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Our Kiwifruit Knowledge

Fruitfed Supplies has worked with kiwifruit growers from the very early days, focusing a good portion of their research and development on this important crop to the New Zealand economy.

Our Fruitfed Supplies team also works with Kiwifruit Vine Health and postharvest facilities. These relationships ensure our Technical Specialists are up to date on issues and topics affecting the kiwifruit sector, allowing them to work collaboratively and share this information to the wider industry, including growers.

Our Growers | Kiwicare Horticulture

Father and son, Steve and Cody Law grow kiwifruit in the Bay of Plenty. With Cody the third generation of growers, the family has long sought the advice and knowledge of the Fruitfed Supplies team. Both Steve and Cody appreciate the up-to-date and succinct information they receive from their rep which Cody says they use to maximise their productivity on-orchard.

Kiwifruit Tech-Know Tips For June

  • Frost protection is important, particularly in frost-prone or high-pressure sites for Psa infection. Frost can be a factor in Psa disease development.
  • Use a temperature logger or weather station to monitor winter chill hours during May and June to then be able to calculate the date of natural bud-break in spring. You can then determine the correct timing of application for bud-break enhancers during dormancy.
  • When harvest finishes this month, it’s a key time to induce leaf-fall with an application of copper sulphate. Other options for growers wishing to use less copper are copper sulphate plus citric acid at a rate of 450 g and 900 g per 100 L of water respectively. Engulf penetrant can be added if you wish. A combination of zinc sulphate and urea at a rate of 600 g and 2 kg per 100 L of water respectively is also effective.
  • Psa control is still important in the coming cooler and wetter weather. Copper products are the only option at this time of year, with Kocide® Opti™ or Tri-base Blue® both good options, and Nordox™ for organic orchards.
  • Once pruning is underway, it’s important to maintain tool hygiene between pruning cuts to prevent the spread of Psa. Remove Psa cankers and dead canes as these can be an inoculum source of future Psa infections. Protect the pruning wounds with copper paste or spray. Pruning wounds can also be protected against other pathogens by applying Greenseal Ultra or PruneTec® pruning treatments.

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