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Kiwifruit harvest is under way - talk to your neighbours before you spray

NZ Avocado is encouraging growers to be mindful that the kiwifruit harvest season is underway. Growers should be talking to neighbours before spraying to identify if any neighbours have kiwifruit that are scheduled for harvest. Please ensure you are implementing smart spraying decisions and practices. Caution is advised with regards to the use of products such as Carbaryl and Calypso at this time especially if there is any potential for drift onto neighbouring kiwifruit. Consultants are advising if you have kiwifruit on the boundary to use pyrethrum and oil until harvest is completed. If you have any concerns or questions please contact your consultant.

Severe weather in North Island - links to tree management tips

The weather is currently severe over much of the North Island with wind, rain and hail over the past 24-48 hours causing some major damage and disruption.  Reports show this starting to clear across all regions of the upper North Island from this evening into Friday. Once it is safe to do so it is important for growers to get out into your orchards and assess the damage.There is a step-by-step guide with short videos available for growers on our website https://industry.nzavocado.co.nz/industry/storm_damage.csn to help you with assessing the storm damage in your orchard and letting you know how to manage this. The two main factors that you will need to address are waterlogging of the soil and damage from the strong winds. Some key things to consider are:        Is your orchard safe?   Are there leaning trees/branches? Are there fruit and branches on the ground that may present hazards?  Aim to reduce the amount of soil moisture as quickly as possible. Any young trees that have been blown over will want to be attended to asap. The longer they are left before they are straightened, the more damage will have been done to the root systems. If it’s not possible to straighten them quickly, consider leaving them to grow as they are. Damage to large trees needs to be assessed, this includes exposed roots. Debris from larger trees will ideally be removed, although this is not urgent but is good orchard hygiene. Remember to consider your irrigation at this time – you may need to turn it off for a little while.  If any significant damage has occurred remember to continue to reassess the situation over the coming months. Most importantly make sure it is safe to go back into your orchard before you venture out there to do anything.

Big crops need extra consideration

We are aware that many orchards are experiencing very large crop loads, placing extra demand on the trees. This increases the importance of proactively managing stress on the trees to not only support the current crop but to encourage a good return crop for the following season. The specific measures that growers should be implementing will vary between orchards however the crop load should be factored in to your orchard management decisions. Things to keep an eye on: Soil moisture in your orchard, including surface moisture. Excessive soil moisture can suffocate root systems and promote Phytophthora infection. Pest and pathogen pressure. Monitor regularly to keep on top of pests. Nutrient availability, fertiliser programmes should be reviewed now that the majority of fruit drop has occurred and there is a clearer indication of crop load. Consideration should be given to minerals as well as nitrogen. Soil testing is an important tool for identifying needs, leading to cost-effective application of nutrients. In light of the big season that we are expecting, maintaining the quality of fruit will be important while ensuring the trees have enough resources to set a good amount of fruit next season. These things need to be considered and actioned before we head into winter. We recommend working closely with your technical advisers to ensure your trees are properly supported to achieve good quality fruit this season as well as next. Feel free to contact our R&D team if you have any questions, concerns or need any help.

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Upcoming Events

NZ Avocado Opotiki field day

11:00 AM, 04 May 2016

Join the NZ Avocado team for a field day at Carinya Orchard in Opotiki.  Date: 4 May 2016 Time: 11am - 2pm Venue: Carinya Orchard, Armstrong Road, Opotiki Discussion topics: TBC Light lunch provided.  Please bring a folding chair for your comfort.  Registration is essential – contact NZ Avocado by calling 07 571 6147 or by emailing jo.nunn@nzavocado.co.nz  Field Day biosecurity Clean your footwear before arriving: Foot baths with sanitiser may also be available however these solutions only work when applied to visibly clean footwear. Clean your vehicle: All vehicles should park in designated areas; any dirt laden vehicles should not enter the orchard. Register before or on the day: This provides the opportunity to receive field day material and will help to trace any unwanted pest movements. Follow biosecurity signage: Clear instructions will help remind attendees of any biosecurity and parking requirements.  

2016 Bay of Plenty Young Fruit Grower competition

09:00 AM, 22 June 2016

The 2016 Bay of Plenty Young Fruit Grower competition aims to promote and celebrate the talents of young people employed in the Bay of Plenty fruit-growing sectors. This year’s competition is on Wednesday 22 June 2016 at the stunning Mills Reef Winery in Tauranga followed by a gala dinner and awards ceremony in the evening. We have some of the best fruit in the country so it goes without saying that there are also a number of very talented young fruit growers in the region and this event is the perfect opportunity to showcase their horticultural skills. The winner of the 2016 Bay of Plenty Young Fruit Grower goes forward to the national final of the NZ Young Fruit Grower on 19-20 July 2016 in Pukekohe. The day event also coincides with ‘Cultivate Your Career’ – an event attended by hundreds of Year 11, 12 and 13 secondary school students. With the aim of promoting horticulture as a career, it exposes students to the endless opportunities available to them in the horticulture sector and to skills they need to transition from school into the wider world of employment, training and/ or further education in the Bay of Plenty. Here’s how you can be part of the 2016 Bay of Plenty Young Fruit Grower Competition: Enter the competition! Showcase your horticultural skills and initiative by entering the 2016 BOP Young Fruit Grower Competition. The event will expose you to great networking opportunities with industry leaders and you can win some fantastic cash prizes! To enter go to www.bopyoungfruitgrower.co.nz. Become a Sponsor! Align your brand with the BOPYFG competition. Attended by hundreds of industry people, the event offers great recognition and significant brand exposure for sponsors and supporters.GOLD – sponsorship funding of $5,000 SILVER – sponsorship funding of $3,000 - $4,999BRONZE – sponsorship funding of $1,000 - $2999 Hold a Trade Exhibition! Trade stands are $200 each, irrelevant of scale. Take this opportunity to showcase your business in the Bay of Plenty where horticulture industries are thriving.  Trade Exhibitors are also welcome to provide specific demonstrations during the day event which will become part of the event schedule and advertised to attendees. Mills Reef has an extensive grass area with plenty of room for trade stands of all shapes and sizes. For more information visit www.bopyoungfruitgrower.co.nz.

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