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Getting the best out of brassica products

With a focus on insecticides, biostimulants, fungicides, and nutrition, Hutchinsons’ brassica demonstration day was held at Old Leake, Boston, on October 9th in conjunction with the Allium & Brassica Centre. The aim of the plots is to refine understanding of new products that are near-market, explained Peter Waldock, Hutchinsons technical support for vegetables. “Many of...

Nov 30, 2018
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Timely event on improving water management

The topics for Agri-Tech East’s Pollinator Events are set some time in advance, so it seemed to be prescient that Director Dr Belinda Clarke had chosen improving water management through innovation as the topic for the meeting immediately following one of the driest summers on record. Opening the event at Easton & Otley College’s Easton...

Oct 31, 2018
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Plenty to discuss at FPJ Live 2018

This year’s FPJ Live event – the UK Fruit & Vegetable Congress – saw a new venue, the Ricoh Arena in Coventry, and a new format – more akin to a talk show, with guests interviewed by various FPJ correspondents. Richard Crowhurst reports. Not surprisingly, despite an agenda which included production and trade; retailing and logistics;...

Oct 31, 2018
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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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