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Company Notices
9 October 2014
Wanganui grower meeting
9 October 2014
When:     Tuesday 21 October at 1pm Where:     Quality Inn Collegiate, Wanganui, Agenda includes an update on Psa-V status in the Wanganui region, best...
Wanganui grower meeting
9 October 2014
  • When:     Tuesday 21 October at 1pm
  • Where:     Quality Inn Collegiate, Wanganui,

Agenda includes an update on Psa-V status in the Wanganui region, best practise tips for spring and managing bud-rot in Hayward.

All growers welcome.

Company Notices
9 October 2014
KVH AGM - Notice of Meeting
9 October 2014
KVH will hold its Annual General Meeting (AGM) at 2pm on Wednesday 26 November 2014 at Classic Flyers (Boeing Room), 9 Jean Batten Drive, Mount Maunganui—Google...
KVH AGM - Notice of Meeting
9 October 2014

KVH will hold its Annual General Meeting (AGM) at 2pm on Wednesday 26 November 2014 at Classic Flyers (Boeing Room), 9 Jean Batten Drive, Mount Maunganui—Google maps.

Grower News
9 October 2014
Reducing bud-rot effects in Hayward and Green14 orchards
9 October 2014
During bud-rot trials in Hayward and Green14 orchards last year, Actigard™ and copper spray programmes had the biggest impact in reducing Psa-V leaf spot. Applications of KeyStrepto™ also...
Reducing bud-rot effects in Hayward and Green14 orchards
9 October 2014

During bud-rot trials in Hayward and Green14 orchards last year, Actigard™ and copper spray programmes had the biggest impact in reducing Psa-V leaf spot. Applications of KeyStrepto™ also reduced leaf spot.

As Psa-V is associated with bud-rot, a protective programme that includes these products is highly recommended for all sites vulnerable to bud-rot. This will minimise leaf spot, which once established, can provide ongoing sources of inoculum.

Girdling provided the best bud-rot control. Recommended timing for girdling is 16-30 days pre-flowering. Further trials will run this year to better understand optimal girdle timing.

Growers intending to apply a pre-flower girdle should plan for this now. All growers are urged to measure impacts of this treatment on their site and share this information with the industry to build knowledge quickly about the value of this tool. 

By leaving some control vines amongst girdled areas or alternatively, girdling only a few vines within high-risk blocks and measuring flower-to-fruit retention, assessment of the success of this tool across multiple sites can be gained. A methodology to assist growers has been developed by the Zespri OPC team – click here.

Grower News
9 October 2014
KeyStrepto - intention to spray
9 October 2014
As of 1 October growers must register their intent to spray KeyStrepto™ through an online form available on the Zespri Canopy or KVH website. Click here to access the online form. After...
KeyStrepto - intention to spray
9 October 2014

As of 1 October growers must register their intent to spray KeyStrepto™ through an online form available on the Zespri Canopy or KVH website. Click here to access the online form. After registering your intention to spray, application must occur within three days.

Orchards may be subject to random audits; and strict conditions apply to the use of KeyStrepto™. All requirements must be followed, including the completion of a Site Inspection Record, and compliance with the KeyStrepto™ User Guide.

Click here for more information about KeyStrepto™ and its use conditions.

Grower News
9 October 2014
KeyStrepto use - getting it right
9 October 2014
This season’s rules for KeyStrepto™ use are different to previous seasons. However, as in previous seasons, the key focus continues to be ensuring open flowers in the orchard (e.g. sward,...
KeyStrepto use - getting it right
9 October 2014

This season’s rules for KeyStrepto™ use are different to previous seasons. However, as in previous seasons, the key focus continues to be ensuring open flowers in the orchard (e.g. sward, shelter, and canopy) are minimised and neighbours must be notified before use.

From 1 October, all growers must register their ‘Intent to Spray’ via the Canopy or KVH websites. Growers may be selected for random audit to ensure they are adhering to the rules set by the ACVM. Audits are conducted in a similar manner to the KVH audits of previous years and will target the same areas of concern. Failure to meet the ACVM conditions of use can have significant impact on:

  • Bees—the bee industry has significant concerns about possible residues in honey products and may reconsider their ongoing role in pollinating kiwifruit.
  • Kiwifruit industry—misuse may result in resistance developing or residues in kiwifruit at the time of harvest resulting in the likely destruction of crop under instruction from MPI.

Orchards which fail the audit are subject to automatic future audits and the normal penalties imposed under GLOBALG.A.P and the Zespri Crop Protection Standard. These penalties can include:

  • Non-compliance being recorded against the Management System Owner (MSO) of the KPIN
  • Financial penalties being imposed of up to 40 cents/tray
  • Suspension/cancellation of GLOBALG.A.P certification – possibly resulting in the inability of supplying fruit for export.

Maintaining a responsible attitude towards KeyStrepto™ use will ensure continuing use of this tool while making sure risks to all industry stakeholders are mitigated.

  1. Read the KeyStrepto™ User Guide
  2. Register your intent to spray through the online form here. Note – this form has been improved to allow the selection of all varieties to be sprayed on the same date.
  3. Complete and retain a Site Inspection Record

If you have any queries, please contact Zespri Crop Protection Development Manager, Gordon Skipage on 07 572 7633 or by email.

Grower News
9 October 2014
Observation report - Psa-V affected male vines in Tauranga
9 October 2014
A further observation report on infected male vines shows how the effects of a colder site, Psa-V infection history, lower input Psa-V strategies (cultural management and protective spray programmes)...
Observation report - Psa-V affected male vines in Tauranga
9 October 2014

A further observation report on infected male vines shows how the effects of a colder site, Psa-V infection history, lower input Psa-V strategies (cultural management and protective spray programmes) and less-tolerant varieties can result in very compromised pollination potential.

Ongoing Psa-V management is necessary on all orchards and more challenging spring conditions clearly illustrate the re-emergence of Psa-V on vulnerable sites.

Monitoring and removal of infected material through spring remains a primary tool in reducing risk of Psa-V inoculum building and compromising orchard productivity.

Click here for the observation report.

R&D News
9 October 2014
New R&D report on KVH website
9 October 2014
Exploring options for wound protection to prevent Psa-V infection of cut stems Bruno seedlings Wound protection continues to be a challenge for kiwifruit growers since the incursion of a virulent...
New R&D report on KVH website
9 October 2014

Exploring options for wound protection to prevent Psa-V infection of cut stems Bruno seedlings

Wound protection continues to be a challenge for kiwifruit growers since the incursion of a virulent strain of Pseudomonas syringae pv. actinidiae (Psa) in New Zealand in November 2010. When several products were tested in the field as wound protectants against natural infection by Psa, there were no significant differences between treatments (Miller et al. 2012). Therefore, there is demand in the kiwifruit sector for a wound protectant suitable for pruning wounds. This project evaluates a range of registered treatments not previously tested for protecting pruning wounds against Psa and explores the use of a penetrant for driving the product into the wound to provide protection in the case of bacteria entering the plant during the cutting process.

Click here for report by Plant & Food Research

Grower News
2 October 2014
Kerikeri Update
2 October 2014
Psa-V continues to spread throughout the Kerikeri region with 32 out of 106 KPINS now testing Psa-V positive. KVH staff recently visited positive orchards in Kerikeri with growers and orchard...
Kerikeri Update
2 October 2014

Psa-V continues to spread throughout the Kerikeri region with 32 out of 106 KPINS now testing Psa-V positive. KVH staff recently visited positive orchards in Kerikeri with growers and orchard management staff.

In most cases disease expression has continued to be relatively slow. However, in one location inoculum levels have clearly increased and disease expression in Hort16A has increased significantly. This has led to a number of part blocks being removed. These orchards are carrying out weekly monitoring and removal of infected material, followed by weekly spraying.

Growers are advised to be aggressive with removal to help reduce the rate of spread and to protect young Gold3 grafts. The continued wet weather has clearly been a factor in disease spread, and unless the region sees a long period of warm, dry weather soon, growers can expect expression to continue to accelerate.

KVH recommends growers actively monitor their orchards, remove signs of infection and to contact packhouses or KVH staff for support if required.
 

Grower News
2 October 2014
Chilean update
2 October 2014
In late 2013, Chile suffered one of its most damaging frost events in 80 years—causing almost $1 billion damage to fruit crops and reducing kiwifruit export volumes by over 50%. Further...
Chilean update
2 October 2014

In late 2013, Chile suffered one of its most damaging frost events in 80 years—causing almost $1 billion damage to fruit crops and reducing kiwifruit export volumes by over 50%.

Further impacts from this frost event are also expected in the form of Psa-V, with the number of positive orchards expected to increase when national surveys are carried out later this year. It is expected the colder areas near the mountains and further from the coast will be the most severely affected.

Over the past few years, Chile has seen a steady increase in the number of positive orchards as shown in the graph above.

Symptoms at newly-detected orchards are often severe, leading local authorities to believe these infections are not new, but have been undetected in previous monitoring rounds.

The Chilean Kiwifruit Committee states the industry needs a greater permanent awareness to biosecurity, and orchard management complacency is the biggest problem facing the Chilean industry.

Grower News
2 October 2014
R&D grower meeting - presentations available on KVH website
2 October 2014
The following presentations from Tuesday’s R&D grower meeting in Te Puke are now available on the KVH website:   Psa-V Spring Update—Barry O’Neil, KVH Leaf...
R&D grower meeting - presentations available on KVH website
2 October 2014
Grower News
2 October 2014
Observation on male vines
2 October 2014
During spring, Psa-V symptoms can change quickly as sap rises. Therefore, ongoing monitoring of orchards is essential at this time of year. Monitoring of male vines, particularly in areas where...
Observation on male vines
2 October 2014

During spring, Psa-V symptoms can change quickly as sap rises. Therefore, ongoing monitoring of orchards is essential at this time of year.

Monitoring of male vines, particularly in areas where males were affected by Psa-V in previous years, is recommended to allow growers to make early assessments of likely artificial pollination needs.  Pollen suppliers have indicated stocks are lower than in past years.

Following recent orchards visits, KVH has prepared the following observation reports:

 

 

Grower News
2 October 2014
CPPU product recieves limited label claim
2 October 2014
Last month, ACVM granted a limited label claim to a second CPPU (forchlorofenuron) product – Caplit™ – for the control of Psa-V in kiwifruit. Zespri has updated the CPPU User...
CPPU product recieves limited label claim
2 October 2014

Last month, ACVM granted a limited label claim to a second CPPU (forchlorofenuron) product – Caplit™ – for the control of Psa-V in kiwifruit.

Zespri has updated the CPPU User Guide and Crop Protection Standard to reflect this change; and KVH has included Caplit™ in its Recommended Product List.

The use conditions are the same for both Caplit™ and Ambitious® 10SL, so growers are prompted to add Caplit™ to their Seasonal Management Wall Chart alongside Ambitious® 10SL. Please note the rate for Caplit™ is 50-75g/100l.

Due to concerns around fruit deformation observed on Gold varieties off-shore, CPPU products should not be applied to Gold varieties.
CPPU products are not systemic and therefore good coverage is required. Apply approximately 5–7 days prior to an infection event. CPPU should not be applied within seven days of the first flowers opening on an orchard. Extreme care should be taken to mitigate the risk of spray drift.
 

Kiwifruit Vine Health

25 Miro St
Mount Maunganui
Tauranga 3116

Tel:  0800 665 825
Fax: 07 574 7591

Email: info@kvh.org.nz