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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.

 

Protocols & Movement Controls
3 October 2019
Mandatory monitroing reminder
3 October 2019
All growers in Exclusion regions and all growers with ‘Not Detected’ orchards in all regions are required to carry out a round of Psa mandatory monitoring from mid-September with results...
Mandatory monitroing reminder
3 October 2019

All growers in Exclusion regions and all growers with ‘Not Detected’ orchards in all regions are required to carry out a round of Psa mandatory monitoring from mid-September with results due to KVH by Thursday 31 October.

To assist growers, an online monitoring form is available here. Please call KVH on 0800 665 825 if you have any questions or require assistance to complete the form.

If Psa-like symptoms are found for the first time on an orchard, report these to KVH. Growers can also contact their pack-house technical representative for advice and sample collection if required.

Biosecurity News
3 October 2019
Week long Spotlight on Biosecurity
3 October 2019
The Tauranga Moana Biosecurity Capital (TMBC) Spotlight on Biosecurity week will get underway Monday 21 October, with a range of local activities celebrating biosecurity awareness and the role...
Week long Spotlight on Biosecurity
3 October 2019

The Tauranga Moana Biosecurity Capital (TMBC) Spotlight on Biosecurity week will get underway Monday 21 October, with a range of local activities celebrating biosecurity awareness and the role everyone in the community plays in protecting our local environment and economy from biosecurity threats.

There will be a symposium celebrating the first anniversary of the initiative on the Tuesday. The event will bring together iwi, business and community groups as well as environmental and biosecurity/biodiversity leaders to showcase how biosecurity capability is being built across the region and the gains that have been made in the last 12 months.

There are two other key activities during the week KVH is heavily involved in – one is the Kiwifruit Grower Biosecurity Day on the Wednesday which will include an exclusive session with Professor Acelino Alfenas from Clonar / University of Vicosa, Brazil who will discuss research into Brazilian Wilt, a soil-borne disease of concern, and the importance of traceability. Presentations will also cover BMSB preparedness and on-orchard management, plus latest news and lessons from research initiatives. (This event is a sellout but you can waitlist.) 

The other is the Port of Tauranga Biosecurity Excellence programme, which as per previous years involves the Port, KVH and Biosecurity New Zealand working with Port staff and contractors during the week to raise awareness of the importance of best-practice when it comes to biosecurity vigilance, what pests to be on the lookout for, and how to report unusual finds.

Learn more about TMBC’s pioneering approach to biosecurity in this One News video.

Biosecurity News
3 October 2019
Biosecurity agenda at international kiwifruit meeting
3 October 2019
KVH Chief Executive Stu Hutchings discussed New Zealand’s biosecurity activities at the 38th International Kiwifruit Organization (IKO) meeting in Italy recently. Also attended by NZKGI and...
Biosecurity agenda at international kiwifruit meeting
3 October 2019

KVH Chief Executive Stu Hutchings discussed New Zealand’s biosecurity activities at the 38th International Kiwifruit Organization (IKO) meeting in Italy recently.

Also attended by NZKGI and Zespri representatives, the annual meeting provides an opportunity for international counterparts from countries where kiwifruit is grown to share news and opportunities. Stu provided an update about how we manage Psa, the Auckland fruit fly responses, our preparedness planning for Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) and the successful application late last year for the use of the Samurai Wasp in the event of an incursion, and emerging risks.

Following the meeting, Stu visited kiwifruit orchards and nurseries around Bologna and Cisterna. BMSB continues to create crop damage and fruit drop across a range of horticulture industries - including kiwifruit - while the development of kiwifruit vine decline syndrome or Moria Disease in some orchards in the north of Italy and latterly moving south into the Latina region is also causing concern.

The significance of these pests and diseases cannot be underestimated and the visits provided excellent opportunity to talk to local experts and understand the research going into developing early detection and management methodology.

You can read more about the success of the IKO meeting in FruitNet news here.

Biosecurity News
3 October 2019
Connecting biosecurity knowledge across communities
3 October 2019
Last month KVH attended the 2019 APEN (Australia-Pacific Extension Network) conference in Darwin. This visit to the Top End offered a chance to meet and learn from a diverse range of extension...
Connecting biosecurity knowledge across communities
3 October 2019

Last month KVH attended the 2019 APEN (Australia-Pacific Extension Network) conference in Darwin. This visit to the Top End offered a chance to meet and learn from a diverse range of extension professionals from primary industries, education and research groups from across Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific.

Themed Extending horizons, the conference emphasis was on the value of connecting growers and communities with research, tools and technologies to allow them to prepare for and prosper through changes affecting primary industries now and into the future.

Keynote speakers acknowledged climate change, biosecurity, retention of licence to operate and sustainability as current and future challenges and pointed to the value of working collaboratively within industry and with governments to bring about new and better practices. 

Creating networks that encompass diverse views and learning to move past resistance to change were considered important tasks for primary industries as together everyone works towards feeding local and global populations into the future.

The 196 delegates shared 19 hours of presentations, and amazing “only in the Northern territory” field trips to a crocodile farm, the buffalo dairy industry, Adelaide river wetlands, the Darwin aquaculture centre and Darwin’s medical research institute which is a global leader in tropical research.

Company Notices
3 October 2019
KiwiNet national award finalist
3 October 2019
KiwiNet - the kiwifruit industry’s network of biosecurity advocates and trained responders to incursions, managed by KVH - was announced last week as a finalist in the industry category for the...
KiwiNet national award finalist
3 October 2019

KiwiNet - the kiwifruit industry’s network of biosecurity advocates and trained responders to incursions, managed by KVH - was announced last week as a finalist in the industry category for the 2019 Biosecurity Awards.

We're delighted to share this news because KiwiNet is made up of more than 30 organisations from across the kiwifruit industry, most of whom have contributed staff and resources to the recent fruit fly responses in Auckland, and is a true example of how much can be achieved when an industry works together as one.

You can read more about KiwiNet, including some profiles from people within the industry who were recently in Auckland working on the fruit fly responses here.

There is more good news – Tauranga Moana Biosecurity Capital (TMBC) has also been announced as a finalist in the community award category for new projects. We’ve been a member of TMBC since the creation of the initiative, which brings together a coalition of willing groups and establishes Tauranga Moana iwi at the centre of our regional biosecurity team. As well as iwi, members include community groups, industry, businesses, agencies, educators, scientists and others striving to achieve biosecurity excellence.

The Biosecurity Awards take place Monday 4 November when winners will be announced at an event in Auckland.

Company Notices
3 October 2019
KVH Associate Director vacancy
3 October 2019
KVH has 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 Board of...
KVH Associate Director vacancy
3 October 2019

KVH has 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 Board of Directors as an Associate Director. 

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 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. 

For further information please view the position description or contact Jacqui Craig at KVH on 0800 665 825. 

To apply, please email your current CV and application letter to Jacqui Craig.

Applications close Friday 25 October 2019.

Grower News
26 September 2019
Aureo Gold update
26 September 2019
UPL, the suppliers of Aureo Gold, last week recalled a batch of the product (X802F4), and are running further testing on all Aureo Gold stock to check that it's in specification. At this stage...
Aureo Gold update
26 September 2019

UPL, the suppliers of Aureo Gold, last week recalled a batch of the product (X802F4), and are running further testing on all Aureo Gold stock to check that it's in specification.

At this stage they don't have a date when stock will be available, but testing will take at least three weeks.

Zespri recommends growers hold off using any stock you have (including if it's from a different batch) until advised otherwise.

Organic growers have the option of using copper (although note that the annual limit for active copper is now reduced to 3kg/ha), while up till flowering conventional growers have a wider range of products to choose from. Check the Crop Protection Standard for options and rates. 

Grower News
20 September 2019
Aureo Gold advice
20 September 2019
Zespri have today issued a special edition of KiwiTips adivising they have received notification that one of the batches of Aureo Gold recently imported into New Zealand is out of specification. If...
Aureo Gold advice
20 September 2019

Zespri have today issued a special edition of KiwiTips adivising they have received notification that one of the batches of Aureo Gold recently imported into New Zealand is out of specification.

If you've purchased this product, you may already have been contacted by your retailer about this.

Zespri are waiting for more information, but in the meantime, they suggest you don't use any product you have on hand.

For now there's not much to tell you but the following is recommend:
•    If you have stock on hand, hold off applying it until more is known.
•    If you have applied Aureo Gold already, let Zespri know. If you would like to speak to someone, you can call Mel Walker (Zespri's crop protection advisor) on 021 1822 343, or email spraydiary@zespri.com.

If you need to apply a Psa protectant product, check out the Crop Protection Standard for options - there are plenty available at this time of the season for conventional growers. 

Biosecurity News
19 September 2019
Your new seasonal management guide
19 September 2019
A reminder the Psa Seasonal Management Wall Chart for the 2019-20 season is out now (you should have received an A2 poster copy in your August Zespri Kiwiflier). You can view and download the chart...
Your new seasonal management guide
19 September 2019

A reminder the Psa Seasonal Management Wall Chart for the 2019-20 season is out now (you should have received an A2 poster copy in your August Zespri Kiwiflier).

You can view and download the chart from the KVH website or contact us if you’d like extra posters sent to you.

A key feature is the KVH Recommended Product List, which sets out the upcoming seasons approved products for protection against Psa, their year-round application rates and permitted use periods. The biggest changes to this season’s wall chart are:
 

·         The addition of a Bio-bactericides section, listing details for the use of Actigard.

·         The removal of Caplit from the CPPU section.

·         More emphasis on cultural management of Psa, including information about sanitising tools and pruning.

Biosecurity News
19 September 2019
Stink bug round up
19 September 2019
Earlier this week the Newsroom news site published an article and podcast on Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs (BMSB), the havoc they’re wreaking overseas, and the nationwide efforts underway here to...
Stink bug round up
19 September 2019

Earlier this week the Newsroom news site published an article and podcast on Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs (BMSB), the havoc they’re wreaking overseas, and the nationwide efforts underway here to keep this unwanted and damaging pest out.

The entertaining podcast tells the history of stink bugs in Asia, the USA and Europe from a grower perspective, explains why we have a high-risk season, and includes great interviews with Cath Duthie from Biosecurity New Zealand (who has seen BMSB first-hand through her extensive visits to Europe and in particularly Georgia), David Vinsen from the Vehicle Importers Association and Ed Massey from NZ Wine who is Chair of the BMSB Council - the joint industry group working together to raise awareness about the impacts of BMSB and managing all the ‘cool stuff’ being researched to keep it out.

Biosecurity News
19 September 2019
BioGro lowers copper input limits for organic production
19 September 2019
BioGro has confirmed that from last Wednesday 11 September 2019, the limit on the use of copper-based inputs for organic production has been lowered to 3kg active copper/ha/year. This applies to...
BioGro lowers copper input limits for organic production
19 September 2019

BioGro has confirmed that from last Wednesday 11 September 2019, the limit on the use of copper-based inputs for organic production has been lowered to 3kg active copper/ha/year.

This applies to all BioGro Licensees and flags the end of an interim exemption which allowed a temporary increase to 6kg/ha/year to support growers in the control of Psa following the disease’s outbreak.

BioGro certified products with ACVM registration for Psa affected by this change include Nordox 75WG, AG Copp 75, Champion++, and Hortcare Copper Hydroxide 300.

BioGro Licensees should contact the BioGro office with any queries or concerns regarding this change.

Kiwifruit Vine Health

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