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What challenges and opportunities lie in store for tomato growers?

What challenges and opportunities lie in store for tomato growers?

The British Tomato Growers Association (TGA) conference heard a range of perspectives on what changes lie in store for the sector and how to anticipate them.

Buoyant demand for UK apples but frost and labour remain concerns

Buoyant demand for UK apples but frost and labour remain concerns

As the British apple season begins, English Apples & Pears (EAP) is warning that growers will feel the effects of both a late frost in spring and also constrained labour supply.

What do the latest statistics say about the state of UK fruit & vegetable growing?

What do the latest statistics say about the state of UK fruit & vegetable growing?

Last year efforts to increase UK self-sufficiency in fruit and vegetables slipped, though fortunes differed between crops, according to new data published by Defra.


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Professor Geoffrey Dixon

GreenGene International chair Geoff Dixon on the business of fresh produce production
 

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Supermarket retail

Big changers week on week as of 4 September 2017

Celery hearts (x2) 100 Morrisons
Lettuce, Iceberg (each) 50 Waitrose
Aubergine (each) 70 Sainsbury's
Strawberries (400kg) 139 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 1 September 2017

Tomatoes, round 88
Leeks, trimmed 98
Raspberries (all varieties) 772
Strawberries (all varieties) 265

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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

Tomorrow's tractors

Tomorrow's tractors

These machines have advanced rapidly over recent years but what does the future hold? Sally Drury looks ahead.

Tractors for growers

Tractors for growers

The latest specialist tractors are providing wider choice for growers working in narrow rows, Sally Drury reports.

Horticulture education update - staying on course

Horticulture education update - staying on course

Raised levels of investment in horticulture education and increased student take-up is welcome news for the industry, says Rachel Anderson.

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

Sclerotinia sclerotiorum, S. minor and S. trifoliorum particularly affecting legumes such as green, broad and faba beans.