Life seems to be one worrying event after another at the moment in NZ. As kiwifruit growers we have had the most rapidly changing set of events in the 30 plus years we have been orcharding.Psa the bacterial vine disease is spreading / presenting itself in many orchards now. One orchard with vines with the disease is only a couple of kilometres away from us across the main highway . At last count 51 orchards now have some vines with the disease. ( more gold vines have it than green at this stage...but they flower earlier than green. ) It has reached most growing areas in NZ.( more information about this can be gained by googling the subject... (as it is a rapidly changing story ). All we can do is keep checking our vines for any symptoms. We are due to get our beehives in for pollination tomorrow night. No artifical pollination will be happening this year...as pollen is a likely way of spreading the bacteria.
Luckily there will be no change to market access of NZ kiwifruit to other countries as it is not spread by the fruit - BUT the vines die or have to be cut out so there will be LESS fruit.
Worse still is the Pike River Mine explosion that happened on the West Coast of the South Island. 29 miners are still trapped/ missing underground since about 4pm Friday. TV 1 is running hourly updates on what progress is being made trying to make the rescue attempt.
Over night we have had light misty rain ( which is much needed ) but will stop the bees working in the vines.( they don't have rain coats or umbrellas ). I went outside with my camera and these were the 2 things I wanted to capture in image .
August 19 in history
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