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Our Fruitfed Supplies team works with apricot, cherry, nectarine and plum growers across Otago and Hawke's Bay.

A recent highlight in Fruitfed Supplies' support for the industry has been increasing our presence in Central Otago through the opening of the new Alexandra store and an expansion of our field representative team. 

Our Growers | Zaknich Farms - Zakberry

Waitakere strawberry grower Mark Zaknich is a year into a long-term plan to move a portion of his field-grown strawberry production under cover.
A lifelong berry grower having taken over the Zakberry operation from his father Ivan, Mark spent some time considering the pros and cons of tabletop growing, starting with a small trial in 2020...

Our Growers | Danube Orchards

Anthony Rakich is a third-generation strawberry grower. Based at Whenuapai, the team at Danube Orchards use a tabletop growing system, offering a more sustainable solution. Remembering visiting the local Fruitfed Supplies store as a child, Anthony now uses the team for advice on nutrient combinations and spray programmes to help manage pests and diseases.  

Summerfruit & Stonefruit Tech-Know Tips For July & August

  • When using copper to control bacterial canker, use full product rates and apply from late dormant to early bud swell.
  • Control green peach aphid with a suitable oil at late bud movement, plus an insecticide timed for egg hatch. Early season insecticide applications are less likely to adversely impact natural enemies.
  • Brown rot and Botrytis protection begins at the onset of bud-break. Rotate fungicide choices and reserve the big hitters for mid-late flowering.
  • Freshly pruned stonefruit trees are susceptible to silver leaf infection, particularly if rain is imminent. Apply a fungicidal wound dressing such as PruneTec or Greenseal Ultra to all significant cuts as soon as possible, and do not leave wounds unprotected overnight.
  • Peach leaf curl infection occurs soon after bud-burst, so focus on preventative strategies at this phenological stage. Like many foliar pathogens, leaf curl is triggered by cool rain so apply fungicide covers ahead of such weather. The protectant fungicide Mizar Granuflo® has good activity against peach leaf curl and is a good choice for the bud swell timing (Note: this is not compatible with copper). 

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