These two key groups can cause damage across a variety of ornamental crops.
Latest news, in-depth reporting and discussion of the fruit, vegetable and salad crop sector.
Edibles Production In Depth
What help is available for growers to cope with increasing complexity and a shrinking pool of chemicals in pest and disease control? Sally Drury investigates.
Major Government changes to apprenticeships put employers in the driving seat. Is horticulture ready? Jez Abbott finds out.
The reduced availability of herbicides has led growers to consider alternative options, Sally Drury finds.
How will these three new models fare when tested at Cannington Golf Club? Sally Drury finds out.
Visitors will be offered insights into the latest applied research and technical developments at this year's event, writes Gavin McEwan.
Latest Edibles Production News
- Eating more than five-a-day has no extra benefit, say researchers
- Commission admits Producer Organisation rules are too complex and legally unclear
- Commons committee backs neonics ban, questions independence of research
- Fertiliser change saves £4,500 a year
- Tree supplier celebrates commonwealth games with school fruit tree donations
- Commons environmental audit committee urges Government to accept European risk assessment on neonicotinoids
- Produce World boosts supply north of the border with acquisition
- Breeding project targets worldwide commercialisation for new varieties
- Clever marketing helps retailers win Brammy Awards
- Champion growers revealed at cherry and soft-fruit show
- Research covers splits in radishes
- Coir supplier secures landmark accreditation
Supermarket retail prices
Big changers week on week as of 14 July 2014
Retail prices from the major supermarkets are collected by Market Intelligence Services and updated every Tuesday.
Average most usual as of W/E 18 July 2014.
|Carrots, topped, washed
|Mushrooms, cup, indoor
|Raspberries, all varieties
*National average wholesale and median prices charged in England.
The data in this column is supplied by Defra. www.defra.gov.uk
Fresh research impetus is helping to unlock the promises of automation across a wide range of produce areas, Gavin McEwan reports.
The application of fertilisers through irrigation systems has many benefits over conventional spraying.
Retailers' response to food-waste concerns is driving packaging manufacturers to find innovative solutions, Gavin McEwan reports.
Limited peat availability last year may have helped the slow move to alternative media to gather pace, Gavin McEwan reports.
Pest & Disease Factsheets
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.
Eelworms can carry viruses and cause damage by feeding on ornamental crops.
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.
Latest Research Summaries
- Science Into Practice - Sweet pepper fruit rot control
- Science Into Practice - Reducing loss in radish crops
- Science Into Practice - Crop lighting for ornamentals
- Science Into Practice - Minimising residues
- Science Into Practice - Finding better ways to spray
- Science Into Practice - Conference pear storage
- Science Into Practice - Better defences for lettuce crops
- Science Into Practice - Timing sowing for snap peas
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.
Latest jobs Jobs web feed
- Nursery Supervisor Griffin Nurseries 20-25k, Hampshire / Liphook, Hampshire
- HEAD GARDENER REQUIRED - COTSWOLDS Knight Frank £28,000 - £30,000 no accommodation, Gloucestershire / Cheltenham, Gloucestershire / Northleach, Gloucestershire
- Contract Supervisor Lowther Forestry Group Ltd Attractive salary, vehicle and benefits package, South East England / South West England
- Assistant Estimator 23896 Anders Plus Circa £20k doe , Chichester, West Sussex
- Gardener National Trust £17,266 per annum, Disley, Greater Manchester
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