Black vine weevil (Otiorhynchus sulcatus) is a serious pest of ornamental nursery stock. The adults feed on susceptible plant foliage, leaving notched edges, and the larvae feed on roots.
Latest news, in-depth reporting and discussion of the fruit, vegetable and salad crop sector.
Edibles Production In Depth
Sally Drury explains how growers are going to have to use water more efficiently to keep costs down.
'There are a lot of areas in which Government could do better,' outgoing board chairman tells horticulture breakout session.
Demand for better energy efficiency, yields and quality is driving improvements in polytunnel covers, says Gavin McEwan.
Ensuring that staff work well together in teams will deliver a range of benefits, Neville Stein explains.
Ongoing restrictions on conventional crop-protection products are leading to a range of alternative approaches, Gavin McEwan finds.
Latest Edibles Production News
- NFU secures EU exemptions from MOT-style testing for agricultural vehicles
- Waitrose first to get English strawberries on shelves
- Horticultural Development Company announces new sector panel members
- Kit manufacturer Wessex moves to Andover
- McDonald's aims to change customer buying behaviour by giving away fruit bags with Happy Meals
- New control identified for brown rot disease
- More work needed on English and maths
- Scholarships awarded to inspire young horticulturists
- Outgoing NFU president gives final address
- International speakers highlight 'huge opportunities'
- Salad project wins celebrity backing
- Virus behind decline of UK bumblebees
Supermarket retail prices
Big changers week on week as of 24 February 2014
|Lettuce, round, each
|Salad cress, each
|Apples, Gala, kg
Retail prices from the major supermarkets are collected by Market Intelligence Services and updated every Tuesday.
Average most usual as of W/E 28 February 2014.
|Brussel sprouts,all varieties
|Carrots, topped, washed
|Parsnips, all varieties
*National average wholesale and median prices charged in England.
The data in this column is supplied by Defra. www.defra.gov.uk
Green-manure crops -- also known as cover crops -- play an important part in field-crop production in both agriculture and horticulture.
Most of the water in the South and South East contains appreciable amounts of calcium, giving it its characteristic "hardness". These calcium levels can result in several problems, all of which can be alleviated by acidifying the water. Although pH...
How is the top-fruit sector faring following a tough season - and what of prospects for next year? Gavin McEwan reports.
As the cost of oil, gas and electricity continues to rise, many growers are seeking alternatives that will allow at least the maintenance of profit margins in future, if not produce actual savings. Additionally, pressures relating to climate change a...
Pest & Disease Factsheets
Eelworms can carry viruses and cause damage by feeding on ornamental crops.
These sap-sucking pests with their pear-shaped bodies, long antennae and a pair of rear-end siphunculi - or exhaust pipes as they are sometimes described - are one of the most easily recognised and common glasshouse pests which pose a threat to many ...
This disease attacks woody plants in the Rosaceae family, which includes apples and pears, their ornamental equivalents plus others including amelanchier, aronia, Chaenomeles, cotoneaster, Crataegus, pyracantha and sorbus.
Latest Research Summaries
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Industry trials on providing effective pest control while leaving minimal pesticide residue are yielding positive results, Gavin McEwan finds.
Despite tough growing conditions seed companies showed some promising varieties at October's Lincolnshire field trials, Gavin McEwan reports.
Despite the later date caused by poor weather, suppliers had plenty of new lettuce and endive varieties at the NIAB's trials, Jack Shamash finds.
Research and trials are adding to the understanding of latest vining pea varieties, planting populations and their genetic make-up, says Sue Jupe.
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