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Biosecurity News
26 November 2020
Pest monitoring update
26 November 2020
A reminder that Zespri requires all orchards to contact their Pest Monitoring Centre (PMC) to ensure they are officially registered for pest monitoring by 1 December 2020. Orchards who may have...
Pest monitoring update
26 November 2020

A reminder that Zespri requires all orchards to contact their Pest Monitoring Centre (PMC) to ensure they are officially registered for pest monitoring by 1 December 2020. Orchards who may have previously been registered will need to ensure they have re-registered with their PMC.

Being registered for pest monitoring is a mandatory requirement for any orchard to be able to supply the China market in the 2021 season.

Monitoring will take place for scale, mealybug, leafrollers and wheatbug. Orchards not monitoring for these pests will not be eligible to supply fruit to China.

Zespri’s pre-harvest team have developed resources to assist the industry with the transition to the new pest monitoring programme which can be found on the Canopy here.

If you have questions about pest monitoring requirements for 2021 and what this means for your orchard or PMC, please contact Melanie.Walker@zespri.com.

Company Notices
26 November 2020
KVH Christmas hours
26 November 2020
The KVH office will be closed from 5.00pm on Wednesday 23 December 2020 and will reopen at 8.30am on Tuesday 5 January 2021. If any urgent issues arise during this period please contact...
KVH Christmas hours
26 November 2020

The KVH office will be closed from 5.00pm on Wednesday 23 December 2020 and will reopen at 8.30am on Tuesday 5 January 2021. If any urgent issues arise during this period please contact info@kvh.org.nz or Chief Executive Stu Hutchings on 0274 787 901.

Company Notices
26 November 2020
Kiwifruit industry champions celebrated at national awards
26 November 2020
Representatives from the kiwifruit industry have been awarded in recognition of outstanding contribution towards protecting New Zealand from pests and diseases. At the annual New Zealand Biosecurity...
Kiwifruit industry champions celebrated at national awards
26 November 2020

Representatives from the kiwifruit industry have been awarded in recognition of outstanding contribution towards protecting New Zealand from pests and diseases.

At the annual New Zealand Biosecurity Awards held in Wellington Monday 16 November, Linda Peacock was awarded the Minister’s Biosecurity Award for services to the kiwifruit industry, and KVH accepted the New Zealand Biosecurity Special Award for outstanding commitment to biosecurity, on behalf of the kiwifruit industry.

The awards recognise the pivotal role people from within the kiwifruit industry, and KVH as an organisation, have had in managing Psa since the initial outbreak of the disease and in developing robust biosecurity processes and resources to boost our biosecurity integrity.

This is recognition for the industry as a whole and celebrates the partnership approach we’ve all taken together to ensure we’re better placed for any future biosecurity event.

There is no doubt that by working in partnership, we can achieve better biosecurity outcomes. The entire industry has embraced a collaborative approach for many years and it was an honour to accept this award on behalf of all our growers and those across the kiwifruit industry who support our work and come together as one committed team.

Read more about the awards here.

Biosecurity News
26 November 2020
Watch Biosecurity Day videos
26 November 2020
In the last Bulletin we mentioned the KVH/Zespri Kiwifruit Biosecurity Industry Day held during Biosecurity Week – if you weren’t able to make the day, or want to re-visit any of the...
Watch Biosecurity Day videos
26 November 2020

In the last Bulletin we mentioned the KVH/Zespri Kiwifruit Biosecurity Industry Day held during Biosecurity Week – if you weren’t able to make the day, or want to re-visit any of the talks, you can now watch videos of all presentations on the KVH YouTube channel here.

The day provided the opportunity for everyone to learn more about work underway to protect the industry from unwanted pests and diseases. Key research findings, and practical examples of research the industry has been taking part in were discussed in detail – as were biosecurity responses at a national level by John Walsh from Biosecurity New Zealand, who spoke about the different parts of the New Zealand biosecurity system and explained how they all fit together to ensure there are numerous intervention points that either stop biosecurity risk getting here, or capture and manage the risk that does make it to our shores and past our borders.

Biosecurity News
26 November 2020
Hill Laboratories testing over the holidays
26 November 2020
With the upcoming Christmas holiday period, the last date for Psa samples arriving in the lab at Hills will be Tuesday 15 December 2020. Psa testing will resume on Tuesday 5 January 2021. Only KVH...
Hill Laboratories testing over the holidays
26 November 2020

With the upcoming Christmas holiday period, the last date for Psa samples arriving in the lab at Hills will be Tuesday 15 December 2020. Psa testing will resume on Tuesday 5 January 2021.

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 16 December and 4 January. Photos of symptoms will be required. We anticipate these will only be from areas currently free of Psa (i.e. the South Island).

Growers who notice other unusual symptoms that require urgent follow up over the Christmas break can contact info@kvh.org.nz for follow up.

Biosecurity News
26 November 2020
Woolly Nightshade wipeout
26 November 2020
The Bay of Plenty Regional Council’s (BOPRC) November campaign continues to encourage public and landowners to do their bit to stop the spread of Woolly Nightshade by pulling out seedlings and...
Woolly Nightshade wipeout
26 November 2020

The Bay of Plenty Regional Council’s (BOPRC) November campaign continues to encourage public and landowners to do their bit to stop the spread of Woolly Nightshade by pulling out seedlings and controlling mature plants.

We encourage you to get involved in this region-wide campaign – you’ve got a few days left to send in a couple of photos of your control work in action to info@boprc.govt.nz to be recognised for your efforts.

Woolly Nightshade is a highly invasive weed and is a host of passion vine hopper, which causes sooty mould to develop on fruit – a significant reject factor reducing kiwifruit orchard returns. Shelter belts need to be free of weeds that cause problems in the orchard and woolly nightshade is easy to kill.  

In this video John Mather from our KVH team shows you how to kill this weed using the 'cut and inject' method.

Biosecurity News
26 November 2020
In the news
26 November 2020
Buying seeds online? Do your homework first: Many of us will know that sinking feeling. The photos were beautiful. The price was great. Alas, that online offer did seem too good to be true. In most...
In the news
26 November 2020

Buying seeds online? Do your homework first: Many of us will know that sinking feeling. The photos were beautiful. The price was great. Alas, that online offer did seem too good to be true. In most cases, when an online order for something inanimate fails to match expectations, there’s little damage done. Some money down the drain, and perhaps a bruised ego. No major ramifications. Which is quite the opposite to the potentially immense and long-term dangers to the kiwifruit industry posed by imported seeds and plants from overseas – and often from dodgy dealers.

Biosecurity News
26 November 2020
Fun Fact
26 November 2020
Hopefully by now everyone knows what an adult Spotted Lanternfly (SLF) looks like, but could you spot one at pace? These hitchhikers are super crafty and can hold on tight – in fact, adult...
Fun Fact
26 November 2020

Hopefully by now everyone knows what an adult Spotted Lanternfly (SLF) looks like, but could you spot one at pace? These hitchhikers are super crafty and can hold on tight – in fact, adult lanternflies can apparently keep a grip on cars going as fast as about 55k per hour!

We don’t want SLF here as it attacks over 70 host species, including kiwifruit, grapes, stonefruit and pipfruit. It has the potential to severely impact the kiwifruit industry through the accumulation of sooty mould on fruit from feeding excretions, ultimately rendering the fruit unmarketable.

See more about this unwanted pest on the KVH website, including images of SLF egg masses which look a lot like putty and could easily hitchhike on commodities imported into New Zealand (like vehicles, machinery, and garden furniture).

Image – An adult SLF crawling onto a vehicle to hitch a ride. Image credit: USDA APHIS, Lance Cheung.

R&D News
26 November 2020
Latest research now available
26 November 2020
KVH makes decisions and bases advice on key research learnings, industry knowledge and experience. The scientific research publications that drive our policies and management advice are added to our...
Latest research now available
26 November 2020

KVH makes decisions and bases advice on key research learnings, industry knowledge and experience.

The scientific research publications that drive our policies and management advice are added to our website as they are finalised. Growers are encouraged to look them up and have a browse of the many different reports we make available.

Recently added:

• A
n extensive literature review was undertaken on pollen and associated floral debris as a means of pathogen (viruses, oomycetes, fungi and bacteria) spread. This work will help inform KVH’s Proposed Pathway management Plan to ensure appropriate measures are implemented to manage the level of risk associated with pollen.

• A report on a project aimed to understand which members of the fungal group Nectriaceae are associated with kiwifruit trunk disease. A survey of three kiwifruit orchards (two in the Bay of Plenty, one in Motueka), with a history of disease, took place in early 2019.

Read more about these research reports, and view the reports themselves in full on the KVH website here.

Biosecurity News
26 November 2020
More Psa after difficult weather periods
26 November 2020
Many growers are reporting this spring as being a more difficult Psa season than seen for the previous two years. Last year’s summer drought has likely created additional plant stress on...
More Psa after difficult weather periods
26 November 2020

Many growers are reporting this spring as being a more difficult Psa season than seen for the previous two years.

Last year’s summer drought has likely created additional plant stress on some sites, possibly reducing vine resilience to disease, but difficult weather conditions have also played a part.

Cold stormy periods in early November resulted in a surge of spotting and Hayward flower-bud infection for higher altitude Tauranga sites and other Bay of Plenty sites have reported a lift in cane die-back for Gold3 around fruit-set.

KVH has also received reports from two young Gold development blocks in Kerikeri where NE winds have caused damage, followed by intense Psa leaf-spotting (image is from a 2019 grafted Gold3 site).

Growers on high Psa risk sites and particularly those with young plants are recommended to continue with a strong cut out and protective spray programme.

A reminder that both Green and Gold kiwifruit have a skin sensitive period where skin is at the greatest risk of marking or damage. For Green, this period is between 14-35 days post fruit set and for Gold , it’s between 21-80 days post fruitset so care should be taken when considering spraying in this period.  A reminder that Aureo Gold is an additional tool available to growers through to the six weeks after fruitset.

Company Notices
26 November 2020
Pathway Plan - how we plan to address feedback so far
26 November 2020
KVH consultation on the proposed Pathway Plan for the kiwifruit industry continues, with wide-ranging and constructive feedback on the proposal received so far. With the consultation period open for...
Pathway Plan - how we plan to address feedback so far
26 November 2020

KVH consultation on the proposed Pathway Plan for the kiwifruit industry continues, with wide-ranging and constructive feedback on the proposal received so far.

With the consultation period open for a few more weeks (until Friday 11 December) we thought it would be useful to check-in with the industry by summarising what we have heard so far and how we propose to address this feedback. A document summarising the consultation process to date; what we’ve heard; how we’ve taken support and suggested areas of improvement into account; and next steps can be found on the KVH website here.

Our intent with this document is to provide confidence that we have listened, and taken appropriate measures to address the feedback recieved.  We have chosen to do this now so that if you feel we haven’t got this quite right there is still opportunity for further engagement or submissions while the consultation process is running.

We encourage you to contact us if you have any questions about the proposal, and if you have any comments on any aspect of the Pathway Plan – good or bad – please send them in to us by emailing info@kvh.org.nz or by filling in the submission form available online.

Protocols & Movement Controls
26 November 2020
South Island orchard monitoring
26 November 2020
KVH recently completed a monitoring round of 10 South Island orchards who supply budwood to North Island nurseries, Zespri and other growers. An additional eight orchards will be monitored by AgFirst...
South Island orchard monitoring
26 November 2020

KVH recently completed a monitoring round of 10 South Island orchards who supply budwood to North Island nurseries, Zespri and other growers. An additional eight orchards will be monitored by AgFirst in early/mid-December.

The purpose of this round was to confirm the region has no Psa positive orchards and that good vine management is in place to ensure budwood from unhealthy vines is not supplied to other growers or nurseries.

Five samples were taken of leaves with Psa like spotting, but all were confirmed Psa Not-Detected. Growers from the orchards monitored had systems in place to prevent budwood from vines showing any unusual symptoms being collected and distributed.

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