The Psa-V Seasonal Management Guide for 2015-16 is now available on the KVH website.
Growers should have also received the Wall Planner version through the post.
Click on the links below to access the new seasonal management material.
Tayah Ryan from Fruitfed Supplies set up a time-lapse in spring 2014 to capture the expression of sepal browning and leaf spot in Hayward kiwifruit. The plant in the time-lapse is an untreated control vine as part of a research trial.
It is interesting to see the timing of infection in relation to rainfall as well as the severity of symptom expression in what was largely seen as a low pressure season. This visualisation is a reminder of what spring can bring.
Crop protection products available this season will be discussed at the upcoming industry meeting.
Click here to watch the time-lapse video.
Growers are encouraged to attend the spring Psa industry meeting to keep up to date with the latest R&D, Psa orchard management and recommendations for managing product resistance.
Presenters are Barry O’Neil (KVH), Joel Vanneste (Plant & Food Research), Elaine Gould and Greg Clark (Zespri).
Key topics covered:
Tea and coffee available from 2.30pm and following the meeting
To ensure KVH statistics are accurate, growers and Psa managers of ‘not detected’ orchards in recovery regions are asked to verify their orchard Psa-V status and update KVH if this has changed.
Recovery region and no. of not detected orchards
The Psa-V Seasonal Management Guide for 2015-16 is being finalised and will be available on the KVH website next week. Growers will also receive the Wall Planner version through the post.
The Psa-V Seasonal Management Guide outlines best practice for managing Psa-V and updated product rates and use conditions for the coming season.
KVH has also developed a document: Best Practice Advice—Management to limit resistance to Psa-V control products. This Guide will be enclosed in the grower mail-out and will also be available on the KVH website from next week.
MPI has firmed up details about how they will spend new biosecurity funding under Budget 2015 and there will be a raft of new measures to make it harder for air passengers to bring risk goods into New Zealand. This includes trials to test 100% x-raying of arriving baggage, more dogs and mobile x-ray machines.
The trial of 100% x-raying will test its effectiveness in conjunction with the improved border measures, and help MPI understand the logistical challenges involved. Recent statistics on the warnings and fines issued to passengers highlighted the enduring biosecurity threat posed at the border by passengers.
Read more about MPI’s border updates here.
KVH has just completed a monitoring round of Gold3 and Hayward vines across the Bay of Plenty, including orchards from Maketu, Edgecumbe, Waihi and Opotiki.
Cane dieback and fresh exudate (often from multiple points) were obvious on many male vines and some female vines. Reports of similar symptoms have been received from Waikato and Katikati orchards.
With spring around the corner, growers are advised to carefully monitor areas of their orchards where they have had symptoms in the past.
Information on Psa-V management will be covered in the upcoming spring Psa industry meeting on Wednesday 2 September.
Following a recent review, the VLS Psa/microbiology laboratory owned by Seeka Kiwifruit Industries permanently closed on Monday 17 August.
VLS has provided a significant service to the industry during challenging times and has worked closely with KVH over the last four and a half years.
KVH would like to thank VLS, in particular Shalinee Dowlut and Murray Judd, for their testing service and contribution to the R&D programme.
A Psa testing service is still available from Hill Laboratories.
Congratulations to Craig Ward from Apata Group Ltd for winning the NZ Young Fruit Grower of the Year competition at the recent national competition in Christchurch. Craig also came runner-up for the overall NZ Young Grower competition.
Craig represented the Bay of Plenty in the national comp and was up against fruit growers from Otago, Nelson, Hawkes Bay and Gisborne.
New biosecurity measures will be introduced by the Ministry for Primary Industries to make it tougher for air passengers to bring goods into New Zealand that could carry pests or diseases. The measures are the result of new biosecurity funding from the government’s 2015 budget.
The planned new biosecurity measures include:
Click here for more details on MPI’s website.
Import requirements for Mexican grapes may change following the detection of a black widow spider by a member of the public in some Mexican red seedless grapes.
More than 20 spiders were subsequently detected in imported Mexican grapes around the country.
MPI has an investigation underway and the results may see changes to the import health standard requirements. However it is too early to confirm what course of action MPI will take.
In the case of Mexico grapes, current requirement is for MPI officers (based in Arizona) to verify the fruit is free of pests, as certified by the Mexican government.
If regulated pests (including spiders) are detected, the consignment is not allowed to be exported. MPI has been fumigating all imports of this season’s Mexican grapes at the border since the discovery of the spiders.
The following notices will be published in the New Zealand Gazette following the approval of the grower levies at the KVH AGM held on 23 July 2015:
Pursuant to section 9 of the Biosecurity (Psa-V – Kiwifruit Levy) Order 2013, it was resolved at the Annual General Meeting of Kiwifruit Vine Health Incorporated on 23rd July 2015, that the levy rate for the 2016 levy year (commencing on 1 January 2016 and ending on 31 December 2016) apply at the rate of 0.28 cents per kilogram (1 cent per tray equivalent) to all varieties, or cultivars, of green kiwifruit (Actinidia deliciosa) exported to any place other than Australia, and at the rate of 0.56 cents per kilogram (2 cents per tray equivalent) to all varieties, or cultivars, of gold and red kiwifruit (Actinidia chinensis) exported to any place other than Australia. Barry O’Neil, Chief Executive Officer, Kiwifruit Vine Health Incorporated. PO Box 4246, Mount Maunganui, NZ.
Pursuant to section 10 of the Biosecurity (Readiness and Response – Kiwifruit Levy) Order 2015, it was resolved at the Annual General Meeting of Kiwifruit Vine Health Incorporated on 23rd July 2015, that the levy rate for the 2016 levy year (commencing on 1 April 2016 and ending on 31 March 2017) apply at the rate of 0.16 cents per kilogram (0.6 cents per tray equivalent) for all varieties of kiwifruit of the genus Actinidia, except Actinidia Arguta, exported to markets other than Australia. Barry O’Neil, Chief Executive Officer, Kiwifruit Vine Health Incorporated. PO Box 4246, Mount Maunganui, NZ.