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Edibles category deadline for UK Grower Awards is 9 January 2017

Edibles category deadline for UK Grower Awards is 9 January 2017

Production professionals in the edible crop sectors have until the first week in January to prepare their entries.

Supermarket retail

Big changers week on week as of 14 November 2016

Lettuce, Round (each) 60 Sainsbury's
Onions, (kg) 73 Morrisons
Carrots (kg) 60 Tesco
Apples, Gala (kg) 150 Asda

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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 18 November 2016.

Carrots, Topped/washed 35
Bulb onions, yellow/red 30/44
Raspberries , all varieties 1,460
Parsnips 100

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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

Polytunnels

Polytunnels

Advanced cladding, better ventilation and more durable frameworks are among the improvements offered by the latest polytunnels, says Sally Drury.

Dutch vegetable open days

Dutch vegetable open days

Brassicas, squashes, salads, roots and alliums were all on show as growers, advisers, agents and buyers visited the main seed breeders' sites, Gavin McEwan reports.

A growing choice - the industry assesses alternatives to peat

A growing choice - the industry assesses alternatives to peat

Industry efforts to reduce peat continue as coir suppliers invest in continuous supply and growers take part in trials to assess alternatives, Gavin McEwan reports.

National Fruit Show 2016 - Business post-Brexit to be a key talking point

National Fruit Show 2016 - Business post-Brexit to be a key talking point

The post-Brexit political and regulatory landscape will be the subject of much attention from growers at this year's event.

Pest & disease Factsheet - Whiteflies

Pest & disease Factsheet - Whiteflies

Whiteflies are sap-sucking insects that can be found in high numbers on protected crops such as tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, chrysanthemum, fuchsia, abutilon and gerbera. They can also attack outdoor crops including brassicas.

Glasshouse technology

Glasshouse technology

A plethora of new products and services were launched at GreenTech offering further innovation in protected horticulture, Gavin McEwan reports.


Crop Trials

Trials show promise of automated topical herbicide application

Trials show promise of automated topical herbicide application

An automated vision-guided droplet application system with the potential to reduce herbicide use by 95 per cent should be ready for field trials in 2018, according to AHDB Horticulture.

Seabrook On ... Lack of specialist coverage will impact horticulture

Seabrook On ... Lack of specialist coverage will impact horticulture

July saw the usual cross-country tour of trial grounds and offered the opportunity to catch up with all the latest novelties due to be introduced next season, get re-acquainted with established lines and meet up with a good cross section of the trade. The notable thing for me was the shrinking number of fellow scribes and broadcasters attending these events.

Cross-sector funding secured for crop studies

Cross-sector funding secured for crop studies

Four new projects addressing challenges in soil and water management in crop rotations have been awarded £1.2m in cross-sector funding from the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB).