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South East Vineyards Association (SEVA) AGM

In his first year as SEVA Chairman, Nick Wenman, with his usual dynamism, has achieved many of the goals that he set out when he took over from Chris Foss in 2017. At the AGM, hosted by the Bolney Wine Estate in West Sussex, Nick outlined progress and steered the meeting through some constitutional changes,...

Sep 30, 2018
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Towards the control of strawberry powdery mildew

Strawberry powdery mildew remains a serious problem, especially now that a large proportion of the UK’s crop is grown under protection. AHDB-supported work has sought to find ways of managing this disease, with some of the projects involving a team of researchers at the University of Hertfordshire led by Dr Avice Hall. Earlier this year...

Sep 30, 2018
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New application technology for beneficial insects in strawberries

Koppert Biological Systems not only continues to seek new beneficial insects to add to the current range of more than 30, but new ways to apply them. The latest is a tractor-mounted system, but before going into detail, some background to this story. It is not always possible to walk through strawberry crops in greenhouses...

Aug 31, 2018
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Record numbers of entries and new faces at Cherry and Soft Fruit Show

Tom Hulme, in his first year as Chairman of the National Cherry and Soft Fruit Show (NCSFS), had an especially good year to begin his tenure, although the very high temperatures throughout the three days of the Kent Show were a challenge for both people and the fruit on display. Summing up the first day,...

Aug 31, 2018
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The orchard revolution that’s astounding growers the world over

Sometimes it’s the simplest of solutions that bring the biggest surprises. That’s certainly true for the performance of a new irrigation invention for fruit growers – Treehog. It’s the brainchild of South African farmer Louis Loubser who came up with the concept to help reduce water requirement during times of drought. His Treehog devices have...

Jul 31, 2018
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Somerset cider orchard wins innovation prize

West Bradley Orchards wins ‘Best Innovative Cider Apple Orchard’ at Royal Bath & West Show 2018 West Bradley Orchards, near Glastonbury, was described by the judges as “containing more experimental trials than any of the other orchards which we judged. Four apple varieties, four support systems, and three different tree spacings will guide growers of...

Jul 31, 2018
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Woodchip mulch could protect from scab

Evidence that the severity of apple scab is reduced by using willow woodchip mulches could be put to the test in commercial orchards later this year as part of the Innovative Farmers Field Labs programme. A meeting being planned for this autumn will present results from small-scale research undertaken so far by Dr Glynn Percival,...

Jun 30, 2018
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Oxney now the UK’s largest organic vineyard

Oxney Organic Estate, the organic vineyard and winery near Rye in East Sussex, has planted another 6ha of vines, making it the largest organic vineyard in the UK, with a total of 14ha. The two newly planted fields, Knut and Isak, named after the owners’ son, adjoin the existing vineyard in the village of Beckley....

Jun 30, 2018
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Developments in blueberry production

The International Blueberry Conference, staged in the Netherlands, provided growers with an opportunity to see several new developments, writes Steven Vale. An increasing number of growers are planting blueberries in pots, and Beekenkamp used the International Blueberry Conference to highlight its range of pots. Available in five sizes, the smallest is a 2.4 litre version...

May 30, 2018
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Hoverflies offer dual benefit to strawberry growers

UK strawberry growers should encourage more hoverflies into their crops, as they act as both pollinators and natural aphid predators, say researchers at NIAB EMR. Some of the UK’s native hoverfly species (syrphidae) not only visit strawberry flowers as adults, but also, during the larval stage, offer the bonus of eating aphids. However, whether aphid-eating...

Apr 09, 2018
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