The KVH Board of Directors is very pleased to announce the appointment of Peter Silcock as an Independent Director.
Peter is the Chief Executive of Horticulture New Zealand, the industry representative body for New Zealand’s 5000 commercial fruit and vegetable growers.
The KVH Board believes Peter will make a significant contribution to the strategic approach being pursued by KVH in the area of wider biosecurity risk management for the kiwifruit industry.
Peter’s knowledge and understanding of the commercial horticulture sector in New Zealand is considerable and highly respected by growers, colleagues and government agencies.
The KVH Board welcomes Jarred Mair, MPI’s representative to the KVH Board.
Jarred is the Director of Sector Policy within MPI’s Policy Branch. He leads a team of policy, competition and economic experts to provide advice and economic analysis to support primary sector growth.
Jarred was previously an Associate Director at Deloitte New Zealand leading a team specialising in economic development, strategy and operations, and New Zealand’s primary sector development.
During this period Jarred headed the development of national strategies for Horticulture and Red Meat and developed and implemented several large innovation programmes to transform the performance and structure of New Zealand’s meat sector.
The KVH Board is also pleased to announce Lorry Leydon as its new Associate Director. Lorry’s appointment becomes effective in January 2015.
The selection panel were overwhelmed by the calibre of all the applications and Lorry was selected after a rigorous recruitment process. It was pleasing to recognise many of the industry’s future leaders through this process, indicating the future of the industry is in good hands!
The purpose of this newly created role is to provide a development opportunity for a future leader to gain experience in governance, leadership and strategy while bringing their own industry knowledge to the KVH Board table.
Lorry is a Client Services Manager and Psa Technical Officer at DMS Progrowers Ltd. The KVH Board looks forward to welcoming Lorry to the Board table in January.
Samples of infected Hayward flower buds taken from a site with extensive leaf-spotting and flower-bud browning were tested and showed Psa-V levels of 3.3 x10⁷ on the surface of the flower buds.
This inoculum level is very high and similar to levels used experimentally to inoculate in potted plant trials. The result illustrates potential levels of inoculum in canopies with severe leaf-spotting and the value of effective spray programmes.
Trials continue this season to identify spray programmes that provide efficacy in minimising Psa-V infection through spring. These provide evidence of the value for growers of maintaining a proactive programme to protect vines from leaf and bud infection.
A short video demonstrating the effectiveness of spray applications in Psa-V management compares the health of vines sprayed and unsprayed rows and is available on the ZESPRI Canopy here.
As leaf spot can continue to be an inoculum source, with the edges of spots producing inoculum when high-risk weather conditions favour Psa-V multiplication, continuation of copper spray programmes beyond fruit set are recommended . Copper should be applied at summer rates in response to high-risk weather. An application is recommended following male pruning to protect wounds. Frequency of sprays can reduce as temperatures increase and moisture levels fall reducing Psa-V infection risk.
The KVH Psa-V Risk Model can be used as a guide for growers in planning timing of orchard activities.
KVH staff visited the Opotiki region this week to discuss how Psa-V was progressing in the region this year. Growers generally commented that although leaf spotting had become more prevalent in the last few weeks, the level of flower-bud infection was thought to be lower than last year on both Hayward and G14 orchards visited.
Overall, orchard managers were pleased with the level of Psa-V control being achieved through the use of comprehensive spray programmes despite wetter and colder spring conditions than in past years.
As with other regions, stressed blocks showed higher levels of Psa-V. One very cold block on tough soil showed around 30% flower-bud drop. This illustrates the effects of environmental impacts on disease expression.
Improved orchard drainage (pictured) was seen as an opportunity to improve general vine health and reduce vine susceptibility to Psa-V.
Ambitious has been widely used in the region as part of protective spray programmes and also as a tool to improve overall leaf health. Good results were being achieved on many orchards. Excellent male management has also assured good pollen supply from orchards in the region.
KVH Incorporated (KVHI) and The KVH Foundation Incorporated (KVHF) held its Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 26 November. All resolutions put forward to the members were approved.