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Grower News
13 December 2018
Hill Laboratories Christmas hours
13 December 2018
With the upcoming Christmas holiday period, there is only a day left for samples to arrive at Hills - the last day is tomorrow, Friday 14 December 2018. Testing will resume on Monday 7 January...
Hill Laboratories Christmas hours
13 December 2018



With the upcoming Christmas holiday period, there is only a day left for samples to arrive at Hills - the last day is tomorrow, Friday 14 December 2018. Testing will resume on Monday 7 January 2019.

Only KVH pre-arranged testing will be accepted between these dates. Please contact Karyn Lowry on 027 227 1157 if urgent Psa testing is required between 14 December and 7 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
29 November 2018
Roadshow reminder
29 November 2018
Zespri grower roadshows are underway (including attendance by KVH and NZKGI) - click here for timings and locations of upcoming events in Opotiki, Te Puke, Tauranga, and Whanganui. Please do take the...
Roadshow reminder
29 November 2018

Zespri grower roadshows are underway (including attendance by KVH and NZKGI) - click here for timings and locations of upcoming events in Opotiki, Te Puke, Tauranga, and Whanganui. Please do take the opportunity to attend, hear the latest updates and talk with industry staff and other growers about orchard management for the summer.

KVH staff are at the roadshows sharing information about the exciting new Ko Tatou This Is Us biosecurity awareness campaign; high-risk pests at this time of the year; and the likely economic and social impacts of an incursion on the industry.

Grower News
1 November 2018
Grower day videos available now
1 November 2018
If you missed out on the Kiwifruit Biosecurity Grower Day during Biosecurity Week and want to watch the presenters in action, you can view videos from the day now on the Zespri Canopy. More...
Grower day videos available now
1 November 2018

If you missed out on the Kiwifruit Biosecurity Grower Day during Biosecurity Week and want to watch the presenters in action, you can view videos from the day now on the Zespri Canopy.

More than 120 people attended the day covering readiness activities; research into soil borne diseases and the importance of traceability; BMSB preparedness; a fruit fly incursion market access simulation; and a presentation on the new Ko Tatou This Is Us national advertising campaign.

Also, look out for more information and images from Biosecurity Week in your next Kiwiflier and Kiwifruit Journal.

Grower News
18 October 2018
Your free 2019 calendar
18 October 2018
If you or your organisation would like one of the fantastic, bright and colourful KVH and Port community 2019 unwanted pest calendars send us an email letting us know your postal address and...
Your free 2019 calendar
18 October 2018

If you or your organisation would like one of the fantastic, bright and colourful KVH and Port community 2019 unwanted pest calendars send us an email letting us know your postal address and we’ll get one in the mail to you.

Grower News
4 October 2018
Your grower day invite
4 October 2018
Join KVH and Zespri, as well as special guest speakers, for a day dedicated to learning more about the initiatives underway to protect our industry from unwanted pests and diseases. The day will...
Your grower day invite
4 October 2018

Join KVH and Zespri, as well as special guest speakers, for a day dedicated to learning more about the initiatives underway to protect our industry from unwanted pests and diseases.

The day will cover KVH readiness activities and how these relate to Tauranga Moana Biosecurity Capital and the national This Is Us TV campaign; research into soil-borne diseases and the importance of traceability; BMSB preparedness and on-orchard management; and latest news and lessons from offshore with guest presenters, including Dr Anne Neilsen from Rutgers University in New Jersey.

View the event flyer for more details and please share the information with any grower you think may be interested in attending.

Where: The Orchard Church, Te Puke
When: Thursday 18 October, 9am – midday with lunch provided
RSVP: email events@zespri.com by Friday 12 October

Grower News
4 October 2018
Zespri OPC spring field days
4 October 2018
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
4 October 2018

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.

KVH staff will also be at some field days, sharing information about Psa management during spring; the importance of comprehensive spray programmes; and the high-risk pests to be on the lookout for over the coming months. View the KVH spring flyer here. 

Grower News
20 September 2018
Reminder of pruning and tying down timeline
20 September 2018
Growers are reminded that one of the requirements within the National Psa-V Pest Management Plan (NPMP) is that orchards are pruned and tied down by 1 October yearly.  KVH is aware that pruning...
Reminder of pruning and tying down timeline
20 September 2018

Growers are reminded that one of the requirements within the National Psa-V Pest Management Plan (NPMP) is that orchards are pruned and tied down by 1 October yearly.  KVH is aware 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 by email so that we are aware of your situation and can discuss and agree a way forward.

Grower News
20 September 2018
Free orchard signage
20 September 2018
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,...
Free orchard signage
20 September 2018

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 KVH by phoning 0800 665 825 or feel free to email us.

Grower News
20 September 2018
Whangarei grower meeting
20 September 2018
KVH Chief Executive, Stu Hutchings and Biosecurity Manager, Matt Dyck will be hosting a Whangarei grower meeting Thursday 4 October to meet with growers and discuss a recent Psa positive result on a...
Whangarei grower meeting
20 September 2018

KVH Chief Executive, Stu Hutchings and Biosecurity Manager, Matt Dyck will be hosting a Whangarei grower meeting Thursday 4 October to meet with growers and discuss a recent Psa positive result on a third orchard (which is currently under investigation). They will also discuss a possible change in regional status and the plant movement pathway.

All Whangarei growers and post-harvest representatives are welcome to attend.

Where: A’Fare Function & Catering, 197 Lower Dent Street, Whangarei
When: Thursday 4 October 2018, 10.30am to 12.30pm, with coffee and savouries on arrival 

Grower News
20 September 2018
Don't be afraid to report suspect finds
20 September 2018
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.  The sooner you...
Don't be afraid to report suspect finds
20 September 2018

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.  The sooner you alert us to anything unusual, the more we can do to help you. Early detection is key to eradication – 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.

KVH has developed ’Kiwifruit’s Most Unwanted’ information and fact sheets, which are available on the KVH website. While these organisms are considered the greatest potential threats to the kiwifruit industry, the next incursion we face could be another damaging pest or disease not yet on our radar. Look out for plants displaying any unusual symptoms and pests not commonly seen.

Grower News
6 September 2018
Know your orchard weeds: cleavers
6 September 2018
Orchard owners, managers and their teams are, year-by-year, battling a range of weeds within the orchard, ensuring they don’t take over.  It’s good to know a bit more about the...
Know your orchard weeds: cleavers
6 September 2018

Orchard owners, managers and their teams are, year-by-year, battling a range of weeds within the orchard, ensuring they don’t take over.  It’s good to know a bit more about the plants we often battle.

You know early spring has arrived when the weed known as cleavers (Galium aparine) grows up into and from shelter belts.  This scrambling annual weed is a native of temperate Europe and Asia and was one of our earliest established weeds – first noticed about 140 years ago.  It is a nuisance plant but one that can completely smother lower trunks and branches of especially shelter trees.

Cleavers is one of those “sticky” plants. Stems are square with inconspicuous hooked prickles on the four corners. Leaves are arranged in groups of five to eight around the stem and have backward pointing hairs which enable the leaf to readily cling to clothing. The green fruits are small (5mm across) and densely covered in hooked bristles that again stick to clothing, fur or wool.

The stems, which can grow to 2m or more long, tend to break from the parent plant very easily. 

Cleavers is often confused with the native biddibiddi (Acaena novae-zelandiae) – also known as piripiri - but it has very much smaller fruits or bidibids.

The hooked bristles are a very effective mechanism to ensure the spread of cleavers. Most orchardists have brushed off dozens of small round fruits from their jerseys or shirts before going indoors.

Cleavers are quite easily hand-weeded. Just pull the stems, trace back to the rooted portion and pull this from the ground – best undertaken while the ground is damp. It is more persistent where the broken stems and fruits are left within a shelter belt.  Persistent hand weeding will eventually reduce infestations.

Glyphosate is effective but the addition of a penetrant or spreader is essential.  Any over-spray could harm other desirable plants, so care is essential.

KVH thanks Tim Senior, Bay of Plenty Regional Council, for some information reproduced here.

Grower News
6 September 2018
Save the date: Join us for the biggest biosecurity update of the year
6 September 2018
The event will be held Thursday 18 October 2018 and more details will be provided very soon. KVH and Zespri are hosting the inaugural Kiwifruit Biosecurity Grower Update, a day dedicated to learning...
Save the date: Join us for the biggest biosecurity update of the year
6 September 2018

The event will be held Thursday 18 October 2018 and more details will be provided very soon.

KVH and Zespri are hosting the inaugural Kiwifruit Biosecurity Grower Update, a day dedicated to learning and sharing all the great work underway to protect New Zealand’s kiwifruit industry from unwanted pests and disease threats.

What are we doing to prepare for threats to kiwifruit? When do we work with government and other horticulture industries? How do our innovation and research programmes help us? What are our most unwanted pests and how do we keep them out? Why is traceability so important and how can it help us? Feature presentations and interactive sessions will cover all this and more.

Kiwifruit Vine Health

Suite 3, Level 1, Customhouse Building
314 Maunganui Road, Mount Maunganui
(entrance cnr Totara and Rata Street)
PO Box 4246, Mount Maunganui, 3149
New Zealand

Tel:  0800 665 825
Fax: 07 574 7591

Email: info@kvh.org.nz