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A vegetable growing season with long-term consequences

In an industry with long memories, many growers are saying 2018 stands out as the worst they’ve ever known – and the effects are going to be felt well into next year. The unprecedented combination of weather conditions has affected a wide range of field vegetables, writes Spence Gunn. “My father was born in 1939...

Sep 30, 2018
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Potato season review – whatever are we going to do with our weather?

From a cold and wet spring turning to baking hot weather, East Anglian potato crops were tried to their limit this year, reports Norfolk-based independent potato agronomist Andy Alexander. Planting was four or five weeks late, so rather than earlies, second earlies and maincrop all going in sequence, they were all bunched up together, he...

Sep 30, 2018
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Focused investment ensures onion quality

Third generation farmers Collmart Growers have been growing onions near Ramsey in Cambridgeshire for almost 60 years. Today the company is one of the largest independent producers of the crop, growing some 2,000 acres a year across five counties. “My grandfather John Collett, who was known as Jack, came to the Fens, when they were...

Aug 31, 2018
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New challenges ahead for GCA

There was a slight sense of déjà vu at the fifth Groceries Code Adjudicator (GCA) Annual Conference in London on 25th June as Adjudicator Christine Tacon reported good progress by retailers on a number of issues, but added that in other areas there is still work to do. One of the highlights of the annual...

Aug 31, 2018
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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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