Season Calendar

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Sep
26

Listing Title The 2017 Birchwood Bus Trip

Paul Jones is taking some time out of his busy schedule to show us through a couple of his orchards. I have asked him to talk to some points like: Orchard history, OGR...

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Oct
13

Listing Title Birchwood Grower Nominees Meeting

If you require a copy of last months’ minutes or any of the supporting documentation please call Kirsty at the Birchwood office on 07 549 1679...

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Oct
16

Listing Title Grower Payment

Your payment advice will be available to you through the website. If you would like a copy posted please call Kirsty at the Birchwood office on 07 549 1679...

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Monthly Tips - What to expect during the seasons

 

March – June

Harvest

Make sure all load out areas are prepared and ready. It is imperative that all hazards are identified and eliminated. It is a requirement to ensure that all handwashing and toilet facilities are available for all workers on the orchard so that hygiene is kept to a high standard. It is also a good idea to make yourself available during harvest – you’d be amazed how motivating a batch of scones can be!

June – September

Winter Pruning

It’s important to set the foundation for the season ahead. Identify ideal bud numbers and develop a plan to target those numbers. Doing this will help you reach an optimal balance between crop load and dry matter. Also, be sure to closely monitor pruning activity to ensure targets are met


August

Hi-Cane

Make sure you have considered your winter chill units for your locality before choosing an application date.  Timing is crucial – if apply Hi-Cane too early you’ll get doubles and triples, and if you apply it too late you have less bud break. It really pays to know your natural bud break if you don’t already. As research suggest Hi-Cane is best applied 20-30 days before natural bud break.

October – November

Remember the importance of following the “bee safe” practices. Optimise male vine distribution by ensuring each female is within 6 metres of a male vine in Hayward and 8 metres in all Gold varieties. Also monitor male/female flower synchronisation – if flowering is not in sync, you will need to consider supplementary pollination. Conducting bee counts will give you a good idea as to how pollination is proceeding during flowering.


January

Monthly Tips

  • Summer Crop Management
  • Cosmetic Fruit Thinning
  • Trunk Girdling – ensure you record the date
  • Enjoy downtime while it lasts
  • Crop Estimates
  • Root Prune
  • PVH Monitoring

     

February

Monthly Tips

  • Crop estimates
  • Cosmetic Fruit thinning
  • Trunk Girdling – ensure you record the date
  • KiwiGreen monitoring
  • Pre-harvest packhouse maturity samples taken
  • Spray loadout areas & order metal if required
  • Packing agreement issued and signed

March

Monthly Tips

  • Summer canopy work
  • Cosmetic fruit thinning
  • Pre-harvest packhouse maturity samples taken
  • Clearance samples for early start
  • Harvest and packing
  • Post- harvest sprays (Actigard, Copper)
  • Be prepared for early frosts

     

April

Monthly Tips

  • Pre-harvest packhouse maturity samples taken
  • Clearance samples collected
  • Harvest and packing
  • Post-harvest sprays (Actigard, Copper)
  • Be prepared for early frosts

     

May

Monthly Tips

  • Clearance samples collected
  • Harvest and packing
  • Post-harvest sprays (Actigard, Copper)
  • Be prepared for frosts
  • Mainpack harvest and packing


     

June

Monthly Tips

  • Clearance samples collected
  • Harvest and packing
  • Post-Harvest Copper
  • Copper spray after leaf fall
  • Winter Pruning
  • Copper Spray after winter pruning
  • Monitor winter buds after pruning
  • Soil Tests and Fertiliser recommendations

July

Monthly Tips

  • Repairs & Maintenance
  • Copper Spray for PSA
  • Talstar and Engulf for Cicada, PVH & scale control
  • Monitor winter buds following pruning
  • Time to think about orchard management
  • Time to think about orchard leasing and go on holiday

August

Monthly Tips

  • Base fertiliser application
  • Hi-Cane application – ensure you record date
  • Winter bud numbers counted and recorded



     

September

Monthly Tips

  • First side dressing
  • Note bud break date
  • PSA spray
  • Cutting out PSA infection
  • Be prepared for frosts
  • Tip Crushing
  • Confirm Bee Keeper arrangements
     

October

Monthly Tips

  • Second side dressing
  • Tip crushing
  • Spray for scale, leaf roller, sclerotinia & PSA pre-flower
  • Flower bud monitoring
  • Flower bud thinning
  • G3 flowering check male synchronisation
  • Note bees in date
  • HW trunk girdle for PSA flower bud rot
  • Gap audit
  • Be prepared for frosts
  • PSA sprays

November

Monthly Tips

  • KPIN registrations arrive complete & send back to Zespri
  • G3 fruitlet thinning
  • HW flowering
  • Note bees in date
  • Note full bloom date
  • Leaf tests and recommendations
  • Start summer canopy work
  • GAP Audits
  • PSA Sprays
  • G3 male Pruning
  • Tip Crushing

December

Monthly Tips

  • KPIN registrations completed and sent back to Zespri
  • Trunk girdling – record date
  • Leaf tests and recommendations
  • Summer canopy work
  • GAP Audits
  • Early crop estimates for Zespri
  • Male Pruning