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Dry spell helps kiwifruit

The hot and dry weather that has farmers and rural fire fighters nervous, is proving some comfort for kiwifruit growers.

For the second week in a row the weather has seen no new Psa-V identifications reported.

Seven laboratory test results that were submitted to Kiwifruit Vine Health this week all came back as not detected.

Since being discovered on an orchard in Te Puke in late 2010, wet weather has been shown to increase the spread of the vine killing disease.

69 percent of New Zealand’s kiwifruit hectares are on an orchard with Psa-V identified, 52 percent of them in Te Puke.

Weather conditions are changing and the next 48 hours could see it a little more unsettled but a return to dry weather is likely midweek. & NewstalkZB




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