Important pollination messages for growers and pollen providers
There are higher levels of infection in male vines this year and we know Psa-V infection in flowers travels through to pollen and can spread onto other orchards.
Growers with little or no male infection are urged to consider making their orchard available for flower picking to support their own and industry stocks. Early male flowers can be collected for pollen without impacting on pollination.
Gowers supplying flowers are asked to assess their orchards to avoid infected areas and monitor pickers to ensure infected flowers are not picked.
All pollen providers must:
- Follow the movement control requirements in KVH Protocol: Artificial Pollination
- Have and operate a Psa-V Risk Management Plan—Artificial Pollination
- Follow the requirements in Psa-V Risk Management Plan Requirements—Artificial Pollination
Growers should not be sourcing pollen from a supplier who is not registered with KVH – click here for a list of registered pollen suppliers on the KVH website.