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UK Grower Awards 2016

UK production industry hails its stars as winners of UK Grower Awards 2016 revealed

UK production industry hails its stars as winners of UK Grower Awards 2016 revealed

The stars of the UK's production industry were revealed last night with 24 outstanding businesses and individuals picking up awards at this year's prestigious UK Grower Awards 2016 presentation, hosted by Horticulture Week.

Supermarket retail

Big changers week on week as of 25 January 2016

Cabbage, red (kg) 80 Waitrose
Salad cress (each) 27 Co-op
Carrots (kg) 75 Morrisons
Apples, Gala (kg) 185 Sainsbury's

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Retail prices from the major supermarkets are collected by Market Intelligence Services and updated every Tuesday.

Wholesale prices

Average most usual as of W/E 29 January 2016.

Beetroot, topped 16  
Leeks, trimmed 39  
Watercress, all varieties (per bunch) 53  
Pears, Conference 55  

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*National average wholesale and median prices charged in England.

Data supplied by Defra. www.defra.gov.uk

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Edibles Production In Depth

From The Archive - Darwin and the humble-bees

From The Archive - Darwin and the humble-bees

On 21 August 1841, Charles Darwin wrote to Horticulture Week forerunner The Gardeners' Chronicle about "the humble-bees which bore holes in flowers" following a reader's complaint about damage to his bean crop. Continuing celebrations of our 175th anniversary, here we republish Darwin's letter

Crop protection - Finding effective defences

Crop protection - Finding effective defences

Market consolidation, a mild winter and the loss of established products are all challenges but some new options are emerging for growers, Gavin McEwan reports.

Perennial: a helping hand for horticulturists

Perennial: a helping hand for horticulturists

Horticulture industry charity Perennial offers a lifeline to those in need and support from business partners can help it to meet rising demand.

Industry Preview - What lies ahead for horticulture in 2016?

Industry Preview - What lies ahead for horticulture in 2016?

Matthew Appleby, Elizabeth Henry, Gavin McEwan and Sally Drury examine the key challenges and opportunities awaiting horticulture in 2016.

From The Archive - The gardener's friend

From The Archive - The gardener's friend

The first edition of Horticulture Week forerunner The Gardeners' Chronicle was published on 2 January 1841. Here we reproduce the leading article from that edition, setting out the "principal subjects" the journal was intended to embrace.

Seeding, potting and transplanting

Seeding, potting and transplanting

Demand for new machinery is being driven up by growers and nurserymen turning to automation because of projected increases in labour cost, Sally Drury reports.


Crop Trials

Genetic modification could halt Tuta absoluta, oak processionary moth

Genetic modification could halt Tuta absoluta, oak processionary moth

Genetic modification of insects could offer a solution to pest problems such as the spread of oak processionary moth, the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) has suggested.

Ubiqutek seeking angel investors to develop electric weedkiller for farming

Ubiqutek seeking angel investors to develop electric weedkiller for farming

Electric shock weedkilling technology maker Ubiqutek is raising capital through equity investors, after winning an EU Horizon 2020 grant to help develop the machinery for agricultural use.

Soft fruit Trials in progress for half-a-dozen strawberry varieties

Soft fruit Trials in progress for half-a-dozen strawberry varieties

Six promising new strawberry varieties, a mixture of both everbearers and June-bearers, are being trialled on a large scale over the next two years, East Malling Strawberry Breeding Club project manager Adam Whitehouse told the Soft Fruit Day.

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