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How will a reduced European apple harvest impact on UK growers?

How will a reduced European apple harvest impact on UK growers?

British top fruit growers concerned about the impact of this season's late frost can take some comfort from the situation on the Continent, where according to analysts, damage to tree fruit is at least as bad.

Drosophila update: where next for control research?

Drosophila update: where next for control research?

Berry growers concerned about the persistent threat of damage from spotted-wing drosophila can take heart from new research initiatives at home and abroad aimed at controlling the pest.

Future shape of an ideal seasonal worker scheme

Future shape of an ideal seasonal worker scheme

Association of Labour Providers sets out key requirements in latest position paper.


Supermarket retail

Big changers week on week as of 12 June 2017

Tomatoes (x6) 60 Morrisons
Parsnips (kg) 123 Tesco
Leeks (kg) 199 Co-op
Raspberries (150kg) 200 Waitrose

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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 19 June 2017

Asparagus (all varieties) 639
Cucumbers (all varieties) 70
Tomatoes, round 91
Raspberries (all varieties) 712

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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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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)

Pest & Disease Management - Leptosphaeria maculans (Phoma leaf spot)

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

Pest & Disease Management - Downy mildews on field crops

Pest & Disease Management - Downy mildews on field 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.

Pest & disease factsheet - Botrytis (Onion neck rot)

Pest & disease factsheet - Botrytis (Onion neck rot)

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

Pest & Disease Management - Grey mould

Pest & Disease Management - Grey mould

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


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.