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El Nino update

Soil moisture deficits for the main growing regions haven’t been too bad but the effects of El Niño are predicted to continue through to March meaning vigilance is still needed.  Sporadic rainfall has kept soil moisture levels reasonably topped up with levels similar to historical averages. NIWA’s regional predictions for the January to March period in Northland, Auckland, Waikato and the Bay of Plenty are for temperatures to be above average, rainfall to be below average and soil moisture to be below average. We encourage growers to monitor their soil moisture levels with whatever equipment they have available to ensure trees have enough water but are not over irrigated. Digging a few holes with a spade is better than nothing and your trees may thank you for it.  For growers with tensiometers you should be starting to think about irrigating when your 30cm tensiometer is reading 15 - 20 kPa in sandy soils and 25 - 40 kPa for clay loam soils. Stop when your 60cm tensiometers is reading between 5-10 kPa for both soil types to prevent overwatering.  For more information on irrigation refer to page 36 of our Growing Productive Trees guide, which can be found on our industry website under the Orchard Mngt tab or by clicking here.

Tau fly under investigation in Auckland

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is investigating a find of a single Tau fly in a surveillance trap in the Auckland suburb of Manurewa. The Tau fly can be a pest of Cucurbitaie crops. This pest does not impact avocados, pip and stone fruit or kiwifruit.  Please see the media release here http://mpigovtnz.cwp.govt.nz/news-and-resources/media-releases/tau-fly-find-under-investigation/ Further details and the controlled area notice that contains a map of the affected area can be found on the MPI website www.mpi.govt.nz/tau-fly

Young leader from NZ is awarded a bursary to participate in the PMA Emerging Leaders Program

Midge Munro, Communications Manager at New Zealand Avocado, has been awarded a bursary to attend the 2016 Produce Marketing Association (PMA) Emerging Leaders Program, to be held in Arizona, USA. This bursary has been supported by PMA Australia-New Zealand Limited and Nuffield Australia for a young emerging leader from the horticultural industry. Midge’s career with New Zealand Avocado, the peak body for the export of avocados from New Zealand, spans seven years. She sets the strategy for the delivery of information to the industry’s 1350 growers, and works with marketers and exporters to promote avocados to consumers in New Zealand, Australia and Asia. She is delighted to have been selected as the inaugural recipient of this bursary. "I see my participation in the program as an exciting opportunity to learn, engage, collaborate and build my own capability to perform and deliver real value in the horticulture industry,” she says. "The demands on my role have increased following the establishment of the Primary Growth Partnership, the ongoing work to gain access to China for New Zealand avocados and increasing consumer demands for safer and healthier food”. "The global networking and engagement offered by the program, the opportunity to understand finance and the real demands of managing a business will be extremely valuable and enable me to provide greater support to the growers and exporters I work with,” she says. Midge aspires to be a highly capable leader in the produce industry, which she is passionate about. "I believe that the PMA Emerging Leaders Program will provide the step change I need to set that pathway in place”. The PMA Foundation Emerging Leaders Program is a multifaceted, rigorous program for 36 potential leaders from all segments of the global produce and floral supply chain to embrace responsibility and manage the challenges and opportunities inherent in future leadership roles within the industry. The program includes a four-day "on campus” component, online modules and a capstone course at PMA’s Fresh Summit, a primary platform for connecting with the horticultural supply chain.

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Upcoming Events

Freshmax, JP Exports, Natural Touch and NZ Avocado field day

09:00 AM, 23 February 2016

Tuesday 23 February, 9:00am – 12:00pm, 120 Bint Road, Whangarei. BBQ lunch provided. Freshmax, JP Exports, Natural Touch and NZ Avocado field day - All welcome Join us for a look at a rejuvenated orchard and the techniques used here, discussion on new plantings and spacing options, and tree health factors. Also updates from the industry and the markets, plus a catch up over a BBQ lunch. Registration is essential – contact NZ Avocado via an email to Jo Nunn jo.nunn@nzavocado.co.nzor call 07 571 6147

AVOCO, Golden Mile and NZ Avocado field day

02:00 PM, 23 February 2016

Tuesday 23 February – Lynwood Avocado Nursey and Orchard, 701 State Highway 14, Maunu, Whangarei. 2:00pm – 5:00pm AVOCO, Golden Mile and NZ Avocado field day - All welcome Join us for a look at redevelopment and replanting at Lynwood orchard as well as a discussion on new cultivars, phosphonate application, root testing and tree health. Also updates from the industry and the markets, plus a catch up over afternoon tea. Registration is essential – contact NZ Avocado via an email to Jo Nunn jo.nunn@nzavocado.co.nzor call 07 571 6147

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