The Hound was intrigued to read an article recently, on the Newsroom website, that shows that Education Minister Chris ‘Chippy’…
Throughout northern California wine producers have dealt with Pierce’s Disease, caused by the bacterial pathogen Xylella fastidiosa, for over a century.
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.
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.
A serious threat is posed to New Zealand’s agricultural and horticultural sectors by the brown marmorated stink bug (Halymorpha halys), MPI warns.
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.
A wallaby invasion helped by humans is tearing up farms and previous plantings, says Environment Canterbury (ECan).
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.
Farmers need access to centrefire, semi automatic rifles for killing pests, claims hunter Stewart Hydes.
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.
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.