Protection especially important during wet weather
Almost twice as much rainfall than last year has been recorded in June 2014 at the Te Puke Research Orchard (TPRO) (see graph above). Similar rainfall patterns have occurred in other parts of the country with winter 2014 shaping up to be much wetter than last year.
Many growers will be struggling to complete their normal orchard activities in between this wet weather. The application of protectant sprays before and after pruning is particularly important through this time.
KVH recommends the application of a minimum of five copper sprays during dormancy. Research and experience has shown a strong copper programme over the dormant period has significant advantages the following spring.