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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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Royal Oak Farm – taking on the organic challenge

Royal Oak Organics is a great example of how you can make small-scale growing work. Adrian Tatumtalks to Cheryl Carrithers about what it takes to make it a success. Lancashire is home to some of the best vegetable growing land in the country and home also to some of the best vegetable growers. Ormskirk-based Royal...

Feb 28, 2019
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Increasing returns from the field

The appetite for health and traceability is helping those growers seeking to add value to their crops by developing and marketing their own products such as high-end crisps and drinks, reports Spence Gunn. A high risk, low reward industry with deteriorating profitability and escalating costs was how the NFU characterised horticulture in its report on...

Jan 31, 2019
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Hazera breeders focusing on grower issues

There was a firm focus on delivering varieties which help to deliver practical solutions to the problems faced by growers at Hazera’s annual Lincolnshire open days, which were held at Kirton Holme near Boston on 10th and 11th October. With this in mind, pest resistance, ease of harvesting and season extension were among the attributes...

Jan 31, 2019
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