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Grower News
18 October 2019
Aureo Gold update
18 October 2019
Zespri has been advised by the supplier of Aureo Gold that they have asked for the return of all batches of Aureo Gold currently in market including stock held by growers. Zespri understands that...
Aureo Gold update
18 October 2019

Zespri has been advised by the supplier of Aureo Gold that they have asked for the return of all batches of Aureo Gold currently in market including stock held by growers.

Zespri understands that this is due to anomalies identified in the testing of the biological product that are unlikely to be resolved before the product begins to deteriorate. Aureo Gold is a cold chain, biological product which will lose efficacy when stored outside of its registered specification. The anomalies identified do not impact the products efficacy or plant safety profile.

Zespri asks that you return any stock on hand to your retailer for a full refund. Zespri is in discussions with the supplier to determine the ongoing availability of Aureo Gold and will advise once we have clarity on supply. If you need to apply a Psa product, please check out the crop protection standard for options. For additional support or advice please contact spraydiary@zespri.com

Biosecurity News
17 October 2019
No new fruit fly interceptions
17 October 2019
Latest border interception information on fruit flies has been published in the October KVH risk update, showing that our biggest threat – the Queensland Fruit Fly – hasn’t been...
No new fruit fly interceptions
17 October 2019

Latest border interception information on fruit flies has been published in the October KVH risk update, showing that our biggest threat – the Queensland Fruit Fly – hasn’t been found at all since the start of the high-risk season which was 1 September 2019.

The new risk update also details the national fruit fly surveillance programme, which involves almost 8,000 pheromone traps checked each fortnight; and an update on operational activities in the Auckland fruit fly response.

Biosecurity News
17 October 2019
Important time for Psa protection
17 October 2019
Cold snaps and windy wet weather have added to vine stress in the past month and for some Hayward growers the first signs of Psa leafspot and sepal infection are evident. These symptoms indicate...
Important time for Psa protection
17 October 2019

Cold snaps and windy wet weather have added to vine stress in the past month and for some Hayward growers the first signs of Psa leafspot and sepal infection are evident. These symptoms indicate infection has occurred in the previous 14 days, and application of Psa products is now important to avoid reinfection which can lead to further leafspot and flower-bud loss. 

On Hayward sites with historically high levels of Psa, monitor vines now and make decisions on pre-flower girdles. Correct application timing is 30 days before flowering.  Use the Psa Risk Model to determine low risk periods for girdling and be sure teams are well supervised and follow good tool hygiene.  

Take care to check young development blocks also as young plants are more susceptible and require ongoing proactive management. Consider bactericides in areas with high levels of infection.

Grower News
17 October 2019
Help us help you - take our survey
17 October 2019
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 focused on raising awareness of good...
Help us help you - take our survey
17 October 2019

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 focused on raising awareness of good biosecurity practices on-orchard and the benefits these can bring.  In doing this, we need help to 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 so that we’re better serving growers by providing the information and resources needed. The same survey is being undertaken by the avocado, passionfruit and forestry sectors so we can compare biosecurity perceptions across industries.

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 online.

The questions in the survey are all optional to answer and you will not be identified in any of the results.

Biosecurity News
17 October 2019
Check nearby pine blocks for wild kiwifruit
17 October 2019
Wild kiwifruit can readily establish in any scrub, native bush or forestry block close to producing orchards.  Over winter, birds sometimes feed on the few fruit missed by the picking team and...
Check nearby pine blocks for wild kiwifruit
17 October 2019

Wild kiwifruit can readily establish in any scrub, native bush or forestry block close to producing orchards. 

Over winter, birds sometimes feed on the few fruit missed by the picking team and spread the seed into nearby areas, especially those within 200 to 400 metres of the orchard.

Kiwifruit seems to prefer an association with pines and will germinate in the needle cast. Contractors record the numbers of plants controlled in various locations, and there are routinely four to five times as many wild kiwifruit seedlings in a pine block compared to native bush.  So, now is a good time to check that nearby forestry block for wild kiwifruit.  The bright emergent leaves are usually quite visible right now.

KVH and all regional councils work together to ensure that wild kiwifruit is destroyed wherever it occurs. Please report infestations to your local regional council biosecurity officer, or to KVH. A photo, map location, or GPS coordinates are extra helpful.

Image: A heavy infestation of wild kiwifruit in a pine block and coming into leaf during spring. This infestation is scheduled for destruction. 

Protocols & Movement Controls
17 October 2019
Reminder of orchard management requirements timeline
17 October 2019
Growers are reminded that one of the requirements within the National Psa-V Pest Management Plan (NPMP) is to ensure that kiwifruit orchards meet required management standards. Any orchards...
Reminder of orchard management requirements timeline
17 October 2019

Growers are reminded that one of the requirements within the National Psa-V Pest Management Plan (NPMP) is to ensure that kiwifruit orchards meet required management standards.

Any orchards unpicked and unpruned are in breach of KVH requirements that they be picked by 1 July; pruned and tied down (female vines) by 1 October yearly; and a crop protection product, effective against Psa applied at least yearly.

If you are aware of any unmanaged or abandoned kiwifruit orchards, please contact KVH. If an orchardist or orchard manager thinks they are unable to meet all requirements, contact KVH so that we are aware of your situation and can discuss and agree a way forward.

Grower News
17 October 2019
Kiwifruit Biosecurity Grower Day
17 October 2019
We look forward to seeing those of you who have registered for the sold-out grower biosecurity day next week as part of the region’s Spotlight on Biosecurity events. Date: Wednesday 23 October...
Kiwifruit Biosecurity Grower Day
17 October 2019

We look forward to seeing those of you who have registered for the sold-out grower biosecurity day next week as part of the region’s Spotlight on Biosecurity events.

Date: Wednesday 23 October 2019
Time: 9.00am – 1.00pm
Location: Mount Surf Club, 21 Adams Avenue, Mount Maunganui – Downstairs Function Room

The session will commence at 9.00am. Please allow plenty of time for parking and getting to the venue. Unfortunately, there is not any allocated parking, although you may park in the Surf Club carpark if there are spaces available.

Grower News
17 October 2019
Your free 2020 calendar
17 October 2019
If you or your organisation would like one of the fantastic, bright and colourful Port of Tauranga Biosecurity Excellence 2020 unwanted pest calendars (created by KVH, Biosecurity New Zealand and the...
Your free 2020 calendar
17 October 2019

If you or your organisation would like one of the fantastic, bright and colourful Port of Tauranga Biosecurity Excellence 2020 unwanted pest calendars (created by KVH, Biosecurity New Zealand and the Port of Tauranga) send us an email letting us know your postal address and we’ll get one in the mail to you.

We’ll also have the calendars at next weeks Biosecurity Week events so be sure to collect one if you’re coming along. 

Biosecurity News
17 October 2019
In the news
17 October 2019
First visa cancellation for biosecurity breach: Officials at Sydney International Airport have used new legislation to cancel a passenger’s visitor visa for the first time because of a serious...
In the news
17 October 2019

First visa cancellation for biosecurity breach: Officials at Sydney International Airport have used new legislation to cancel a passenger’s visitor visa for the first time because of a serious biosecurity breach. The passenger, a 45-year-old woman from Vietnam, had her visitor visa cancelled for failing to declare an extensive cache of food concealed in her luggage, including over 4.5 kilos of pork. 

Travellers returning from Rugby World Cup urged to look out for sneaky stink bug: New Zealanders travelling to the Rugby World Cup in Japan are being urged to keep an eye out for an unwanted hitchhiker which could devastate the agriculture industry. The Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) is a major concern to primary industry groups because it can destroy fruit and vegetable crops and Biosecurity Minister, Damien O'Connor said with the high-risk season for the bug underway, biosecurity officials were on high alert to keep it out of the country.

Mount Maunganui 'could slide into the ocean' if myrtle rust kills pōhutakawa: There are grave concerns for the health of one of New Zealand's iconic maunga, or mountains, as the country struggles to stop the spread of myrtle rust. If the disease takes hold in the Bay of Plenty, the landscape may change forever says Carlton Bidois from the Tauranga Moana Biosecurity Capital initiative.

Biosecurity News
3 October 2019
Challenging spring conditions
3 October 2019
The hail event in the Hawkes Bay this week is a reminder of the fickleness of spring weather, with extreme events like this increasing Psa risk through the creation of wounds via leaf shatter....
Challenging spring conditions
3 October 2019

The hail event in the Hawkes Bay this week is a reminder of the fickleness of spring weather, with extreme events like this increasing Psa risk through the creation of wounds via leaf shatter.

Affected growers should apply a Psa protectant as soon possible, and on sites where Psa risk is higher bactericides should be considered. If growers are planning to use bio stimulants to help recover vines a reminder to ensure a 7-day window is maintained between these and copper. Actigard may also be applied once vines start to recover.

Looking ahead to next week, the Psa Risk Model again predicts moderate to high-risk weather in many areas particularly in the Waikato and Bay of Plenty. 

Biosecurity News
3 October 2019
BMSB in the Bay
3 October 2019
Remain calm, we’re fortunately not talking about the real thing. The Tauranga Moana Biosecurity Capital (TMBC) team KVH is part of has had a banner installed on one of the GrainCorp silos in...
BMSB in the Bay
3 October 2019

Remain calm, we’re fortunately not talking about the real thing.

The Tauranga Moana Biosecurity Capital (TMBC) team KVH is part of has had a banner installed on one of the GrainCorp silos in Mount Maunganui, raising awareness about the importance of keeping New Zealand stink bug free.

We’re in the high-risk season for Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) and the banner includes a giant image showing what to look out for, as well as the tag line ‘catch it snap it report it’ and the number for the Biosecurity New Zealand 0800 hotline.  To top it all off and add to the visual there are also several stink bugs (stickers) crawling their way round the tank.

The banner is in a high traffic area (along Hewletts Road, near the corner of Totara Street) and we’ve already had a lot of great feedback about how noticeable it is.  It will be up for a few more weeks, until the end of the regions Spotlight on Biosecurity Week in late October.

You may have also read in SunLive over the weekend an article about the banner and work being done by industry groups to keep this unwanted pest out of New Zealand.

Biosecurity News
3 October 2019
Identifying pampas from the native toetoe in early October
3 October 2019
Now is a good time to identify the South American pampas – an invasive plant with seeds causing problems for pack-houses at picking time.  The wind-borne seeds attached to fruit are a...
Identifying pampas from the native toetoe in early October
3 October 2019

Now is a good time to identify the South American pampas – an invasive plant with seeds causing problems for pack-houses at picking time. 

The wind-borne seeds attached to fruit are a serious reject factor, excluding fruit from some markets.  Make sure that you can identify pampas and destroy all plants growing near your orchard.

Pampas flower heads emerged earlier this year (March/April) but are still very upright and although weather-beaten, remain quite cone-shaped. 

Toetoe flowered in November/December and the flag-like flower heads have all but disintegrated. Toetoe will flower again in the next two months.

Control pampas by carefully applying glyphosate herbicide, one part to 50 parts water (2%). Some contractors manage to chainsaw it off at ground level and apply one-part glyphosate to 20 parts water to the basal leaves.  Wear protective clothing/gloves if getting into pampas.

If you can see lots of upright flower heads in early October, it’s pampas.

 

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Kiwifruit Vine Health

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Tauranga 3116

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Fax: 07 574 7591

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