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Edibles Production In Depth

Apprenticeships: Employers in charge

Apprenticeships: Employers in charge

25 July 2014

Major Government changes to apprenticeships put employers in the driving seat. Is horticulture ready? Jez Abbott finds out.

 
 
Weed control: production

Weed control: production

11 July 2014

The reduced availability of herbicides has led growers to consider alternative options, Sally Drury finds.

 
 
Kit tests - Tractors

Kit tests - Tractors

11 July 2014

How will these three new models fare when tested at Cannington Golf Club? Sally Drury finds out.

 
 
Get set for Fruit Focus

Get set for Fruit Focus

02 July 2014

Visitors will be offered insights into the latest applied research and technical developments at this year's event, writes Gavin McEwan.

 
 
Market report - Sprayers

Market report - Sprayers

13 June 2014

Sally Drury looks at the latest developments in units for the amenity sector and for commercial growers.

 
 

John AdlamJohn Adlam's Notes From The Nursery

A weekly roundup of jobs to do and what to watch out for to ensure your crops are protected.

Market Prices

Supermarket retail prices

Big changers week on week as of 14 July 2014

Cucumber, each
80
Co-op
Tomatoes, kg
159
Tesco
Radish, 200g
60 Sainsbury's
Parsnips, kg
129
Asda

More Supermarket retail prices


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 18 July 2014.

Beetroot, topped
17
 
Carrots, topped, washed
31
 
Mushrooms, cup, indoor
181
 
Raspberries, all varieties
624
 

More Wholesale prices

*National average wholesale and median prices charged in England.

The data in this column is supplied by Defra. www.defra.gov.uk

 

 

Technical

Automation - Smart farming

Automation - Smart farming

16 May 2014

Fresh research impetus is helping to unlock the promises of automation across a wide range of produce areas, Gavin McEwan reports.

 
 
Liquid feeding

Liquid feeding

24 April 2014

The application of fertilisers through irrigation systems has many benefits over conventional spraying.

 
 
Fresh produce packaging - Waste reduction

Fresh produce packaging - Waste reduction

10 April 2014

Retailers' response to food-waste concerns is driving packaging manufacturers to find innovative solutions, Gavin McEwan reports.

 
 
Growing media - Supply and demand

Growing media - Supply and demand

13 March 2014

Limited peat availability last year may have helped the slow move to alternative media to gather pace, Gavin McEwan reports.

 
 

Pest & Disease Factsheets

Pest & Disease Management - Tarsonemid and eriophyid mites

These two key groups can cause damage across a variety of ornamental crops.

Pest & Disease Management - Vine weevils

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.

Pest & Disease Management - Leaf and stem nematodes

Eelworms can carry viruses and cause damage by feeding on ornamental crops.

Pest & Disease Management - Aphids

With their pear-shaped bodies, long antennae and a pair of rear-end siphunculi -- or exhaust pipes as they are sometimes described -- aphids are one of the most easily recognised and common glasshouse pests.

 

Crop Trials

Minimising residue

Minimising residue

02 August 2013

Industry trials on providing effective pest control while leaving minimal pesticide residue are yielding positive results, Gavin McEwan finds.

 
 
Vegetable seed trials - Future promise

Vegetable seed trials - Future promise

15 November 2012

Despite tough growing conditions seed companies showed some promising varieties at October's Lincolnshire field trials, Gavin McEwan reports.

 
 
Lettuce crop trials - Salad showcase

Lettuce crop trials - Salad showcase

20 July 2012

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.

 
 
Vining Pea Trials - Perfecting peas

Vining Pea Trials - Perfecting peas

13 July 2012

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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In This Issue

Horticulture Week - 25 July 2014

NEWS: Gardeners’ wages likely to be raised by RHS in benchmark exercise

GARDEN RETAIL TOP 100 PROFILE: How Coolings in Kent has built up its reputation

KIT TEST: Echo, Makita and Stihl submit their latest chainsaw models for testing at Derby College

PLANT FOCUS: Ligularia

PEST & DISEASE FACTSHEET: Spider mites

UK GROWER AWARDS 2015: Entries now open