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Grower News
19 October 2017
Your favourites in one place
19 October 2017
There’s an area of the website for growers that makes it easier and quicker to find useful information. Under the ‘Growers’ tab there is a section called ‘Grower...
Your favourites in one place
19 October 2017

There’s an area of the website for growers that makes it easier and quicker to find useful information.

Under the ‘Growers’ tab there is a section called ‘Grower resources’ where we list quick links to the most viewed and topical documents, videos and news items on the KVH site. Growers can go to this resource page instead of having to search across different website pages and sections to find items of interest.

The page is regularly updated to provide growers with current information.

Grower News
5 October 2017
Zespri OPC spring field days
5 October 2017
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
5 October 2017

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.

Grower News
5 October 2017
Video: world expert helps kiwifruit industry prepare for BMSB
5 October 2017
Last month KVH and Zespri hosted international Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) expert, Dr Tracey Leskey, to refine our approach for managing the pest should it manage to establish in New...
Video: world expert helps kiwifruit industry prepare for BMSB
5 October 2017

Last month KVH and Zespri hosted international Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) expert, Dr Tracey Leskey, to refine our approach for managing the pest should it manage to establish in New Zealand.

During her visit, Dr Leskey presented to kiwifruit growers at The Orchard Church in Te Puke and a new video of her presentation can be viewed
here.

The entomologist and researcher for the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) discussed BMSB with around 100 people who attended the meeting to learn more about the unwanted pests impacts on horticulture, post-harvest facilities, and residential areas in the USA.

Grower News
5 October 2017
Orchard signage: keep it current
5 October 2017
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,...
Orchard signage: keep it current
5 October 2017

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 your local packhouse and from KVH staff at Zespri OPC spring field days.

You are also welcome to pop into the KVH office in Mount Maunganui to collect a sign.

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.

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