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Edibles Production In Depth

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.

 
 
Communication - Are you ready should disaster strike?

Communication - Are you ready should disaster strike?

21 March 2014

Organisations that can respond well to crises are more likely to succeed, says Ben Hurley.

 
 
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.

 
 
NFU conference airs need for improved support

NFU conference airs need for improved support

07 March 2014

'There are a lot of areas in which Government could do better,' outgoing board chairman tells horticulture breakout session.

 
 
Market report - Nursery irrigation

Market report - Nursery irrigation

07 March 2014

Sally Drury explains how growers are going to have to use water more efficiently to keep costs down.

 
 

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 7 April 2014

Cucumber, portion
40
Waitrose
Aubergine, each
50
Asda
Cabbage, green, each
69 Morrisons
Apples, Bramley, kg
180
Co-op

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 11 April 2014.

Asparagus, all varieties
936
 
Beetroot, topped
16
 
Cooking apples, Bramley's Seedling
73
 
Cucumbers, all varieties
62
 

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

Green-manure crops

Green-manure crops

02 May 2013

Green-manure crops -- also known as cover crops -- play an important part in field-crop production in both agriculture and horticulture.

 
 
Water acidification

Water acidification

04 April 2013

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...

 
 
Top fruit - Harvest challenge

Top fruit - Harvest challenge

18 October 2012

How is the top-fruit sector faring following a tough season - and what of prospects for next year? Gavin McEwan reports.

 
 
Heating and Lighting

Heating and Lighting

07 September 2012

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

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

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 ...

Pest & Disease Management - Scab

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.

 

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 - 18 April 2014

NEWS: Garden centres look forward to late Easter sales bonanza

SARGENT'S SOLUTIONS: Why the Customer Rights Bill should be seen as an opportunity rather than a threat

MARKET REPORT: Glasshouses

LANDSCAPE ANALYSIS: Government prospectus offers potential boost across disciplines

EDIBLES: Helping cut food waste - latest packaging addresses concerns over waste issues

PLANT FOCUS: Polygonatum