Practical findings from Horticultural Development Council trial, plus summaries of academic research and scientific trials, compiled by Dr Ken Cockshull.
CP 104: Novel approaches for the management of leaf and bud nematodes in hardy nursery stock.
Pedunculate oaks only produce good seed crops every three-to-eight years. As oak seeds are difficult to store, the challenge for growers is balancing supply for future years.
PE 032: Tomato: Addressing important knowledge gaps in the Tuta absoluta IPM programme
Free-living nematodes (FLN) can cause serious damage to carrot and parsnip roots, despite not living inside a host plant, by feeding directly on the roots and root hairs.
TF 207: Optimum pruning times for fruit-wall orchard systems
CP 138: "Transition to responsibly sourced growing-media use within horticulture"
Smoulder and white mould are the most common and damaging foliar diseases affecting commercial narcissus production in England and Scotland.
Precision-farming technology that uses canopy sensors to measure variability in crop growth to vary the application of nitrogen fertiliser has the potential to raise yields and improve uniformity. A crop with a well-developed thick canopy will typically have a different nitrogen requirement to one with a canopy that is less developed.
Larger blueberry bushes have significantly greater potential yields. Accurate nitrogen application is important to encourage growth. However, clear recommendations on the level of nitrogen required are not currently available.
Applying nematode treatments for vine weevil control at reduced rates through overhead irrigation systems over a period of time, rather than targeted high-volume drenches, is as reliable and potentially more cost-effective, according to latest research.
PE 029 Protected tomato: Evaluation of biological treatments, biocides and an improved diagnostic for control of root mat disease.
Adjusting the light wavelengths and intensity of LEDs can improve crop yields and quality, according to latest research findings.
FV 439 Cucurbits: Identifying pre-harvest, harvest and post-harvest management practices capable of reducing losses of pumpkins during storage.
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