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Our Avocado Knowledge

Our Technical Horticultural Representatives and stores are present in the main avocado growing regions in the North Island.

Fruitfed Supplies also launched its avocado monitoring programme in 1997 and is now the largest certified Avogreen monitoring operator, a programme administered by New Zealand Avocados. AvoGreen monitoring is based on integrated pest management principles to help growers use suitable crop protection products and improve pack-out.

Avocado Tech-Know Tips For June

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  • Frost protection may be important during winter months if your site is prone to frost. June is a good time to undertake structural pruning to help increase light penetration into the canopy, aid spraying and manage crop load.
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  • Six-spotted mite numbers may start to increase during winter months. Avid® or Mit é Mec® plus Excel Organic Oil are good control options. Pyromite® is a new contact miticide with knockdown and residual activity and a different mode of action to other currently registered miticides. It can be applied once per season once thresholds have been reached and has a 14-day pre-harvest interval.
  • Autumn’s typically wet weather can produce prime conditions for the development of fruit rots. They can be treated all year round with applications of copper products such as Tri-Base Blue®. It’s recommended to apply at least eight copper sprays per year, and June is a good period for application. Removing dead wood during pruning and any mummified fruit helps remove the fungi inoculum sources which cause the rots.

*ACVM registration numbers apply. Read registered label before use.

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Our Citrus Knowledge

The Fruitfed Supplies team in Hawke's Bay, Bay of Plenty, Gisborne, and Northland offer product knowledge and support to orange, mandarin, grapefruit, and lime growers.

Crop monitoring is also an important part of Fruitfed Supplies' offering to the citrus industry. Timely pests and disease monitoring goes hand in hand with our Technical Horticultural Representatives' crop management recommendations and accurate reporting for accurate decision making and auditing purposes.

Citrus Tech-Know Tips For June

  • Early sweet oranges, early navel oranges, mid-season mandarins, lemons, limes and grapefruit are coming into harvest. Check for Brix and acid levels in mid-season mandarins.
  • If the weather remains mild, check greenhouse thrips numbers. Control may still be needed on late-harvest varieties. If your trees are pre-harvest, Excel Organic Oil is the best option. Fyfanon® can be used but be aware of the pre-harvest interval of up to 28 days in some markets.
  • If about to harvest, check for mites and if present, control with Excel Organic Oil before picking.
  • Brown rot may be more prevalent in autumn’s typically cooler, wetter conditions. If pre-harvest, apply a copper such as Tri-Base Blue®, or use Captan if post-harvest. Do not use mineral oil sprays for 14 days either side of Captan application. Include cultural control as a form of prevention by ensuring tree skirts are not touching the ground.
  • Floral induction and initiation start in June, and this is a good time to consider flower manipulation with an application of GIB40 or GIB3.

    *ACVM registration numbers apply. Read registered label before use.

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