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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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Nematicide could provide protection against Pythium

2017 has been a particularly bad year for cavity spot and damping off disease (both caused by Pythium species) in carrot and parsnip crops. Now trials have shown that biorational nematicide Nemguard DE, can provide useful additional suppression of Pythium spp. when used for the suppression of nematodes due to the action of the allyl-polysulfides...

Jan 31, 2018
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Glyphosate decision welcome news – NFU

The decision to re-authorise the use of glyphosate for five years is welcome news and testament to the hard work of British farmers in lobbying MEPs over its safety and benefits, according to the NFU. Guy Smith, NFU Vice President, said: “I would like to pay tribute to the farmers across the country who have...

Jan 31, 2018
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Promising results for GM potato trial

Scientists at The Sainsbury Laboratory (TSL) in Norwich have announced that the first year of field trials with GM potatoes designed to resist late blight, have worked “brilliantly”. The trials worked with three blight-resistant genes from a wild potato which were incorporated into the popular Maris Piper variety. After the first year of the trial,...

Dec 31, 2017
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Riverford seek growers to join Innovative Farmers field labs

Veg box pioneers Riverford are supporting farmer-led innovation by sponsoring three Innovative Farmers field labs, seeking sustainable solutions to some common problems faced by growers. The field labs are being coordinated at Riverford’s Devon HQ but growers from across the country are being invited to take part. They can actively join the Devon group, replicate...

Nov 21, 2017
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Greens sets the standard with onions

Greens Farming are part of the major private group Spearhead International, who farm 84,400 hectares across Europe in the UK, Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Romania, employing some 2,000 people. Starting in 1966, Greens specialised in vegetable and root crops in the Fens. This knowledge and experience has been continued and today they grow...

Oct 31, 2017
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Digging into Horticulture Study Visits

The Soil Association has a new programme called Digging into Horticulture, that aims to encourage more young people to consider a career in farming and to support those who have already taken the first steps towards a future in growing. Demand for farm staff is anticipated to rise in the next decade with 95,000 people...

Sep 30, 2017
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Combining running AH Worth with flood management role

As Chief executive officer, Duncan Worth is responsible for the day to day management of AH Worth, owner of QV Foods and Worth Farms. With a combined annual turnover of £140 million, the businesses employ approximately 500 people. He is also chairman of South Holland internal drainage board (IDB), making him responsible for over 400...

Sep 30, 2017
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Elveden Estate – LEAF monitor and SPot Farm

Frances Wright explores some of the benefits of being a LEAF farm and how the second year of AHDB SPot Farm trials fit with these principals. Being a LEAF (Linking Environment and Farming) Demonstration Farm means looking at practices with a more holistic outlook than demanded by best practice, says Andrew Francis, farm manager at...

Aug 31, 2017
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