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Open day shows benefits of drip irrigation

A recent open day organised by Howseman Agriculture and Netafim on the silt soils north of Holbeach in Lincolnshire demonstrated how effective drip irrigation can be for potato production. Although the event, hosted by Loveden Estates, occurred just a couple of weeks after torrential rain hits parts of the county, Andrew Howseman, founder and proprietor...

Sep 30, 2019
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Trials show options for carrot weed control

The loss of herbicide products, and in particular the loss of linuron on certain crops, continues to present challenges for vegetable growers, and this is one reason that AHDB Horticulture’s SCEPTREplus programme continues to investigate possible actives for use on crops including carrots and parsnips. In early July growers from across the UK had the...

Sep 30, 2019
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Improving crop yields

Greater progress in improving crop yields in the UK needs further support for farmer-lead innovation as well as empowering farmers to carry out their own on-farm testing to help optimise crop management for farms as well as increase farmer engagement on yield improvements. Speaking last month at an event hosted by the All Party Parliamentary...

Aug 31, 2019
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Norfolk crops showing good potential

An obsession with timing and good nutrition has resulted in well grown, consistent, even potato crop canopies across a number of varieties, reports Heather Briggs, after crop walking with specialist potato agronomist Andy Alexander. The tour included varieties destined for the processing and crisping sectors. The soil typically varied between clay and sand, and some...

Aug 31, 2019
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Exporting seed potatoes from the Highlands of Scotland

Growing seed potatoes in Scotland can be quite a lucrative business with buyers from all over the world knocking on the door to buy them. Up in the Highlands of Scotland the growing conditions for potatoes can be quite challenging given the harsh weather but it does have its advantages too, with excellent soil being...

Aug 31, 2019
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Sponsored post: New technology is changing the look of farms across the world

Agriculture has existed for countless years and evolved throughout the ages, so it should come as no surprise that many of today’s farmers are looking to new forms of tech and AI to help them grow crops. Currently, the agriculture industry is worth roughly an estimated £4 trillion, but with limited access to water and...

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Gold Hill Organics – growing really good vegetables

Hidden away in the North Dorset countryside, Gold Hill Organic Farm has become a successful operation serving their local community. The thing that is most telling about Gold Hill Organic Farm is how much it has managed to integrate itself into the local community. Almost all the Dorset-based organic company’s business is sold through its...

Jul 31, 2019
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UK trial validates Dutch approach to thrip control in onions

The hot, dry summer of 2018 was ideal for onion thrips and following the mild winter and warm, dry spring, the Allium & Brassica Agronomy team see the potential for another bad year. AB agronomist Carl Sharp says timing will be the key to effective control. As for many pests, onion thrip control has become...

Jun 30, 2019
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Future water issues will require serious consideration

A couple of weeks of much needed rainfall in early May will have helped crops, but will have done relatively little to refill reservoirs and aquifers after a drier than average winter. For the coming season all eyes will be on the Environment Agency’s Updated prospects for irrigation reports, but in the longer term agriculture...

Jun 30, 2019
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Lettuce aphid and virus control moving into unknown territory

In the third and final article in our series looking into the implications of the loss of neonicotinoid seed treatments, The Vegetable Farmer asks Fresh Produce Consultancy’s David Norman what it could mean for lettuce growers. There is some irony in the situation lettuce growers face this year. For the last 25 years the neonicotinoid seed...

Jun 30, 2019
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