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Grower News
12 December 2019
Take our quick survey on biosecurity practice
12 December 2019
We’re running a quick and short survey on biosecurity and hygiene practices among those who spend the most time working on and managing kiwifruit orchards. KVH is focused on raising awareness...
Take our quick survey on biosecurity practice
12 December 2019

We’re running a quick and short survey on biosecurity and hygiene practices among those who spend the most time working on and managing kiwifruit orchards.

KVH is focused on raising awareness of good biosecurity practices on-orchard and the benefits these can bring.  In doing this, we need help from you to learn more about the level of understanding of biosecurity amongst growers, what biosecurity practices are currently used on orchards and whether there are any common limitations to putting practices in place.

The same survey is being undertaken by the avocado, passionfruit and forestry sectors so we can compare biosecurity perceptions across industries.

Your views are important – please complete the survey online. The questions are all optional to answer and you will not be identified in any of the results.

Grower News
12 December 2019
Hill Laboratories testing over the holidays
12 December 2019
With the upcoming Christmas holiday period, there is only a day left for Psa samples to arrive at Hills – the last day is tomorrow, Friday 13 December 2019. Psa testing will resume on Monday...
Hill Laboratories testing over the holidays
12 December 2019

With the upcoming Christmas holiday period, there is only a day left for Psa samples to arrive at Hills – the last day is tomorrow, Friday 13 December 2019. Psa testing will resume on Monday 6 January 2020.

Only KVH pre-arranged Psa testing will be accepted between these dates. Please contact Karyn Lowry on 027 227 1157 if urgent Psa testing is required between 13 December and 6 January. Photos of symptoms will be required. We anticipate these will only be from areas currently free of Psa (i.e. the South Island).

There will be a price increase for standard Psa tests through Hill Laboratories from 1 February 2020. Current prices have been in place since 2011, but due to increased operational costs this change is necessary. The cost of Psa testing will move from $65 to $85 per sample (+GST). Costs for testing under the KPCS nursery programme will remain unchanged.

Grower News
28 November 2019
Hill Laboratories testing over the holidays
28 November 2019
With the upcoming Christmas holiday period, the last date for Psa samples arriving in the lab at Hills will be Friday 13 December 2019. Psa testing will resume on Monday 6 January 2020. Only KVH...
Hill Laboratories testing over the holidays
28 November 2019

With the upcoming Christmas holiday period, the last date for Psa samples arriving in the lab at Hills will be Friday 13 December 2019. Psa testing will resume on Monday 6 January 2020.

Only KVH pre-arranged Psa testing will be accepted between these dates. Please contact Karyn Lowry on 027 227 1157 if urgent Psa testing is required between 13 December and 6 January. Photos of symptoms will be required. We anticipate these will only be from areas currently free of Psa (i.e. the South Island).

Grower News
14 November 2019
Take our quick survey on biosecurity practice
14 November 2019
We’re running a quick and short survey on biosecurity and hygiene practices among those who spend the most time working on and managing kiwifruit orchards. KVH is focused on raising awareness...
Take our quick survey on biosecurity practice
14 November 2019

We’re running a quick and short survey on biosecurity and hygiene practices among those who spend the most time working on and managing kiwifruit orchards.

KVH is focused on raising awareness of good biosecurity practices on-orchard and the benefits these can bring.  In doing this, we need help to learn more about the level of understanding of biosecurity amongst growers, what biosecurity practices are currently used on orchards and whether there are any common limitations to putting practices in place.

This survey will give us a clearer picture of where we can focus our efforts so that we’re better serving growers by providing the information and resources needed. The same survey is being undertaken by the avocado, passionfruit and forestry sectors so we can compare biosecurity perceptions across industries.

Your views are important – please complete the survey online. The questions are all optional to answer and you will not be identified in any of the results.

Grower News
31 October 2019
Your free 2020 calendar
31 October 2019
We still have some of the popular pest calendars available. If you or your organisation would like one of these fantastic, bright and colourful Port of Tauranga Biosecurity Excellence 2020 unwanted...
Your free 2020 calendar
31 October 2019

We still have some of the popular pest calendars available. If you or your organisation would like one of these fantastic, bright and colourful Port of Tauranga Biosecurity Excellence 2020 unwanted pest calendars (created by KVH, Biosecurity New Zealand and the Port of Tauranga) send us an email letting us know your postal address and we’ll get one in the mail to you.

Grower News
18 October 2019
Aureo Gold update
18 October 2019
Zespri has been advised by the supplier of Aureo Gold that they have asked for the return of all batches of Aureo Gold currently in market including stock held by growers. Zespri understands that...
Aureo Gold update
18 October 2019

Zespri has been advised by the supplier of Aureo Gold that they have asked for the return of all batches of Aureo Gold currently in market including stock held by growers.

Zespri understands that this is due to anomalies identified in the testing of the biological product that are unlikely to be resolved before the product begins to deteriorate. Aureo Gold is a cold chain, biological product which will lose efficacy when stored outside of its registered specification. The anomalies identified do not impact the products efficacy or plant safety profile.

Zespri asks that you return any stock on hand to your retailer for a full refund. Zespri is in discussions with the supplier to determine the ongoing availability of Aureo Gold and will advise once we have clarity on supply. If you need to apply a Psa product, please check out the crop protection standard for options. For additional support or advice please contact spraydiary@zespri.com

Grower News
17 October 2019
Help us help you - take our survey
17 October 2019
We’re running a short survey on biosecurity and hygiene practices among those who spend the most time working on and managing kiwifruit orchards. KVH is focused on raising awareness of good...
Help us help you - take our survey
17 October 2019

We’re running a short survey on biosecurity and hygiene practices among those who spend the most time working on and managing kiwifruit orchards.

KVH is focused on raising awareness of good biosecurity practices on-orchard and the benefits these can bring.  In doing this, we need help to learn more about the level of understanding of biosecurity amongst growers, what biosecurity practices are currently used on orchards and whether there are any common limitations to putting practices in place.

This survey will give us a clearer picture of where we can focus our efforts so that we’re better serving growers by providing the information and resources needed. The same survey is being undertaken by the avocado, passionfruit and forestry sectors so we can compare biosecurity perceptions across industries.

Your views are important – please take part (it will only take approximately five minutes to complete) and help us work together to protect New Zealand’s kiwifruit industry from unwanted pest and disease threats. Complete the survey online.

The questions in the survey are all optional to answer and you will not be identified in any of the results.

Grower News
17 October 2019
Kiwifruit Biosecurity Grower Day
17 October 2019
We look forward to seeing those of you who have registered for the sold-out grower biosecurity day next week as part of the region’s Spotlight on Biosecurity events. Date: Wednesday 23 October...
Kiwifruit Biosecurity Grower Day
17 October 2019

We look forward to seeing those of you who have registered for the sold-out grower biosecurity day next week as part of the region’s Spotlight on Biosecurity events.

Date: Wednesday 23 October 2019
Time: 9.00am – 1.00pm
Location: Mount Surf Club, 21 Adams Avenue, Mount Maunganui – Downstairs Function Room

The session will commence at 9.00am. Please allow plenty of time for parking and getting to the venue. Unfortunately, there is not any allocated parking, although you may park in the Surf Club carpark if there are spaces available.

Grower News
17 October 2019
Your free 2020 calendar
17 October 2019
If you or your organisation would like one of the fantastic, bright and colourful Port of Tauranga Biosecurity Excellence 2020 unwanted pest calendars (created by KVH, Biosecurity New Zealand and the...
Your free 2020 calendar
17 October 2019

If you or your organisation would like one of the fantastic, bright and colourful Port of Tauranga Biosecurity Excellence 2020 unwanted pest calendars (created by KVH, Biosecurity New Zealand and the Port of Tauranga) send us an email letting us know your postal address and we’ll get one in the mail to you.

We’ll also have the calendars at next weeks Biosecurity Week events so be sure to collect one if you’re coming along. 

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. 

Grower News
5 September 2019
Biosecurity buzz at roadshows
5 September 2019
KVH took part in the recent Zespri Grower Roadshows, meeting and speaking with growers about new developments and recent biosecurity activity we’ve been undertaking. Chief Executive Stu...
Biosecurity buzz at roadshows
5 September 2019

KVH took part in the recent Zespri Grower Roadshows, meeting and speaking with growers about new developments and recent biosecurity activity we’ve been undertaking.

Chief Executive Stu Hutchings and Biosecurity Manager Matt Dyck presented at the roadshows on the ongoing Auckland fruit fly response (and the kiwifruit industry’s contribution in terms of cost-share and people), provided a short Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) update, and introduced the new kiwifruit growers on-orchard guidelines.

Heading into the high-risk season for BMSB and fruit flies they also shared with growers the new Kiwifruit’s Most Unwanted posters and flyers, which highlight why each pest on the list is such a big threat and the impacts they could each have.

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