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Analysis

Will Europeans' higher export costs help growers?

Will Europeans' higher export costs help growers?

Farming analyst suggests UK retailers' pricing behaviour could negate any benefits

Pioneering honeyberry production in Scotland

Pioneering honeyberry production in Scotland

Convenience, health, taste and low labour input features of new varieties

What chance for less restrictive pesticide regulations?

What chance for less restrictive pesticide regulations?

Specialist suggests talk of more liberal regulatory landscape is unfounded


Supermarket retail

Big changers week on week as of 3 April 2017

Lettuce, round (each) 40 Asda
Cabbage, red (each) 80 Morrisons
Leeks (kg) 199 Co-op
Carrots (kg) 60 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 7 April 2017

Asparagus, all varieties 876
Cauliflower, Kent (per head) 52
Lettuce, Butterhead (per head) 41
Rhubarb (forced) 302

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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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Fresh Produce In Depth

Acidifying water supplies

Acidifying water supplies

This process can mitigate problems caused by irrigating with 'hard' water that has high calcium levels.

Biocontrols - market growing rapidly as regulations tighten

Biocontrols - market growing rapidly as regulations tighten

Manufacturers are developing new biological pest controls for growers facing more stringent regulations and customer demands, Gavin McEwan reports.

What are the benefits of switching to coir?

What are the benefits of switching to coir?

Growers report sustainability, high-quality crops and better productivity from switching to coir, says Gavin McEwan.

LED grower lighting systems

LED grower lighting systems

The 'LED revolution' is seeing more updated lighting products come onto the market to help growers save energy and improve efficiency, says Sally Drury.

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.

What options will apprentice levy open up for horticulture?

What options will apprentice levy open up for horticulture?

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


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.