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Biosecurity News
7 September 2017
World expert helps the kiwifruit industry prepare for BMSB
7 September 2017
Last week KVH and Zespri hosted two international Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) experts, Dr Tracy Leskey and Dr Kim Hoelmer, to refine our approach for managing this pest should it manage to...
World expert helps the kiwifruit industry prepare for BMSB
7 September 2017

Last week KVH and Zespri hosted two international Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) experts, Dr Tracy Leskey and Dr Kim Hoelmer, to refine our approach for managing this pest should it manage to establish in New Zealand.

They attended a meeting with the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) and other horticultural sectors where they provided input into our national response plan for BMSB, including how we would respond to an initial detection, and attempts at eradication.

Dr Leskey also presented to kiwifruit growers early in the week. The entomologist and researcher for the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) discussed BMSB with more than 100 people who packed into The Orchard Church in Te Puke to learn more about the unwanted pests impacts on horticulture, post-harvest facilities, and residential areas in the USA.

Dr Leskey went into detail about actions underway in the USA to manage BMSB in crops; the importance of collecting good dispersal and behavioural information about the bug; effective insecticides; biological control options; and various border strategies such as traps and trap crops like sorghum and sunflower.

As a coordinator of StopBMSB – one of the world’s largest research initiatives into BMSB, involving more than 50 researchers across 18 organisations – Dr Leskey will continue to work with KVH and Zespri to fill knowledge gaps around our New Zealand eradication plans, as well as potential long term management and control options within kiwifruit orchards.

Much of what Dr Leskey discussed is mentioned in the StopBMSB integrated pest management fact sheet available online, which provides a synopsis of what researchers have learned so far, and management recommendations using an integrated approach.

Growers at the meeting watched a new video demonstrating the impacts BMSB has had on gold kiwifruit in Italy – you can view it on the KVH YouTube channel here.

KVH detailed the work being done to ensure the New Zealand kiwifruit industry is prepared for BMSB, including a promising control strategy in the form of a biological control (the Samurai Wasp), in the latest KVH Annual Report. More information about response and long term management plans should the bug establish in New Zealand, is also available on the BMSB page of the KVH website.
 

Biosecurity News
7 September 2017
Spring brings Psa symptoms
7 September 2017
As spring sap starts to flow and vines come out of winter dormancy, Psa symptoms will become more visible. Spring is a high-risk season for Psa, and growers, particularly those on early sites, are...
Spring brings Psa symptoms
7 September 2017

As spring sap starts to flow and vines come out of winter dormancy, Psa symptoms will become more visible.

Spring is a high-risk season for Psa, and growers, particularly those on early sites, are recommended to start monitoring their vines to understand how Psa is unfolding on their orchards.

Focus on high-risk plants/areas, paying particular attention to areas where application of a full Psa spray programme has been compromised due to difficult or impossible ground conditions through the autumn and winter period.

Be sure to remove infected material promptly to reduce the risk of Psa spread.

Throughout spring, growers should focus on minimising leaf spot and flower bud infection and maintain copper cover, including Actiguard™ and consider CPPU products.

Reports from the Bay of Plenty, Franklin and Gisborne regions over the past fortnight indicate some Gold3 growers are seeing active cankers with incidence more widespread than last year. More symptoms have been reported for M91 males.  Some Waihi, Waikato, Whanganui and Hawkes Bay growers report symptoms extending across both male and female Gold3 vines.

Click here for a photo gallery of symptoms recently reported to KVH.

A reminder, growers can use the Psa-V Risk Model to help identify upcoming risk periods and to assist with the timing of protective sprays. Click here to register to use the model if you haven’t already.

The new Psa-V Seasonal Management Wall Chart 2017-18 is also a handy reference tool and is included in your latest Zespri Kiwiflier. It is also available to view or download from the KVH website. A key feature of the chart is the KVH Recommended Product List, which sets out the approved products for protection against Psa-V, their year-round application rates, and permitted use periods.

Biosecurity News
7 September 2017
BMSB impacts on kiwifruit in Italy
7 September 2017
A new video is available showing the impacts of Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) on gold kiwifruit in Italy. The video helps us gain a better understanding of what Italian growers are facing and...
BMSB impacts on kiwifruit in Italy
7 September 2017

A new video is available showing the impacts of Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) on gold kiwifruit in Italy.

The video helps us gain a better understanding of what Italian growers are facing and provides a practical on-orchard view of the severe damage this pest can do. BMSB is on the Kiwifruit's Most Unwanted list and a strong focus of KVH, especially with the high-risk season upon us.

Being on the lookout, knowing what to look for and how to report the bug is key - email KVH if you, your family or friends would like more of our handy fridge magnets to help identify this pest.

The video was shown at the BMSB grower meeting with international expert Dr Tracey Leskey, early last week. Read more about the meeting and industry preparedness for BMSB here.

 
 

 

Company Notices
7 September 2017
KVH AGM result
7 September 2017
The KVH Annual General Meeting (AGM) took place on Thursday 24 August. Thank you to growers who were able to attend, and thanks also go to all who voted. All resolutions were passed. Under general...
KVH AGM result
7 September 2017

The KVH Annual General Meeting (AGM) took place on Thursday 24 August. Thank you to growers who were able to attend, and thanks also go to all who voted.

All resolutions were passed. Under general business, a discussion was held about future biosecurity activities and costs. More information about this – and the consultation KVH will undertake with members – will be available shortly.

All AGM documents, including full details about the resolutions, financial statements and budget information, are available to reference on the KVH website.

Thanks go to all members for their continued support of KVH and associated biosecurity activities.
 

Biosecurity News
7 September 2017
Be on the lookout for new thrips in glasshouses
7 September 2017
Poinsettia thrips are an emerging pest of greenhouse nursery plants in eastern USA and in some parts of Asia.  The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is looking into the discovery of a...
Be on the lookout for new thrips in glasshouses
7 September 2017

Poinsettia thrips are an emerging pest of greenhouse nursery plants in eastern USA and in some parts of Asia. 

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is looking into the discovery of a small number of thrips on contained nursery plants, including kiwifruit plants, in New Zealand. A fact sheet that has been developed with KVH is available here.

If the pests were to establish in New Zealand they won’t survive outside of greenhouses but will cause significant challenges to the glasshouse industry.

Growers, nursery and greenhouse staff in particular are asked to familiarise themselves with the fact sheet and immediately report any signs of the pest to the MPI exotic pest and disease hotline on 0800 80 99 66.

Biosecurity News
7 September 2017
Be on the lookout for myrtle rust
7 September 2017
Now it’s spring, myrtle rust may be more noticeable. If you see it, don’t touch it – call the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) on 0800 80 99 66. Myrtle rust could affect...
Be on the lookout for myrtle rust
7 September 2017

Now it’s spring, myrtle rust may be more noticeable. If you see it, don’t touch it – call the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) on 0800 80 99 66.

Myrtle rust could affect iconic New Zealand plants like pōhutukawa, kānuka, manuka, ramarama and rātā, as well as species such as eucalyptus, guava and feijoa.

To protect any myrtaceae species on your property (eg in your garden or orchard), you may want to consider spraying them with copper at label rates.

Be on the lookout for:
•    bright yellow powdery eruptions appearing on the underside of the leaf (young infection)
•    bright yellow powdery eruptions on both sides of the leaf (mature infection)
•    brown/grey rust pustules (older spores) which can appear on older lesions
•    buckled or twisted leaves which may die off.

*Update 13 September 2017:

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has issued an update advising that since myrtle rust was found in New Zealand earlier this year, there has not been a single feijoa plant found with the infection.

MPI has taken samples from feijoa plants in nurseries and home gardens where other plants are infected with the disease and the feijoa plants were clear. This information, combined with Australian data showing feijoas appear to be resistant, has led to MPI concluding that feijoas present a low risk of spreading myrtle rust to other uninfected myrtle plants. Read more here.

Protocols & Movement Controls
7 September 2017
Psa mandatory monitoring
7 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 mandatory monitoring between 15 September...
Psa mandatory monitoring
7 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 mandatory monitoring between 15 September 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 on the KVH website here. Please call KVH on 0800 665 825 if you have any questions or if you require assistance to complete the online form.

Growers should discuss monitoring rounds with their post-harvest team to provide good information on which to plan Psa spray programmes through spring. It is important that orchards with ‘Not Detected’ status are also monitored by a team that is familiar with Psa symptoms. If Psa symptoms are found growers, or their pack-house Psa manager should notify KVH so records can be updated.
 

Protocols & Movement Controls
7 September 2017
New nursery joins KPCS
7 September 2017
Jabula Nursery has joined the Kiwifruit Plant Certification Scheme (KPCS). The nursery has met the requirements to sell KPCS “within region” certified field grown plants to growers in...
New nursery joins KPCS
7 September 2017

Jabula Nursery has joined the Kiwifruit Plant Certification Scheme (KPCS).

The nursery has met the requirements to sell KPCS “within region” certified field grown plants to growers in the Waikato region.

KVH movement controls must be observed when ordering kiwifruit plants from nurseries and only KPCS certified plants should be obtained. Visit the KVH website for a list of nurseries and their KPCS status
 

Company Notices
30 August 2017
KVH AGM 2017 result
30 August 2017
The KVH Annual General Meeting (AGM) took place on Thursday 24 August. Thank you to all growers who were able to attend, and thanks also go to all who voted. All resolutions were passed. Under...
KVH AGM 2017 result
30 August 2017

The KVH Annual General Meeting (AGM) took place on Thursday 24 August. Thank you to all growers who were able to attend, and thanks also go to all who voted.

All resolutions were passed. Under general business, a discussion was held about future biosecurity activities and costs. More information about this – and the consultation KVH will undertake with members – will be available shortly. All AGM documents, including full details about the resolutions, financial statements and budget information, are available to reference on the KVH website.

Thanks go to all members for the continued support of KVH and associated biosecurity activities.

 

Company Notices
24 August 2017
AGM results
24 August 2017
The KVH Annual General Meeting (AGM) was held this morning. Thank you to all those who were able to attend. The results will be available next week, if you have any questions in the meantime...
AGM results
24 August 2017

The KVH Annual General Meeting (AGM) was held this morning. Thank you to all those who were able to attend.

The results will be available next week, if you have any questions in the meantime please either contact KVH on 0800 665 825 or speak to a KVH Director.

All AGM documents, including financial statements and budget information, are available to reference on the KVH website.

Biosecurity News
24 August 2017
New seasonal management guide out now
24 August 2017
The Psa-V Seasonal Management Wall Chart 2017-18 is being sent to all growers in the August edition of the Zespri Kiwiflier. Also available to view or download from the KVH website, a key feature...
New seasonal management guide out now
24 August 2017

The Psa-V Seasonal Management Wall Chart 2017-18 is being sent to all growers in the August edition of the Zespri Kiwiflier.

Also available to view or download from the KVH website, a key feature of the wall chart is the KVH Recommended Product List, which sets out the upcoming seasons approved products for protection against Psa-V, their year-round application rates, and permitted use periods.

Key changes to this season’s product list are:
• ChampION++® joins the copper product list. This copper hydroxide is registered with a full label claim against Psa and is Biogro registered.    
• KiwiVax TM has been added as a further biological product option for growers. Applied as  a root drench,  KiwiVax TM has a limited claim against Psa and is Biogro registered.

As per previous years, growers will receive an A2 sized printed chart. Please note that any changes or updates made to the chart/product list will be made to the online version only.

Grower News
24 August 2017
BMSB meeting with world expert
24 August 2017
All growers are invited to hear a presentation from a world expert on Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) next week. Hosted by Dr Tracy Leskey from the United States Department of Agriculture...
BMSB meeting with world expert
24 August 2017

All growers are invited to hear a presentation from a world expert on Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) next week.

Hosted by Dr Tracy Leskey from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), there will be discussions on how BMSB impacts horticulture, post-harvest and residential areas in the USA, and what is being done to control the pest.

Dr Leskey is an entomologist and researcher for the USDA, working to protect growers from invasive pests like the BMSB by finding sustainable, ecologically sound solutions. Dr Leskey is a co-director of StopBMSB, which is probably the world’s largest research initiative into BMSB, involving more than 50 researchers across 18 organisations.

When: Monday 28 August, 10am to midday with tea and coffee upon arrival.
Where: The Orchard Church, 20 Macloughlin Drive, Te Puke.

 

Kiwifruit Vine Health

25 Miro St
Mount Maunganui
Tauranga 3116

Tel:  0800 665 825
Fax: 07 574 7591

Email: info@kvh.org.nz