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
Retailers' response to food-waste concerns is driving packaging manufacturers to find innovative solutions, Gavin McEwan reports.
Organisations that can respond well to crises are more likely to succeed, says Ben Hurley.
Limited peat availability last year may have helped the slow move to alternative media to gather pace, Gavin McEwan reports.
'There are a lot of areas in which Government could do better,' outgoing board chairman tells horticulture breakout session.
Sally Drury explains how growers are going to have to use water more efficiently to keep costs down.
Latest Edibles Production News
- Gangmaster inspectors check former SAWS farms for compliance
- NFU calls for bee consultation responses from growers
- Jack Ward takes over as chief executive of British Growers
- Partnership identifies genetic and cultural routes to salad shelf life
- Neonicotinoid seed treatments provide little benefit to crops, US pressure group claims
- Record level on entries anticipated for 20th Bramley apple awards
- Food price inflation at record low
- Dow Shield 400 approved for field allium crops
- B&Q rebuts new bedding packaging criticism
- Pot producer Desch Plantpak invests £2m in UK operations
- Freshgro supplies Chantenay carrots in white and purple
- New role for Kendall as AHDB chair
Supermarket retail prices
Big changers week on week as of 7 April 2014
|Cabbage, green, each
|Apples, Bramley, kg
Retail prices from the major supermarkets are collected by Market Intelligence Services and updated every Tuesday.
Average most usual as of W/E 11 April 2014.
|Asparagus, all varieties
|Cooking apples, Bramley's Seedling
|Cucumbers, 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
- Science Into Practice - Better defences for lettuce crops
- Science Into Practice - Timing sowing for snap peas
- Science Into Practice - Green-waste mulching
- Science Into Practice - Latest parsnip varieties tested
- Science Into Practice - New fungicides to defend crops
- Science Into Practice - Targeting cavity spot on carrots
- Science Into Practice - Probing tomato health benefits
- Science Into Practice - Tackling thrips on strawberries
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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- Gardeners Team leaders and Landscapers. Garden Care Contracting Limited 15-20k , Worcester Park Surrey across the road from Tolworth rail station KT4 7QH
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