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UK carrot growers break new ground with organic promotion

A group of growers which together represent the largest market share of UK organic carrots has formed an association to launch a major new promotional initiative. The venture, which is being managed by one of the growers, RB Organic (a division of Produce World), will aim to increase sales and encourage consumption by emphasising the...

Jul 31, 2018
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New AHDB Potatoes Store Managers’ Guide

The latest data on in-store airflow, tuber respiration and sprout suppression is included in the 3rd edition of Sutton Bridge Crop Storage Research’s (SBCSR) Potato Store Managers’ Guide. The guide, released on 18th June, is written by Adrian Cunnington, Head of Crop Storage Research at AHDB and is the latest publication from the world-leading SBCSR...

Jul 31, 2018
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Tackling pesticide pollution with on-farm collaboration

It’s fair to say that no responsible farmer or growers wants to pollute the environment, water courses or groundwater with pesticides. However, experiences at a Water Treatment Works (WTW) near Scunthorpe in North Lincolnshire in 2012 show how easily such a situation can occur, while the action taken by Anglian Water to allow the WTW...

Jun 30, 2018
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Growers catch up with planting but cold spring leaves its mark

As days have lengthened and the weather returned to a more ‘normal’ pattern over the last few weeks, many growers have been putting in extra hours in an effort to catch up on sowing and planting delays of up to eight weeks caused by March cold and snow and extended periods of heavy rain through...

Jun 30, 2018
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Benefits of SPot Farms highlighted in North East

AHDB’s Strategic Farm Network includes livestock, arable and potato farms and includes more than 50 Monitor and Strategic farms around the country. These farms, which are independent commercial enterprises, are a key part of AHDB’s knowledge transfer and trials strategy. Speaking at the Oxford Farming Conference in January, AHDB CEO Jane King said; “Last year,...

May 30, 2018
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BASIS training – not just for advisers

BASIS was established back in 1978 by the crop protection industry as a platform to develop standards for the safe storage and transport of pesticides, and to provide a recognised assessment for staff working in the crop protection sector. Since then its remit has grown, and while to most farmers and growers it is still...

May 25, 2018
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Stopping soil spread is key to preventing lettuce Fusarium wilt

Transfer by infested soil has been confirmed as the main route that the disease lettuce Fusarium wilt is spread, according to a recently published technical review. Infested soil can be spread on farm equipment, trays, pallets, plants and footwear. Since limited effective control options are available, the review concludes that good hygiene across the supply...

Apr 05, 2018
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Potato growers gain new blight chemistry

Brand new chemistry to tackle foliar and stem blight in UK and Irish potato crops has been approved and will be available for the 2018 season. In addition to performing impressively in domestic trials, Zorvec Enicade from DowDuPont has also delivered robust blight control across three continents where it is already available to growers. Craig...

Mar 05, 2018
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Scottish broccoli unharvested due to lack of workers

A vegetable grower in Scotland estimates that he lost between £30,000 and £50,000 last year because he could not find workers to pick his crops. James Orr grows broccoli, cauliflowers, potatoes, carrots and parsnips near St Andrews, in Fife. During the peak months between August and November he needs at least 30 temporary workers. He...

Mar 05, 2018
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Sustainable fertiliser use to benefit both crops and environment

How can growers use modern analysis and application technology to improve fertiliser use, both to make it more sustainable and improve yields and profitability? That was the key question posed at a recent Sustainability Conference on the Future of Fertilisation held at Stockbridge Technology Centre (STC), which also presented details of Innovate UK’s Tru-Nject project....

Feb 05, 2018
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