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5 October 2017
Orchard signage: keep it current
5 October 2017
Good biosecurity practice includes managing risk by restricting access to orchards. As part of this you should check contact details on your orchard gate signs are up-to-date. Orchard visitors,...
Orchard signage: keep it current
5 October 2017

Good biosecurity practice includes managing risk by restricting access to orchards. As part of this you should check contact details on your orchard gate signs are up-to-date.

Orchard visitors, harvest staff, and contractors need to know and follow your hygiene requirements.

KVH has produced new signage highlighting the need for visitors to make contact before entering and the biosecurity risk posed by plant, vehicle and people movements. If you would like new signs, they are available free of charge from your local packhouse and from KVH staff at Zespri OPC spring field days.

You are also welcome to pop into the KVH office in Mount Maunganui to collect a sign.

Biosecurity News
5 October 2017
Working proactively with MPI to manage BMSB risk
5 October 2017
KVH and the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) are on high alert to stop the invasive Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) from making a home in New Zealand. September to April is the high-risk...
Working proactively with MPI to manage BMSB risk
5 October 2017

KVH and the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) are on high alert to stop the invasive Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) from making a home in New Zealand.

September to April is the high-risk season for the stink bug, as this is when it starts aggregating in dark sheltered places in the Northern Hemisphere, including cargo and personal goods destined for New Zealand.

The BMSB is the kiwifruit industry’s second most unwanted biosecurity threat (after fruit flies) and the risk of it entering New Zealand is considered extreme. If it establishes here, it would result in significant production losses to horticultural industries and social impacts to the New Zealand public as it infests homes over winter.

We all have a role to play in effectively managing the risk of an invasive hitchhiker pest like the BMSB - a new risk update (incorporating latest information from MPI) about a wide range of activities is now available on the KVH
website.

KVH is also part of a national communications campaign (alongside MPI and other industry groups) to raise awareness of the BMSB and there are several resources and videos available on our website to share with colleagues, friends and families so that they can also be on the lookout for this unwanted pest and know how to report any suspect finds. Every New Zealander has a vital role to play if we are to have a chance against this nasty pest.

BMSB was detected in a small urban area of Santiago earlier this year. This was the first detection in the Southern Hemisphere, which is significant for New Zealand and a situation we are watching with interest.

The visit provides an opportunity to test our response plan (including the effectiveness of latest trap technologies and best trap density/placement solutions) and improve our preparedness for this pest should we be faced with an incursion in the future. If our assistance contributes to reduced BMSB numbers in Chile, this will reduce the risk to New Zealand.

The group - including representatives from the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI), NZ Wine, HortNZ and Plant and Food Research - will be gathering first-hand intelligence about the extent of the infestation and local options for longer term management, and will provide advice based on New Zealand’s readiness programme.

Establishing relationships with Chilean government officials and industry representatives will enable ongoing monitoring of the situation and provide us with future opportunities in management practices.

 

Protocols & Movement Controls
5 October 2017
Mandatory monitoring reminder
5 October 2017
A final reminder that growers in ‘Exclusion’ regions and growers with ‘Not Detected’ orchards are required to carry out a round of mandatory monitoring before next Sunday, 15...
Mandatory monitoring reminder
5 October 2017

A final reminder that growers in ‘Exclusion’ regions and growers with ‘Not Detected’ orchards are required to carry out a round of mandatory monitoring before next Sunday, 15 October, with results due to KVH by 31 October.

All growers in the Whangarei region (where a Controlled Area notice remains in place) are required to carry out additional monitoring and report their results on the following dates: 

- 6 October (tomorrow) 
- 27 October
- 10 November
- 1 December

To assist growers, an online monitoring form is available. Please call KVH on 0800 665 825 if you have any questions.

Biosecurity News
5 October 2017
Weed out Moth Plant
5 October 2017
Moth Plant is one of the most problematic weeds of North Island kiwifruit orchards. Growers should start the first round of control work now to avoid the need to pull masses of vines and pods out...
Weed out Moth Plant
5 October 2017

Moth Plant is one of the most problematic weeds of North Island kiwifruit orchards.

Growers should start the first round of control work now to avoid the need to pull masses of vines and pods out of shelter belts from late summer. 

Seedlings will be establishing beneath shelter belts, ready to climb into trees before flowering and forming their distinctive seed pods in late summer. A skilfully used sharp hoe will kill emergent seedlings and is an effective organic control method.  Alternatively, glyphosate at one part to 100 parts water is effective on emergent seedlings.  Apply under low pressure ensuring no spray drift. 

Moth Plant is poisonous – the milky white sap can cause dermatitis so wear gloves and protective clothing when handling it.

Click here for more information about identifying Moth Plant, or contact KVH or your regional council.

 

Biosecurity News
5 October 2017
Correct spray protection over spring
5 October 2017
Wet spring conditions are ideal for Psa build up and infection of young tender growth. Growers must maintain full spray cover over the season, particularly prior to, or directly after high-risk...
Correct spray protection over spring
5 October 2017

Wet spring conditions are ideal for Psa build up and infection of young tender growth. Growers must maintain full spray cover over the season, particularly prior to, or directly after high-risk weather, on all varieties.

The online KVH Psa Risk Model can help with this and should be used to plan spray timings. The model is a weather-based tool that uses actual weather station data and weather forecast information to provide customised access to weather and disease interpretations.

There are several spray product options available – be sure to meet all user guide requirements. If applying bactericides ensure there are no flowers present in the sward or on vines. KVH has produced a fact sheet covering spray products and recommended timings, key points on pollination and preflower girdles. Copies are available here and at upcoming Zespri spring field day events.

Biosecurity News
5 October 2017
Biosecurity risk at a glance
5 October 2017
The latest KVH Dashboard is now available, providing a quick overview of biosecurity risk and the work KVH is doing to manage risk for the kiwifruit industry. The Dashboard is produced to give...
Biosecurity risk at a glance
5 October 2017

The latest KVH Dashboard is now available, providing a quick overview of biosecurity risk and the work KVH is doing to manage risk for the kiwifruit industry.

The Dashboard is produced to give growers and the industry a view of the current biosecurity threat levels and our ability to respond and manage these threats should they arrive.

The single page view Dashboard includes links to more detail available online and summarises risk information relevant to the kiwifruit industry from the Emerging Risk Report, which the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) publish on a quarterly basis.

Grower News
5 October 2017
Zespri OPC spring field days
5 October 2017
Zespri’s OPC team will be holding spring field days through October in all growing regions. Click here for timings of a field day near you and take the opportunity to talk with other growers...
Zespri OPC spring field days
5 October 2017

Zespri’s OPC team will be holding spring field days through October in all growing regions. Click here for timings of a field day near you and take the opportunity to talk with other growers about orchard management plans for this spring.

Protocols & Movement Controls
21 September 2017
Reminder of pruning and tying down timeline
21 September 2017
Growers are reminded that one of the requirements within the National Psa-V Pest Management Plan is that orchards are pruned and tied down by 1 October yearly.  KVH is aware that this winter has...
Reminder of pruning and tying down timeline
21 September 2017

Growers are reminded that one of the requirements within the National Psa-V Pest Management Plan is that orchards are pruned and tied down by 1 October yearly.  KVH is aware that this winter has been very challenging with more wet weather than usual and that pruning and tying down is still being completed on some orchards. 

If an orchardist or orchard manager thinks they are unlikely to meet the 1 October timeframe, contact KVH so that we are aware of your situation and can discuss and agree a way forward.

Biosecurity News
21 September 2017
Holographic fruit fly
21 September 2017
New hologram technology is being used to educate international travellers about the importance of biosecurity. The prototype hologram greets visitors at Auckland International Airport by giving...
Holographic fruit fly
21 September 2017

New hologram technology is being used to educate international travellers about the importance of biosecurity.

The prototype hologram greets visitors at Auckland International Airport by giving them a 3D display of biosecurity risk items and explains why we don’t want them in New Zealand.

The display has been initiated by the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) and will show prohibited items, initially focussing on fruit carried inside luggage. It then follows a hitchhiking fruit fly and the potential damage that it could do to an orchard and the fruit industry. Mounted atop a purpose-built unit, the display doubles as a bin where visitors can ditch any biosecurity hazards they might still have on them.

Watch
a short video of the hologram in action.

Biosecurity News
21 September 2017
Growers must not be afraid to report suspect finds
21 September 2017
We understand that reporting a potential biosecurity threat can create anxiety for some growers, who may worry about potential implications or movement controls that may result. Remember, there are...
Growers must not be afraid to report suspect finds
21 September 2017

We understand that reporting a potential biosecurity threat can create anxiety for some growers, who may worry about potential implications or movement controls that may result. Remember, there are no likely market access implications from Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) but the production impact is vast.

The sooner you alert us, the more we can do to help you. Early detection is key to eradiction – if we don’t report and miss this window, any one of a number of unwanted pests could establish and be a challenge we have to deal with forever.

Protocols & Movement Controls
21 September 2017
Mandatory monitoring underway
21 September 2017
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 between now and 15...
Mandatory monitoring underway
21 September 2017

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 between now and 15 October, with results due to KVH by 31 October.

All growers in the Whangarei region (where a Controlled Area notice remains in place) are required to carry out additional monitoring and report their results on the following dates:

•    6 October
•    27 October
•    10 November
•    1 December

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

Kiwifruit Vine Health

25 Miro St
Mount Maunganui
Tauranga 3116

Tel:  0800 665 825
Fax: 07 574 7591

Email: info@kvh.org.nz