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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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Plenty to discuss at EAPR post-harvest potato meeting

Potato researchers, agronomists and others from across the world met in Norwich in March for the 2019 biennial Post Harvest Section Meeting of the European Association for Potato Research (EAPR). With the industry expecting to lose access to sprout suppressant chlopropham (CIPC), new restrictions on the use of maleic hydrazide (MH), and renewed attention on...

May 31, 2019
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Drone Technology becoming more grower friendly

Around five years ago, there was a lot of excitement surrounding drones (or unmanned aerial vehicles) and their potential to help vegetables growers manage their crops. But whilst drones can, indeed, aid crop management, they have not yet been utilised to the extent that was initially predicted. There have been several reasons why this has...

May 31, 2019
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Getting the most from a limited labour pool

Even without the additional uncertainty caused by Brexit, labour availability has been an issue of increasing concern for horticultural businesses across the UK for a number of years. In 2017, 59 per cent of growers failed to secure the seasonal labour they required, resulting in un-harvested crops, increased employment costs and wages, and delayed investment...

Apr 30, 2019
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Care needed to choose right cover crop for the job

Green manures, cover crops and catch crops have become one of the hottest topics in farming over recent years. Whether you want to fix nitrogen, reduce pests, improve soil structure or simply prevent soil erosion by avoiding bare soil, there is probably someone who claims to have the right cover crop mixture for you. However,...

Mar 31, 2019
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Targeted spray application for vegetable crops

Vegetable crops create some of the most diverse and challenging targets for sprayer operators through the season. The Vegetable Farmermet up with Syngenta specialists to get some in field guidance and hear about the latest research trials. From bare soils with pre-emergence herbicides, to upright onions, dense cabbage heads and the huge biomass of Brussels...

Feb 28, 2019
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