With doubts only growing on the availability of overseas seasonal workers to pick next year's crops, growers will have to compete extra hard to lure increasingly savvy potential recruits, industry figures suggest.
Growers need to prepare for potential water restrictions if rainfall fails to reach 10-15% more than normal in some areas this winter.
Industry figures are hoping for a more "risk-based" approach to pesticide regulation following a recent address by farming minister George Eustice who also called for more use of natural predators and biocides to supplement chemical based products.
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Big changers week on week as of 13 November 2017
|Lettuce, Chinese leaf (each)||80||Asda|
|Pears, Conference (kg)||220||Tesco|
Retail prices from the major supermarkets are collected by Market Intelligence Services and updated every Tuesday.
Average most usual as of W/E 10 November 2017
|Courgettes, all varieties||59|
*National average wholesale and median prices charged in England.
Data supplied by Defra. www.defra.gov.uk
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