Throughout northern California wine producers have dealt with Pierce’s Disease, caused by the bacterial pathogen Xylella fastidiosa, for over a century.

Published in Industry

In 2000 the New Zealand apple industry was brought to its knees due to mealybug infestation and the inability of insecticides alone to deal with them.

Published in Industry
Friday, 27 September 2019 12:50

Winning the war? BMSB in Georgia 2019

New Zealand Winegrowers (NZW) was part of a small delegation that recently visited the beautiful country of Georgia, in the Caucasus region between Europe and Asia.

Published in General News
Friday, 27 September 2019 12:08

Stink bug warning for importers

A serious threat is posed to New Zealand’s agricultural and horticultural sectors by the brown marmorated stink bug (Halymorpha halys), MPI warns.

Published in Machinery & Products
Friday, 27 September 2019 10:55

Farmers breed for worm resistance

A farmer collective breeding for parasite resistant genetics claim they are leading the pack as drench resistance becomes more prevalent and drench failure is reported NZ-wide.

Published in Management
Friday, 27 September 2019 08:55

Wallabies threaten to overwhelm

A wallaby invasion helped by humans is tearing up farms and previous plantings, says Environment Canterbury (ECan).

Published in Management
Thursday, 05 September 2019 08:52

Avoid the slippery downward spiral

Plant & Food Research’s Vaughn Bell has seen a lot of mealybugs in his time, but even he was stunned to see photos of infestations in Marlborough this past vintage.

Published in Industry
Thursday, 29 August 2019 07:55

Gun buy back a flop?

Farmers need access to centrefire, semi automatic rifles for killing pests, claims hunter Stewart Hydes.

Published in General News
Friday, 23 August 2019 12:41

From New Zealand to Canada

We in New Zealand can thank our lucky stars that the pests we have to deal with in our vineyards are limited to birds, rabbits and grass grubs. Spare a thought for our counterparts in Canada.

Published in Industry
Saturday, 22 June 2019 08:22

Harlequin Ladybird update

Native to Asia, the harlequin ladybird first arrived in Auckland, in 2016. Upon receiving notification of its arrival, MPI undertook an investigation and found it already too widespread for an eradication attempt to have any reasonable chance of success.

Published in Industry
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