Biosecurity New Zealand and PNZ continue to work together on what the PMTV management programme will look like.
PNZ are consulting with growers, the wider industry and other interested parties. Our new PMTV survey assistant Paula is based in Canterbury, but will be travelling to gather samples. The latest update is on our website here.
Horticulture Leadership Programme 2019.
Please ensure all your PNZ forms are completed and sent in. They can be found on our website for membership, new grower registration, levies and seed grower certification. If you have any problems downloading these, feel free to email Gemma for assistance.
Of particular timely importance, is the levy form (BCI). If your buyer doesn’t pay the levy, then you as a grower need to complete the form, even if your payment is zero.
We have a number of recently revised & useful resources on our portal, including the very popular TPP Poster (updated) and also a new resource BioSecurity Poster. Be patient with the Portal link, as it loads very slowly, if you have any problems email Gemma directly with your order.
Technical Bulletins (TBs) are under our R&D heading on the website, these replace what used to be called the Potato Updates in the past.
NZQA Biosecurity Micro-Credential courses roll-out. Starting on April 8th in Pukekohe. Read about it in the latest HORT NZ newsletter here.
World Potato Congress have launched a free webinar series, which allows you to connect with international research and development. Click on this link to take you to their site.
Chip Group Industry Awards
Chips Shops and Chip lovers are urged to participate in the People’s Choice and Judges’ Supreme Awards. Entries open on the 1st April.
Register your entry here.
Grower Meeting – Seed Potato Certification Scheme
NZ AGRIFOOD 2019
Event page here.
The first Primary Industries NZ summit in Wellington 1-2 July. Register here.
Inta-Ag forum in Pukekohe – October 2019
Hear from Dr Calum Wilson on powdery scab and soil diseases, John I Keer on PCN and Howard Hinds on disease modelling. Read about it in their March Mag, on page 2.
Horticulture Industry Forum Dates:
10th April Wellington
2nd October Tauranga
5th December Wellington
Horticulture Conference Dates
31st July-2nd August Mystery Creek
Potatoes New Zealand Conference & AGM
13th -14th August Christchurch
Registrations will open late May & an early bird will be available until 28th June.
It’s a big year for The Chip Group and associated businesses, as we have two industry awards to present at the conference. Read more here and make sure our processing clients are qualified to enter for the awards.
Hort Connections Convention
24th – 26th June Melbourne
Open for registration and promising to be a great opportunity to connect with our friends over the ditch, share R & D, market trends, biosecurity challenges and more. Register now here.
Research and Development
TPP degree day graphs are being updated weekly, thanks to the team working at Plant and Food Research. You can follow the tracking on our website here. Tomato Potato Psyllid is one of the biggest pest challenges for potato and tomato growers.
We have a new Nutrient Management Advice PDF for Potato Growers. A revision of a previous resource, from Jeff Reid and Jeff Morton. It can be downloaded from our website under the R&D updates heading or read it here.
Keep up-to-date with our R&D projects via our website and come to our agronomists forum on the 13th August, the day before the PNZ Conference. The forum will cover highlights and Q&A on most of our projects.
- PNZ & Biosecurity NZ are in the process of developing a management plan, which will involve industry consultation. Click to read the most recent PMTV stakeholder update.
- PNZ have developed a Biosecurity Poster which you can download here or wait until we send it our at Easter time. Make Biosecurity a daily practice on your farm or as a rural professional visiting our farms.
In the media
Potatoes are gaining favour again in the media thanks to new research proving their benefits. PNZ use the following hashtags to highlight these stories on social media #foodasmedicine and #plantbasednutrition. This story in Potato News Today celebrates the anti-inflammatory properties of spuds.
Local grower James Bowan has had his story shared across social media channels. The public love to know the provenance of their food. Read the article here.
Waikato Regional Council are 18 months into a 5 year study of using manuka as riparian planting, to filter harmful nutrients and pathogens from waterways. Read about it in this stuff article.
Native plantings improve pollination and pest management on this Canterbury farm.
Some of the latest NZ Grower Articles:
Chip Group Update
Biosecurity – ‘Protect your Assets’
Field Walks – a celebration of R&D
Niki Bezzant’s Potato Chat
‘The Future is Here’ – story
Regreening Spray Trials article
International Media and Market Updates
The U.K. is now predicting high impact on vege production due to climate change.
Read the story here and which includes a link to the Priestly International Centre for Climate report at the end of the article.
Australian Potato Quality affected by long, hot, dry summer. Another climate change burn-out?
Sustainable horticulture industries should aim to use all parts of the plant product – so how about turning waste into Gin and Vodka?
The Irish have it sorted. Read here.
Canada’s Earthfresh are searching the world for unique potato varieties. Read about it here and if you are a Maori/heritage potato grower, perhaps you can submit your varieties for inclusion in this collection of diverse potatoes.
Looking for an eco-friendly control for wireworms? – read about the latest development here.
Andy Robinson will be speaking at our conference this year. Read his piece on ‘Recognising Herbicide Injury in Potatoes’ here.
How has X-Ray technology helped this Aussie farmer?
So affirming to see the media attention to the nutritional value of the world’s favourite vegetable. It’s finally in the spotlight as a new ‘super-food’. No surprises there right?!
Read about it.
Here’s Onegreenplanet’s website, a great resource for vegan/plant based potato recipes. Share them on your farm’s social media platforms. Let’s all work towards celebrating the best of veges.
Greenvale, the UK’s leading supplier of fresh potato and the largest organic potato supplier have created a great resource on potato trends in the U.K. from which there are trends similar to NZ consumer. This is a useful resource from which our marketing could learn. Read here.
Exporting news and statistics
See details in the links below.
Fresh potato exports 2019 weeks 8-12
Fresh potato exports 2019 weeks 4-7
Fresh potato exports 2019 weeks 1-3
Fresh potato exports 2018 weeks 47-52
Processed potato export February 2019
Processed potato export January 2019
Processed potato export December 2018
Processed potato export November 2018
Processed potato export October 2018
Processed potato export September 2018
Processed potato export August 2018
Processed potato export July 2018
PNZ Social Media Links
Over 7,000 people and organisations now follow us on social media to keep up with the latest New Zealand and international potato news. Send us your news and events so we can publish them via our social media channels.