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What will post-Brexit pesticides authorisation and capital support for fresh produce look like?

What will post-Brexit pesticides authorisation and capital support for fresh produce look like?

The likely impact on seasonal labour has dominated discussions of the consequences of withdrawal from the EU for UK production horticulture.

What can be done to stave off labour shortages in fresh produce?

What can be done to stave off labour shortages in fresh produce?

With a seasonal labour shortfall starting to take its toll in production horticulture, and some crops already being left unpicked, growers' representatives say clarity from the Government on migrant labour is now essential.

Can English wine continue to build on its success?

Can English wine continue to build on its success?

This week's merger between the UK Vineyards Association (UKVA) and English Wine Producers (EWP), signalled a renewed determination to drive the industry forward at home and abroad.


Supermarket retail

Big changers week on week as of 10 July 2017

Celery (each) 100 Morrisons
Radish (200g) 60 Waitrose
Aubergine (each) 70 Sainsbury's
Strawberries (400kg) 119 Aldi

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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 7 July 2017

Broad beans 129
Courgette, all varieties 98
Raspberries (all varieties) 515
Strawberries (all varieties) 327

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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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Fruit Focus 2017 - Fruit-growing showcase

Fruit Focus 2017 - Fruit-growing showcase

A diverse range of new varieties and products are set to be introduced at this year's Fruit Focus show, says Gavin McEwan.

Pest and disease management - Powdery mildew in edible field crops

Pest and disease management - Powdery mildew in edible field crops

Powdery mildew in field crops, by Professor Geoffrey Dixon

Pest & Disease Factsheet - White mould

Pest & Disease Factsheet - White mould

Pest & disease factsheet - Mycosphaerella brassicicola (ring spot)

Pest & disease factsheet - Mycosphaerella brassicicola (ring spot)

Disease profile for field vegetable growers, by Professor Geoffrey Dixon.

Pest & Disease Management - Leptosphaeria maculans (Phoma leaf spot) on field vegetable crops

Pest & Disease Management - Leptosphaeria maculans (Phoma leaf spot) on field vegetable crops

Disease profile for field vegetable growers, by Professor Geoffrey Dixon.

Pest & Disease Management - Downy mildews on field vegetable crops

Pest & Disease Management - Downy mildews on field vegetable crops

These pathogens are characterised by sporulating on the under-surfaces of leaves with chlorotic and necrotic areas found on the upper surfaces, writes Geoffrey Dixon.


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.

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.