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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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New Brussels sprout just one highlight at Elsoms Open Days

Elsoms’ annual Vegetable Open Days at the company’s trial field on the edge of Spalding provided almost as much to see inside as out., writes Richard Crowhurst. Outside a large number of crop plots displaying everything from brassicas to lettuce, root crops, spinach, celery, radish, salad onions and more, were accompanied by agronomy trials organised...

Dec 31, 2018
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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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