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Grower News
4 October 2018
Your grower day invite
4 October 2018
Join KVH and Zespri, as well as special guest speakers, for a day dedicated to learning more about the initiatives underway to protect our industry from unwanted pests and diseases. The day will...
Your grower day invite
4 October 2018

Join KVH and Zespri, as well as special guest speakers, for a day dedicated to learning more about the initiatives underway to protect our industry from unwanted pests and diseases.

The day will cover KVH readiness activities and how these relate to Tauranga Moana Biosecurity Capital and the national This Is Us TV campaign; research into soil-borne diseases and the importance of traceability; BMSB preparedness and on-orchard management; and latest news and lessons from offshore with guest presenters, including Dr Anne Neilsen from Rutgers University in New Jersey.

View the event flyer for more details and please share the information with any grower you think may be interested in attending.

Where: The Orchard Church, Te Puke
When: Thursday 18 October, 9am – midday with lunch provided
RSVP: email events@zespri.com by Friday 12 October

Grower News
4 October 2018
Zespri OPC spring field days
4 October 2018
Zespri’s OPC team will be holding spring field days through October in all growing regions. Click here for timings of a field day near you and take the opportunity to talk with other growers...
Zespri OPC spring field days
4 October 2018

Zespri’s OPC team will be holding spring field days through October in all growing regions. Click here for timings of a field day near you and take the opportunity to talk with other growers about orchard management plans for this spring.

KVH staff will also be at some field days, sharing information about Psa management during spring; the importance of comprehensive spray programmes; and the high-risk pests to be on the lookout for over the coming months. View the KVH spring flyer here. 

Grower News
4 October 2018
Your free 2019 calendar
4 October 2018
If you or your organisation would like one of the fantastic, bright and colourful KVH and Port community 2019 unwanted pest calendars, pick one up at the Kiwifruit Biosecurity Grower Day or send us...
Your free 2019 calendar
4 October 2018

If you or your organisation would like one of the fantastic, bright and colourful KVH and Port community 2019 unwanted pest calendars, pick one up at the Kiwifruit Biosecurity Grower Day or send us an email letting us know your postal address and we’ll get one in the mail to you.

Grower News
20 September 2018
Don't be afraid to report suspect finds
20 September 2018
We understand that reporting a potential biosecurity threat can create anxiety for some growers, who may worry about potential implications or movement controls that may result.  The sooner you...
Don't be afraid to report suspect finds
20 September 2018

We understand that reporting a potential biosecurity threat can create anxiety for some growers, who may worry about potential implications or movement controls that may result.  The sooner you alert us to anything unusual, the more we can do to help you. Early detection is key to eradication – if we don’t report and miss this window, any one of a number of unwanted pests could establish and be a challenge we have to deal with forever.

KVH has developed ’Kiwifruit’s Most Unwanted’ information and fact sheets, which are available on the KVH website. While these organisms are considered the greatest potential threats to the kiwifruit industry, the next incursion we face could be another damaging pest or disease not yet on our radar. Look out for plants displaying any unusual symptoms and pests not commonly seen.

Grower News
20 September 2018
Reminder of pruning and tying down timeline
20 September 2018
Growers are reminded that one of the requirements within the National Psa-V Pest Management Plan (NPMP) is that orchards are pruned and tied down by 1 October yearly.  KVH is aware that pruning...
Reminder of pruning and tying down timeline
20 September 2018

Growers are reminded that one of the requirements within the National Psa-V Pest Management Plan (NPMP) is that orchards are pruned and tied down by 1 October yearly.  KVH is aware that pruning and tying down is still being completed on some orchards. If an orchardist or orchard manager thinks they are unlikely to meet the 1 October timeframe, contact KVH by email so that we are aware of your situation and can discuss and agree a way forward.

Grower News
20 September 2018
Free orchard signage
20 September 2018
Good biosecurity practice includes managing risk by restricting access to orchards. As part of this you should check contact details on your orchard gate signs are up-to-date. Orchard visitors,...
Free orchard signage
20 September 2018

Good biosecurity practice includes managing risk by restricting access to orchards. As part of this you should check contact details on your orchard gate signs are up-to-date.

Orchard visitors, harvest staff and contractors need to know and follow your hygiene requirements.

KVH has produced new signage highlighting the need for visitors to make contact before entering and the biosecurity risk posed by plant, vehicle and people movements. If you would like new signs, they are available free of charge from KVH by phoning 0800 665 825 or feel free to email us.

Grower News
20 September 2018
Whangarei grower meeting
20 September 2018
KVH Chief Executive, Stu Hutchings and Biosecurity Manager, Matt Dyck will be hosting a Whangarei grower meeting Thursday 4 October to meet with growers and discuss a recent Psa positive result on a...
Whangarei grower meeting
20 September 2018

KVH Chief Executive, Stu Hutchings and Biosecurity Manager, Matt Dyck will be hosting a Whangarei grower meeting Thursday 4 October to meet with growers and discuss a recent Psa positive result on a third orchard (which is currently under investigation). They will also discuss a possible change in regional status and the plant movement pathway.

All Whangarei growers and post-harvest representatives are welcome to attend.

Where: A’Fare Function & Catering, 197 Lower Dent Street, Whangarei
When: Thursday 4 October 2018, 10.30am to 12.30pm, with coffee and savouries on arrival 

Grower News
6 September 2018
Know your orchard weeds: cleavers
6 September 2018
Orchard owners, managers and their teams are, year-by-year, battling a range of weeds within the orchard, ensuring they don’t take over.  It’s good to know a bit more about the...
Know your orchard weeds: cleavers
6 September 2018

Orchard owners, managers and their teams are, year-by-year, battling a range of weeds within the orchard, ensuring they don’t take over.  It’s good to know a bit more about the plants we often battle.

You know early spring has arrived when the weed known as cleavers (Galium aparine) grows up into and from shelter belts.  This scrambling annual weed is a native of temperate Europe and Asia and was one of our earliest established weeds – first noticed about 140 years ago.  It is a nuisance plant but one that can completely smother lower trunks and branches of especially shelter trees.

Cleavers is one of those “sticky” plants. Stems are square with inconspicuous hooked prickles on the four corners. Leaves are arranged in groups of five to eight around the stem and have backward pointing hairs which enable the leaf to readily cling to clothing. The green fruits are small (5mm across) and densely covered in hooked bristles that again stick to clothing, fur or wool.

The stems, which can grow to 2m or more long, tend to break from the parent plant very easily. 

Cleavers is often confused with the native biddibiddi (Acaena novae-zelandiae) – also known as piripiri - but it has very much smaller fruits or bidibids.

The hooked bristles are a very effective mechanism to ensure the spread of cleavers. Most orchardists have brushed off dozens of small round fruits from their jerseys or shirts before going indoors.

Cleavers are quite easily hand-weeded. Just pull the stems, trace back to the rooted portion and pull this from the ground – best undertaken while the ground is damp. It is more persistent where the broken stems and fruits are left within a shelter belt.  Persistent hand weeding will eventually reduce infestations.

Glyphosate is effective but the addition of a penetrant or spreader is essential.  Any over-spray could harm other desirable plants, so care is essential.

KVH thanks Tim Senior, Bay of Plenty Regional Council, for some information reproduced here.

Grower News
6 September 2018
Save the date: Join us for the biggest biosecurity update of the year
6 September 2018
The event will be held Thursday 18 October 2018 and more details will be provided very soon. KVH and Zespri are hosting the inaugural Kiwifruit Biosecurity Grower Update, a day dedicated to learning...
Save the date: Join us for the biggest biosecurity update of the year
6 September 2018

The event will be held Thursday 18 October 2018 and more details will be provided very soon.

KVH and Zespri are hosting the inaugural Kiwifruit Biosecurity Grower Update, a day dedicated to learning and sharing all the great work underway to protect New Zealand’s kiwifruit industry from unwanted pests and disease threats.

What are we doing to prepare for threats to kiwifruit? When do we work with government and other horticulture industries? How do our innovation and research programmes help us? What are our most unwanted pests and how do we keep them out? Why is traceability so important and how can it help us? Feature presentations and interactive sessions will cover all this and more.

Grower News
23 August 2018
Psa research update
23 August 2018
Around 80 growers and technical reps attended the KVH/Zespri-run Psa research update held at Baypark this week. Growers heard from speakers who outlined the latest progress on several research...
Psa research update
23 August 2018

Around 80 growers and technical reps attended the KVH/Zespri-run Psa research update held at Baypark this week.

Growers heard from speakers who outlined the latest progress on several research projects currently underway, including copper and other product resistance and the breeding programme.

Paul Hassan from Syngenta outlined systemicity and crop safety of Actigard, and Stephen Hoyte presented on Aureo Gold, a yeast-based product currently moving towards registration as an additional Psa product.

Attendees were also given an update on the GoldFutures project by Stephen Hoyte from Plant and Food Research. This project recommends “best practice” Psa management backed by findings from 10 Gold3 orchard pairs across six growing regions. Frost and budrot projects as well as a review of the possible role of guttation in the disease cycle were also presented providing good insight into advances in our understanding of Psa.

A summary of the meeting along with the presentations and a video taken on the day will be available on the both the KVH and Zespri canopy websites soon.

Grower News
23 August 2018
Purchasing plants?
23 August 2018
KVH has been made aware of the theft of kiwifruit plants from a nursery recently. We remind all growers that only Kiwifruit Plant Certificaton Scheme (KPCS) certified plants should be sourced, from...
Purchasing plants?
23 August 2018

KVH has been made aware of the theft of kiwifruit plants from a nursery recently. We remind all growers that only Kiwifruit Plant Certificaton Scheme (KPCS) certified plants should be sourced, from KPCS nurseries. All plants come with dispatch records from the nursery, including batch information which is vital for traceability in the event of an incursion. These should be filed with GAP records.

For growers wishing to purchase plants, there is a list of nurseries who have met the KPCS Full Certification requirements on the KVH website. Restricted certification plants are available from nurseries named in the Restricted Certification Nursery List. These plants can only go to Psa-V positive orchards.

Grower News
9 August 2018
Psa research update
9 August 2018
KVH and the Zespri innovation team continue to further understand Psa through science and research and invite growers to an update to hear from scientists on progress in this area and where to next....
Psa research update
9 August 2018

KVH and the Zespri innovation team continue to further understand Psa through science and research and invite growers to an update to hear from scientists on progress in this area and where to next. As this event is a research update the content will have a strong emphasis on science.

To attend the update, please register for free here.

Where: ASB Arena, 81 Truman Lane, Mount Maunganui
When: Tursday 21 August 2018, 9.30am to midday

Kiwifruit Vine Health

Suite 3, Level 1, Customhouse Building
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