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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.

Grower News
15 June 2017
Fieldays
15 June 2017
KVH has enjoyed a busy start to the annual National Fieldays.  Growers visiting our stall within the Zespri tent have shown a strong interest in biosecurity issues and the lunchtime sessions...
Fieldays
15 June 2017

KVH has enjoyed a busy start to the annual National Fieldays. 

Growers visiting our stall within the Zespri tent have shown a strong interest in biosecurity issues and the lunchtime sessions with short addresses from Zespri, KVH and NZKGI have been well-attended.

KVH is also working with other horticulture organisations to take the opportunity to catch up with importers of tractors and other machinery, to ensure they are aware of the risk of Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) and the protocol to follow if they find the pest on any of their shipments.

Chief Executive Barry O’Neil and other KVH staff will be based in the Zespri tent at Mystery Creek again tomorrow – please drop in and say hello. 

Grower News
15 June 2017
Nelson growers meeting
15 June 2017
Mainland Kiwi have organised a meeting to discuss potential pathways for new variety kiwifruit plant material to enter the South Island.  All South Island kiwifruit growers are urged to attend...
Nelson growers meeting
15 June 2017

Mainland Kiwi have organised a meeting to discuss potential pathways for new variety kiwifruit plant material to enter the South Island.  All South Island kiwifruit growers are urged to attend this important meeting.

Bryan Parkes from Zespri will be presenting potential pathways and Barry O’Neil from KVH will also present to growers. 

It is important that growers are fully briefed on any potential pathways and there is a strong grower mandate before any further steps are taken.

The meeting will be at the Top 10 Holiday Park conference room, 10 Fearon Street, Motueka on Thursday 22 June at midday. 

Grower News
1 June 2017
KVH at Fieldays
1 June 2017
Barry and the team will be stationed in the Zespri tent at the National Fieldays at Mystery Creek, Hamilton, on Wednesday, June 14, Thursday, June 15 and Friday, June 16. Zespri will host a lunchtime...
KVH at Fieldays
1 June 2017
Barry and the team will be stationed in the Zespri tent at the National Fieldays at Mystery Creek, Hamilton, on Wednesday, June 14, Thursday, June 15 and Friday, June 16. Zespri will host a lunchtime presentation to growers from 12pm each day, where KVH and NZKGI will also speak. Please come and visit the KVH stall for a chat at any point throughout the day – we would be keen to discuss any questions, issues or suggestions you may have about biosecurity.
Grower News
1 June 2017
Hawkes Bay grower meeting
1 June 2017
All growers are urged to attend.   When:      Tuesday 6 June at 4pm Where:     Duke Hotel, 389 Gloucester Street, Taradale   KVH is reviewing the Hawkes Bay...
Hawkes Bay grower meeting
1 June 2017
All growers are urged to attend.
 
When:      Tuesday 6 June at 4pm
Where:     Duke Hotel, 389 Gloucester Street, Taradale
 
KVH is reviewing the Hawkes Bay regional classification to determine if it should change the Hawke’s Bay from a Containment to a Recovery region and is seeking input from growers in the region. Staff from KVH will be presenting at the meeting on what a change in status would mean for the region and is seeking grower feedback.
 
Please take the opportunity to attend and ensure you have an opportunity to contribute to this important discussion.
Grower News
1 June 2017
Remove all unpicked fruit from vines and help protect our Industry
1 June 2017
Growers are reminded of the importance of removing unpicked kiwifruit, including any arguta variety, from vines following harvest.  Fruit left on vines ripens and softens over winter months,...
Remove all unpicked fruit from vines and help protect our Industry
1 June 2017

Growers are reminded of the importance of removing unpicked kiwifruit, including any arguta variety, from vines following harvest.  Fruit left on vines ripens and softens over winter months, allowing birds such as white-eyes or sparrows to feed on the fruit and spread the vine’s seeds through their droppings. This exacerbates the establishment of wild vines, especially where orchards are adjacent to native bush, scrub or forestry blocks.

 
More than $300,000 is invested in wild kiwifruit control annually and we still do not have control over the problem. Contractors in the Bay of Plenty control an average of 11,000 wild vines yearly.  There are increasing reports of wild kiwifruit recorded in the Gisborne and Nelson-Tasman regions, but wild vines can establish wherever kiwifruit is grown.
 
Rules in the National Psa-V Pest Management Plan include the requirement that fruit is removed from vines by 1 July each year. If fruit remains unpicked, it should be dropped to the ground as soon as possible and mulched so that the fruit pulp composts. This avoids any situation of fruit remaining on vines and accessible to birds, resulting in more wild vines.
 
KVH will be following up on any reports of unpicked orchards, or areas within orchards.
Grower News
1 June 2017
Psa risk is high
1 June 2017
Winter is here, bringing cold conditions and plenty of rain - both of which increase the risk of Psa infection and spread. This Whangarei weather station image emphasises this change, predicting...
Psa risk is high
1 June 2017
Winter is here, bringing cold conditions and plenty of rain - both of which increase the risk of Psa infection and spread. This Whangarei weather station image emphasises this change, predicting severe Psa risk for the area throughout the coming week. Heightened risk is also currently predicted for Northland, Gisborne and Hawke’s Bay.
 
All growers should ensure full winter rate coppers are applied, as soon as possible after harvest, to protect fruit stalk wounds and leaf scars through this high-risk period. Include spreaders to improve coverage of these difficult targets and, where leaf condition remains strong, application of Actigard is also recommended. A second application of Actigard can be applied to blocks which harvested early if leaf condition is still strong. Take care to avoid drift to unharvested fruit and wash out spray tanks and spray lines thoroughly to avoid the risk of contamination.
 
In frosted areas or where vines have begun to shut down, ensure further copper is applied as leaves continue to fall. Remember late season canopies are difficult targets and impossible to cover with a single spray. Change direction of sprayer travel in consecutive spray rounds to help improve coverage.
 
Pay special attention to high-risk areas of the orchard, such as those with high levels of leaf spotting through spring, or areas where you have previously cut out infection. Areas with new plantings or newly-grafted blocks also need excellent protection through this period.
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