise awareness of good...
Help us help you. Take our survey!
27 July 2017

We’re running a short survey on biosecurity and hygiene practices among those who spend the most time working on, and managing kiwifruit orchards.

KVH is working to raise awareness of good biosecurity practices on-orchard and the benefits these can bring.  In doing this, we need help to first learn more about the level of understanding of biosecurity amongst growers, what biosecurity practices are currently used on orchards and whether there are any common limitations to putting practices in place.

This survey will give us a clearer picture of where we can focus our efforts during the coming season so that we’re better serving growers by providing the information and resources needed.

Your views are important – please take part (it will only take approximately five minutes to complete) and help us work together to protect New Zealand’s kiwifruit industry from unwanted pest and disease threats. Complete the survey now.

All responses will be kept confidential to KVH and you have the option of completing the survey anonymously.

Grower News
13 July 2017
Growers encouraged to attend science update meeting
13 July 2017
When: Friday 28 July. Join us at 9.45am for coffee, the meeting will run from 10.00am to midday. Where: The Orchard, 20 Macloughlin Drive, Te Puke. Zespri and KVH are hosting a practical science...
Growers encouraged to attend science update meeting
13 July 2017

When: Friday 28 July. Join us at 9.45am for coffee, the meeting will run from 10.00am to midday.
Where: The Orchard, 20 Macloughlin Drive, Te Puke.


Zespri and KVH are hosting a practical science update meeting for growers to share some of the results from recent research and discuss how this may be used to improve on orchard Psa management.

The meeting will include information about the latest situation on Psa in China and Europe, an update from Dr Joel Vanneste on copper resistance to Psa, Dr Greg Clark covering spring girdling for Psa control, Dr Phil Elmer on progress with a new product for Psa control, Dr Stephen Hoyte on progress with the Gold3 comparative orchard trial, and Dr David Manktelow on how to improve spray coverage for better results.

We look forward to seeing growers there.

 
Grower News
13 July 2017
Latest nurseries to join KPCS
13 July 2017
KVH is pleased to announce that two nurseries have joined the Kiwifruit Plant Certification Scheme (KPCS) within the last fortnight. Keepa Road nursery in Whakatane has met the requirements to...
Latest nurseries to join KPCS
13 July 2017

KVH is pleased to announce that two nurseries have joined the Kiwifruit Plant Certification Scheme (KPCS) within the last fortnight.

Keepa Road nursery in Whakatane has met the requirements to sell KPCS “within region” certified field grown plants to Whakatane growers.

Fernbrook Farm nursery has also met the requirements to sell KPCS “within region” certified field grown Bruno rootstock to Tauranga growers.

Growers are reminded that KVH movement controls must be observed when ordering kiwifruit plants from nurseries and only KPCS certified plants should be obtained. For a list of nurseries and their KPCS status, and to find out more about requirements of the KPCS, click here.

Grower News
13 July 2017
Heading overseas? Advice for returning growers
13 July 2017
Everyone in the kiwifruit industry has a responsibility to manage biosecurity risks when travelling. To assist, KVH has developed best practice for kiwifruit growers to help reduce biosecurity...
Heading overseas? Advice for returning growers
13 July 2017

Everyone in the kiwifruit industry has a responsibility to manage biosecurity risks when travelling.

To assist, KVH has developed best practice for kiwifruit growers to help reduce biosecurity risk after visiting an offshore orchard or farm; and to let you know what you can expect through border control when arriving back in New Zealand.

The handy one-page advice sheet is available on the KVH website, summarising the practical things growers should do (and be aware of) before and during travel back across the New Zealand border.

Grower News
13 July 2017
Drop and mulch unpicked fruit
13 July 2017
Under the National Psa-V Pest Management Plan (NPMP), it is a requirement to remove all unpicked fruit from vines by 1 July yearly.  Any unpicked kiwifruit is now softening and if left on...
Drop and mulch unpicked fruit
13 July 2017

Under the National Psa-V Pest Management Plan (NPMP), it is a requirement to remove all unpicked fruit from vines by 1 July yearly. 

Any unpicked kiwifruit is now softening and if left on vines will be a food source for birds such as white-eyes, blackbirds or sparrows.  For the kiwifruit industry, unpicked fruit is not a good thing as birds deposit kiwifruit seed via their droppings into nearby bush or forestry blocks, resulting in further wild kiwifruit infestations.  A few fruit missed by pickers is enough to perpetuate a wild kiwifruit problem.    

Contractors work throughout the year to control wild kiwifruit in the Bay of Plenty.  The cost of this work is more than $200,000 yearly – growers are funding most of this control work through KVH. Over time this cost could reduce through better management of unpicked fruit which is the seed-source for wild vines. KVH is working with other regional councils to detect and destroy any wild kiwifruit plants before they establish or spread. 

Unpicked fruit and unmanaged kiwifruit vines may also be a potential host for plant disease organisms.

Unpicked fruit needs to be dropped to the ground and mulched - the fruit will quickly compost.  KVH is following up on a small number of reports of unpicked fruit. If growers are aware of unpicked orchards or parts of orchards, please contact John Mather at KVH.

Grower News
13 July 2017
Manage cut out trunks within the orchard
13 July 2017
Growers are reminded to manage any cut out vine material, including any sawn-off trunks or leaders, within the orchard.  Do not dump cut out vines into any adjacent gully, forest or...
Manage cut out trunks within the orchard
13 July 2017

Growers are reminded to manage any cut out vine material, including any sawn-off trunks or leaders, within the orchard.  Do not dump cut out vines into any adjacent gully, forest or bush.  If wild kiwifruit establishes from dumped vines the orchard owner will have to fund the total cost of wild vine control and remove the trunks. 

Disposal pits need to be properly constructed, like in the image to the right.  Old vine trunks and leaders may be burnt or buried within the pit.  Follow the guidelines within the KVH Protocol - Disposal Options.  A heavy-duty mulcher is an excellent disposal option.  Remember to remove all plant material from the machine and wash and sanitise before leaving the orchard.

If burning, ensure the material is dry and follow all regional council Air Plan requirements.  Ensure that any smoke is not a hazard for nearby roads or a nuisance to neighbours.  Also remember that it is prohibited to burn treated timber.

Grower News
29 June 2017
More nurseries join KPCS
29 June 2017
KVH is pleased to announce that another five nurseries have joined the Kiwifruit Plant Certification Scheme (KPCS). Kaituna (Franklin), GrowWell (Te Puke), Shalfoon Investments (Te Puke), and...
More nurseries join KPCS
29 June 2017

KVH is pleased to announce that another five nurseries have joined the Kiwifruit Plant Certification Scheme (KPCS).

Kaituna (Franklin), GrowWell (Te Puke), Shalfoon Investments (Te Puke), and Good Roots (Whakatane) nurseries have all met the requirements to sell KPCS “within region” certified plants to growers in the regions bracketed for each.

Sandhills nursery in the Far North has met the requirements to sell KPCS “fully certified” plants to growers between regions in accordance with KVH movement controls.

Growers are reminded that KVH movement controls must be observed when ordering kiwifruit plants from nurseries and only KPCS certified plants should be obtained. For a list of nurseries and their KPCS status, and to find out more about requirements of the KPCS, click here.

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