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Supermarket retail

Big changers week on week as of 1 December 2014

Lettuce, Chinese leaf, each 130 Waitrose
Cabbage, green, each 69 Morrisons
Onions, kg 80 Sainsbury's
Apples, Gala, kg 195 M&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 5 December 2014.

Brussels sprouts, all varieties 27  
Celery, all washed 59  
Pears, Conference 50  
Turnip, all varieties 57  

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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

Growing media: Investment window

Growing media: Investment window

Growing-media suppliers are aiming to capitalise as many growers look to invest in production after a record soft-fruit season, Gavin McEwan reports.

Apprenticeships - Trailblazers emerge

Apprenticeships - Trailblazers emerge

Industry bodies have been setting up trailblazer groups to establish horticulture apprenticeships under the Government's new framework, Jonathan Tilley reports.

Pest and disease management - Powdery mildew

Pest and disease management - Powdery mildew

Powdery mildew in field crops, by Professor Geoffrey Dixon

Market report - Polytunnels

Market report - Polytunnels

Old and new structures help Rainbow Plants to grow top-quality nursery stock, Sally Drury discovers.

Pest & Disease Management - Slugs and snails - Pellets and non-chemical controls are available

Pest & Disease Management - Slugs and snails - Pellets and non-chemical controls are available

Feeding by slugs and snails is so economically damaging to farmers, growers and gardeners that millions of pounds have been devoted to finding new ways to combat these molluscan pests.

Pest & Disease Management - Grey mould: be alert to prevent damage

Pest & Disease Management - Grey mould: be alert to prevent damage

This disease compromises brassica, pea and bean field crop quality, Professor Geoffrey Dixon warns.


Crop Trials

Vegetable seed trials - Variety showcase

Vegetable seed trials - Variety showcase

International seed breeders opened the gates at their trial grounds in North Holland to show growers their newest varieties, Gavin McEwan reports.

Take part in field research to improve skills, open day visitors advised

Take part in field research to improve skills, open day visitors advised

Being involved in field-level research can improve growers' skills as well as increasing understanding of particular issues, Soil Association head of horticulture Ben Raskin told the Rijk Zwaan UK organic open day.

Westland Seeds features among specialists presenting sweet peppers

The trials marked the first opportunity for new specialist breeder Westland Seeds to show its sweet pepper range.

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