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Could enhancing working conditions prove key to helping growers attract seasonal workers?

Could enhancing working conditions prove key to helping growers attract seasonal workers?

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.

What can growers do now to prepare for potential water shortages ahead?

What can growers do now to prepare for potential water shortages ahead?

Growers need to prepare for potential water restrictions if rainfall fails to reach 10-15% more than normal in some areas this winter.

What will crop-protection regulation in the UK look like after Brexit?

What will crop-protection regulation in the UK look like after Brexit?

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.


Supermarket retail

Big changers week on week as of 13 November 2017

Lettuce, Chinese leaf (each) 80 Asda
Carrots (kg) 60 Waitrose
Parsnips (kg) 130 Morrisons
Pears, Conference (kg) 220 Tesco

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 10 November 2017

Beetroot, topped 42
Courgettes, all varieties 59
Watercress, pillowpacks 635
Pears, Conference 68

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*National average wholesale and median prices charged in England.

Data supplied by Defra. www.defra.gov.uk

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Fresh Produce In Depth

Business planning: The labour challenge

Business planning: The labour challenge

With staffing becoming increasingly problematic, Neville Stein looks at the alternatives to finding good recruits.

Growing media for fresh produce sector: expanding global industry

Growing media for fresh produce sector: expanding global industry

More European growers are following the example of their British counterparts in making greater use of coir, Gavin McEwan reports.

Business Planning - Staff are your greatest asset

Business Planning - Staff are your greatest asset

An effective strategy to retain staff is the best way for any business to avoid a potential recruitment crisis, Neville Stein advises.

Tomorrow's tractors

Tomorrow's tractors

These machines have advanced rapidly over recent years but what does the future hold? Sally Drury looks ahead.

Tractors for growers

Tractors for growers

The latest specialist tractors are providing wider choice for growers working in narrow rows, Sally Drury reports.

Horticulture education update - staying on course

Horticulture education update - staying on course

Raised levels of investment in horticulture education and increased student take-up is welcome news for the industry, says Rachel Anderson.