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Awards

UK Grower Awards 2017 winners honoured

UK Grower Awards 2017 winners honoured

More than 300 professionals from the UK production horticulture industry gathered in London's Covent Garden last night to hear the names of the winners of the UK Grower Awards 2017 revealed.

In depth

Clever polytunnel films

Clever polytunnel films

Longer seasons, improved yields and better crop quality are all being achieved thanks to the latest technically advanced smart films, Gavin McEwan reports.

Supermarket retail

Big changers week on week as of 6 February 2016

Lettuce, Chinese leaf (each) 124 Asda
Onions, red (kg) 100 Morrisons
Cauliflower (each) 80 Sainsbury's
Apples, Bramley(kg) 179 Co-op

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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 10 February 2016.

Brussels sprout 80
Cauliflower 70
Parsnip (all varieties) 95
Rhubarb (forced) 328

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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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UK Grower Awards 2017 - The Night

Help us celebrate the best in UK production horticulture at the glamorous Grand Connaught Rooms, London on Thursday 23rd February 2017.

Find out more about the UK Grower Awards night.

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Edibles Production In Depth

Business planning - Post-Brexit recruitment

Business planning - Post-Brexit recruitment

A good human resources strategy can help to ensure that you have enough of the right staff at the right time, Neville Stein advises.

How will apprenticeship levy impact horticulture business?

How will apprenticeship levy impact horticulture business?

Next month's introduction of the Government apprenticeship levy could offer good value for money for horticultural businesses, Rachel Anderson discovers.

What's in store for edibles production in 2017?

What's in store for edibles production in 2017?

National Living Wage, seasonal labour, apprenticeship levy, automation and robotics

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.


Crop Trials

£30k grant award to Global Plant Genetics will aid international fresh produce distribution

£30k grant award to Global Plant Genetics will aid international fresh produce distribution

Global Plant Genetics has been awarded an Innovate UK grant worth almost £30,000 to conduct a feasibility study to maximise the value of its berry and asparagus offer on an international basis.

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.