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Biosecurity News
18 September 2014
NZ tightens border controls for incoming yachts
18 September 2014
New Zealand is tightening its borders by increasing scrutiny of yachts arriving in Northland this summer as a result of the two Queensland fruit fly detections in Whangarei early this year. This...
NZ tightens border controls for incoming yachts
18 September 2014

New Zealand is tightening its borders by increasing scrutiny of yachts arriving in Northland this summer as a result of the two Queensland fruit fly detections in Whangarei early this year. This follows a review of how the fruit flies could have arrived in New Zealand which KVH participated in.

Eight extra quarantine inspectors will be working in Northland in ‘rummaging teams’, from October to mid-December when the bulk of yachts arrive.

MPI is also training detector dogs, working with locals, the navy and air force and contact yachties before they come to New Zealand.

Click here to read MPI's media release.

Click here to read the full article on the 3 News website.

Company Notices
18 September 2014
KVH Board Associate Director - VACANCY
18 September 2014
KVH have an exciting development opportunity for a future leader within the Kiwifruit Industry. We are seeking an upcoming leader to join the Kiwifruit Vine Health Incorporated & The KVH...
KVH Board Associate Director - VACANCY
18 September 2014

KVH have an exciting development opportunity for a future leader within the Kiwifruit Industry.

We are seeking an upcoming leader to join the Kiwifruit Vine Health Incorporated & The KVH Foundation Incorporated Board of Directors as an Associate Director.

This opportunity arose at the Young Grower of the Year national competition in August where contestants debated the benefits of this approach as part of the competition programme. It was strongly supported by all competitors who encouraged organisations like KVH to develop such an opportunity for future horticultural leaders.

This opportunity will expose the successful applicant to gain experience in governance, leadership and strategy while bringing his/her own industry knowledge and experience to the KVH Board table. 

The Associate Director will also have the opportunity to be mentored by an Industry Leader and receive a contribution from KVH towards their governance training.

This is a non-voting role however the Board seeks full participation in meetings and will welcome constructive contributions from the Associate Director in the workings of the Board.

Click here for a copy of the position description.

Please email your current CV and application letter to info@kvh.org.nz

Applications close 5pm Monday 20 October 2014.

Grower News
18 September 2014
KVH male monitoring reports
18 September 2014
Over the last two weeks KVH has monitored four orchards with Chieftan males as part of an ongoing monitoring programme that has been running for the past two years. Two of the orchards are located in...
KVH male monitoring reports
18 September 2014

Over the last two weeks KVH has monitored four orchards with Chieftan males as part of an ongoing monitoring programme that has been running for the past two years. Two of the orchards are located in high altitude Te Puke, and the other two in Waihi.

All four orchards showed more secondary Psa-V symptoms during this monitoring round than observed at the same time last year. This is consistent with reports received from growers and postharvest over the last two weeks.

Levels of symptoms were higher in Waihi than Te Puke. After reviewing weather data it appears temperatures went below 0°C during nine days in Waihi; and on one day in Te Puke. This occurred between 1 June and 31 August. Both regions had a heavy rainfall event on 19-20August (30mm in Waihi and 19mm Te Puke).

Click here for information about male management in a Psa-V environment

Grower News
18 September 2014
Coromandel update
18 September 2014
A KVH meeting in Coromandel on Tuesday was well-attended by local growers. Psa-V expression in the region has increased significantly over the last month. The region has experienced a cooler and...
Coromandel update
18 September 2014

A KVH meeting in Coromandel on Tuesday was well-attended by local growers. Psa-V expression in the region has increased significantly over the last month.

The region has experienced a cooler and wetter winter than previous years which is seen as a major contributor to the increased levels of Psa-V.
Some orchards that suffered frost shortly after harvest did not have an opportunity to apply an autumn Actigard™. These orchards are showing considerably more Psa-V than those in the same area who did manage to apply Actigard™. 

A number of Hort16A orchards showing increased symptoms are being actively monitored with regular cut-out to remove Psa-V and growers have applied KeyStrepto™.  All but one remaining Hort16A orchard are now notch-grafted and growers are looking to remove susceptible male vines following flowering.

Hayward and Green14 in the region are showing few symptoms at this early stage. The Gold3 grafted in 2012 is generally looking good. However, 2013-grafted Gold3 is showing increasing symptoms with a number of orchards cutting out infected areas.

While in the region KVH also visited a Psa-V positive Hort16A Coromandel orchard.

  • Click here to read the observation report and view images.
Grower News
18 September 2014
Proactive early spray programmes key to Psa-V control
18 September 2014
A focus on spraying at regular intervals from budbreak onwards will provide ongoing protection of expanding leaves and shoots. Leaves in the first week of emergence and up to three weeks old are most...
Proactive early spray programmes key to Psa-V control
18 September 2014

A focus on spraying at regular intervals from budbreak onwards will provide ongoing protection of expanding leaves and shoots. Leaves in the first week of emergence and up to three weeks old are most vulnerable to Psa-V infection.

‘Pulses’ of leaf infection observed in previous years may have been due to high numbers of leaves at this vulnerable stage not being suitably protected through significant infection events. 

Psa-V inoculum on the edges of leaf spots can reactivate in suitable weather conditions and add to the inoculum load within the canopy. This increases the risk of flower bud infection across the spring period. Hayward and Green14 can be particularly vulnerable to this infection.

A full winter rate copper with a spreader applied immediately prior to budburst is highly recommended to protect breaking buds on all varieties.
A following regular programme of coppers, Actigard™ and, in high-risk situations, KeyStrepto™, should be applied through to flowering.

Ambitious may also help reduce leaf spot and may be applied once there is sufficient leaf in the canopy (see photo). Similarly, Actigard™ also requires sufficient leaf cover at time of application to ensure uptake is sufficient to fully activate the vine. Manufacturer recommendation is to apply Actigard™ two to three weeks after bud burst, when leaf diameter is approximately 25mm.

Many Hort16A canopies will already have sufficient leaf for application of these products. AI nozzles and drift-reducing adjuvants must be used until canopy closure to minimise spray drift.  Excellent spray coverage will optimise product efficiency. Use of wetter papers is recommended to check applications.

  • Click here to view the Plant & Food Research report on the influence of leaf age.
Grower News
18 September 2014
KeyStrepto User Guide - new conditions of use
18 September 2014
The KeyStrepto™ User Guide has been updated with the new ACVM conditions of use. The updated User Guide and accompanying grower letter to be distributed through retailers is available on the...
KeyStrepto User Guide - new conditions of use
18 September 2014

The KeyStrepto™ User Guide has been updated with the new ACVM conditions of use. The updated User Guide and accompanying grower letter to be distributed through retailers is available on the KVH website here.

The key change is from 1 October growers must register their intent to spray KeyStrepto™ on the Zespri Canopy or KVH website and orchards may be subject to random audits. The online function will be available from 1 October. Before 1 October, you do not have to register intent online but all requirements and best practices must be followed. Refer to the KeyStrepto™ User Guide, including a Site Inspection Record.

While some of the conditions of use have changed, the responsibility to minimise nectar-bearing flowers such as buttercup and clover is unchanged from previous years.

Other conditions of use

  • KeyStrepto™ is permitted for use on kiwifruit orchards in the North Island only.
  • A maximum of four applications of KeyStrepto™ can be applied each season from 14 June to one week before the first kiwifruit flower opens on the orchard.
  • To prevent resistance developing, you cannot apply more than two consecutive applications of KeyStrepto™ before applying an alternative registered Psa-V product such as copper and Actigard™.
  • Notify neighbours preferably 48 hours before spraying – but at least 12 hours before.
  • Use AI nozzles and drift-reducing surfactants for early-season spraying.
  • A tank mix of KeyStrepto™ and copper is acceptable on the third application of KeyStrepto™.
  • Ensure open flowers in the sward and shelter are kept to an absolute minimum.

Refer to the KeyStrepto™ User Guide for detailed rules of use. Growers are responsible for ensuring all use conditions are complied with.
 

Protocols & Movement Controls
11 September 2014
Mandatory monitoring reporting - now overdue
11 September 2014
Thank you to growers in Exclusion and Containment regions who submitted their mandatory monitoring results to KVH by 10 September. However, there is still a considerable number of outstanding...
Mandatory monitoring reporting - now overdue
11 September 2014

Thank you to growers in Exclusion and Containment regions who submitted their mandatory monitoring results to KVH by 10 September.

However, there is still a considerable number of outstanding results. KVH will follow up with suppliers of those who have not yet submitted results.

Those who have not reported their results can do so through the online website tool on the KVH website.  Click here to access the reporting tool.

Region and percentage of KPINs who have submitted results:

  • Coromandel—82.2%
  • Hawkes Bay—64.7%
  • Kerikeri—82.1%
  • North West Auckland—72%
  • Gisborne—92.4%
  • South Island—30.7%
  • Wanganui/Horowhenua—31.8%
  • Whangarei—78%

 
 

Grower News
11 September 2014
KeyStrepto video presentations available on Canopy
11 September 2014
Shane Max, from Zespri’s Orchard Productivity Centre (OPC) has developed the following two presentation videos about KeyStrepto™: How to use KeyStrepto™—summarising key...
KeyStrepto video presentations available on Canopy
11 September 2014

Shane Max, from Zespri’s Orchard Productivity Centre (OPC) has developed the following two presentation videos about KeyStrepto™:

  • How to use KeyStrepto™—summarising key efficacy information and safe application techniques
  • Alleviating beekeeper concerns—addressing the key concern of KeyStrepto residues showing up in honey

Click here to view the videos on the Zespri Canopy.

Grower News
11 September 2014
OPC Webinar III
11 September 2014
On 3 September Zespri’s OPC team held a webinar on options for Psa-V control which includes the following presentations: Pre-flowering girdling to control bud rot—presented by...
OPC Webinar III
11 September 2014

On 3 September Zespri’s OPC team held a webinar on options for Psa-V control which includes the following presentations:

  • Pre-flowering girdling to control bud rot—presented by Zespri’s Greg Clark
  • CPPU use—presented by Shane Max
  • Antibiotic use—presented by Plant & Food Research’s Joel Vanneste

Click here to access the webinar on YouTube.

Biosecurity News
11 September 2014
Review of NZ import requirements for kiwifruit pollen
11 September 2014
As advised in the KVH Bulletin (31 July) MPI is carrying out two separate processes regarding pollen imports. One is reviewing the import health standard (IHS) for pollen for artificial...
Review of NZ import requirements for kiwifruit pollen
11 September 2014

As advised in the KVH Bulletin (31 July) MPI is carrying out two separate processes regarding pollen imports. One is reviewing the import health standard (IHS) for pollen for artificial pollination.

The importation of pollen into New Zealand remains prohibited as the potential risk of introducing further variants of Psa-V and other pathogens is still unknown.

So far advice has been received from a Technical Working Group made up of experts from the kiwifruit, bee and pollen industries. MPI has drafted an assessment of the potential for Psa to be associated with imported pollen. Other pathogens which may also be associated with imported pollen, and which may impact on the kiwifruit or bee industries have been identified by MPI, but have not yet been assessed.

MPI will provide an update on the assessment process by the end of September.

However, MPI has advised it’s unlikely the current prohibition on importing pollen for pollination will be lifted prior to this pollination season, if at all.
Therefore KVH’s earlier advice to growers for future pollination requirements stands:

  • Manage your male vines—develop low-vigour growing systems
  • Assess the health of your male vines—diseased males can impact future pollination requirements
  • Detecting diseased males early will allow time to assess your future pollination requirements
  • If males need to be cut out, ensure you have a plan for future pollination requirements
  • Order pollen early from KVH-registered pollen providers for future pollination requirements
  • Arrange harvest of early flowers for pollen milling wherever possible
  • Store pollen for next season wherever possible
  • Graft to more Psa-tolerant varieties


 

Biosecurity News
11 September 2014
KVH attends GIA forum
11 September 2014
Last week KVH’s Chief Executive Barry O’Neil and Biosecurity Programmes Manager Andrew Harrison attended the Government Industry Agreement (GIA) Biosecurity Forum in Auckland. More than...
KVH attends GIA forum
11 September 2014

Last week KVH’s Chief Executive Barry O’Neil and Biosecurity Programmes Manager Andrew Harrison attended the Government Industry Agreement (GIA) Biosecurity Forum in Auckland. More than 40 of the 75 attendees were representing primary industry, including many of horticulture’s product groups.

The purpose of the forum is for all GIA signatories to share their understanding of biosecurity; and work together to enhance the system for all, as opposed to bilateral or multilateral collaboration on organism-specific readiness and response activities that will be achieved through Operational Agreements.

Last week’s meeting included an introduction to GIA, an information session on Import Health Standards and a site visit to biosecurity facilities around Auckland Airport.

Key discussion points from the Forum:

  • Two industries have now signed the GIA Deed (kiwifruit and pork) and a number of other groups are expected to sign in the near future.
  • Managing incursion responses under GIA, including rapid industry notification.
  • Principles to guide negotiations around cost sharing and fiscal caps. 
  • A briefing from the horticulture industry on its progress developing the Fruit Fly Operational Agreement.
  • A report from Andrew Coleman, the Ministry for Primary Industries Deputy Director, on his department’s current and planned activities across the biosecurity system.
  • Minimum commitments. KVH and Dairy NZ gave a perspective on what minimum biosecurity commitments should be.

KVH will also attend the next GIA Forum in March 2015.

 

Company Notices
11 September 2014
Zespri Crop Protection Forums
11 September 2014
Zespri is running a number of forums to coincide with the release of the 2014-2015 Zespri Crop Protection Standard. All growers, agrichemical retailers, orchard personnel including contractors,...
Zespri Crop Protection Forums
11 September 2014

Zespri is running a number of forums to coincide with the release of the 2014-2015 Zespri Crop Protection Standard.

All growers, agrichemical retailers, orchard personnel including contractors, advisors and managers are encouraged to attend the Forums which run from Monday 15 to Thursday 25 September.  The forums will be led by Gordon Skipage, Zespri Crop Protection Development Manager.

Agenda:

  • Key changes to the Standard
  • Antibiotic use
  • Integrated pest management
  • Allowed Other Compound product integrity

To register, please go to the Zespri Events booking system www.zesprievents.co.nz and click on the Roadshow Events list. For more information contact Yolanda Wills by email.
 

Kiwifruit Vine Health

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Tel:  0800 665 825
Fax: 07 574 7591

Email: info@kvh.org.nz