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If you buy organic carrots from a major retailer in the UK, they have likely been washed with water filtered through a reed bed at Produce World’s factory in Yaxley, near Peterborough. “As an organic site, we invested in a natural water treatment process – a reed bed, to clean our water instead of using...Read More
Green cover headlands sown on potato and root vegetable crop headlands is proving a positive attraction for pollinators, and helping to conserve valuable soil resources. Successful results from a 2016 pilot project of the Syngenta Operation Pollinator initiative, instigated and supported exclusively by ASDA growers through the IPL supply chain, now aims to plant up...Read More
The Soil Association’s recent 2017 Organic Market Report reveals the UK organic market continues its fifth year of growth and is now worth £2.09 billion. Total sales of organic products increased by 7.1% in 2016 while non-organic sales continued to decline. Organic represents around 1.5% of the total UK food and drink market. Key trends...Read More
With no shortage of issues facing the industry, this year’s UK Brassica & Leafy Salads Conference in Peterborough attracted around 300 delegates. With a packed agenda featuring political, technical and commercial presentations, there was something for everyone. Dr Tina Barsby, CEO of NIAB EMR gave an overview of the organisations history and stressed that it...Read More
Over the last few years, issues around sustainability have been high on the agenda. Whether in terms of energy use, both from a cost and a climate change perspective, the avoidance of waste and the protection of the environment have all become much more important considerations when making any management decision. However, while access to...Read More
A potentially important part of the professional grower’s plant production programme is the use of beneficial microbes and microbial biostimulants, which are likely to become increasingly employed within field grown vegetables, as farmers look for alternative ways to boost yields and quality with a more limited ‘toolbox’. According to Lallemand Plant Care (LPC), one microbial...Read More
The prototype of a trailed semi-mechanical broccoli harvester could be seen in action at Syngenta’s annual international Dutch Open Days, writes Steven Vale. The idea is the brainchild of Syngenta’s crop portfolio manager for brassicas in Northern and Central Europe, Zenon Malek. After drawing several sketches, he got a local engineering company to make the...Read More