Following a year when prices lagged behind costs, Gavin McEwan assesses prospects for 2012.
Latest news, in-depth reporting and discussion of the fruit, vegetable and salad crop sector.
Edibles Production In Depth
Horticultural colleges are finding new ways to attract recruits after fees were forced up for older students, Jack Shamash reports.
Suppliers of peat alternatives are confident that their products can plug the gap as the peat withdrawal deadline draws slowly closer, Gavin McEwan finds.
Technology advances are making these structures ever more important for growers, Sally Drury reports.
Latest Edibles Production News
- Business rates cap, housing development loans and fuel duty U-turn revealed in Autumn Statement
- Welsh fresh produce to share in ambitious growth plans
- CPA calls for light touch in implementing CAP greening
- Even children will eat new sweeter sprout, says Waitrose
- Younger shoppers' tastes an opportunity for food suppliers, says IGD
- Knight to speak at European growing media forum
- UK seed potato exports hold up despite tough growing conditions
- Dunnett's 60 years of potato breeding honoured
- Seven-point save our seeds plan issued by Garden Organic and industry allies in wake of EU threat over plant reproductive material
- Harper Adams Centre for Integrated Pest Management launches
- Services to onion and carrot growers honoured at conference
- Dutch fresh produce exports to UK hold up despite tough season
Supermarket retail prices
Big changers week on week as of 25 November 2013
|Apples, Cox, kg
Retail prices from the major supermarkets are collected by Market Intelligence Services and updated every Tuesday.
Average most usual as of W/E 29 November 2013.
|Dessert apple, Gala
|Swede, all varieties
*National average wholesale and median prices charged in England.
The data in this column is supplied by Defra. www.defra.gov.uk
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Pest & Disease Factsheets
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Latest Research Summaries
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NIAB Crop Trials
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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