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The Fruit Grower Magazine Articles

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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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Essex wine growers launch campaign to trademark their award-winning wines

Essex vineyards have initiated a bid to trademark the region’s name. The county’s growers are teaming up to create a safeguarded trademark for a 77 sq.mile area, dubbed Crouch Valley. It is hoped that it could eventually be granted European protection. 11 vineyards are currently producing 400 tonnes of fruit in the area. The trademark...

Apr 05, 2018
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Agrovista Cider Technical Seminar 2018

Plan for quality Strategies to maximise light distribution in cider apple and perry pear orchards pay off in terms of quality and yield, reports Spence Gunn Good light levels throughout the orchard, together with correctly targeted applications of feed and growth regulators, are three key ingredients for quality in cider apples. Tree fruit consultant Leon...

Mar 05, 2018
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Cabaret and Stardance

In January 2017 The Fruit Grower reported on the progress of two new apple varieties – Cabaret and Stardance – both raised by John Breach at Chittenden Orchards, Staplehurst, Kent. Cabaret and Stardance are part of the Nuvar® international project, that has the objectives of obtaining, developing, and publicising new plant varieties, involving amateur and...

Feb 05, 2018
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Survey investigates potential future use of biostimulants

The results of a perception survey indicate that the use of biostimulant products will increase in the future, due to increasing pressure from pesticide restrictions and a need to embrace new technologies. The independent research sampled growers across a variety of sectors and size of cropping areas, and included growers of fruit, vegetables, potatoes and...

Jan 31, 2018
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Growers learn management techniques from car industry

Getting the best from staff is becoming more important as concerns around labour availability increase for growers. AHDB’s Labour Efficiency Workshops aimed to address these concerns by encouraging commercial horticultural businesses to adopt ‘Lean’ and ‘Champion’ principles, with workshops in Kent and Warwickshire in November. Growers heard from industry leaders – including Neil Fedden of...

Jan 31, 2018
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A breakthrough in Emergency Authorisations

A novel approach to granting derogations has been introduced for the first time via an Emergency Authorisation for Cuprokylt. The 120-day Emergency Authorisation, for the use of Cuprokylt in the control of Nectria canker on post-harvest apple and pear trees, has been split between the two high-risk periods for the disease, at leaf fall in...

Dec 31, 2017
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As UK wine industry expands, new entrants will need best agronomic advice

The UK wine industry is going from strength to strength, with one million vines planted this year and another million planned for next year. According to UK Wine Producers Ltd (UKWP), which was formed in July 2017 by unifying the UK Vineyards Association and English Wine Producers, there are now 501 vineyards, 2,330ha under vines,...

Dec 31, 2017
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Planning victory for Kent fruit farm

A Kent fruit grower is celebrating following the decision by Sevenoaks Council Planning Committee on 19 October to allow polytunnels to remain at Salmans Farm, Penshurst, which secures the future for soft fruit growing at the farm. Oli Pascall is the farm manager at Salmans Farm, Penshurst, that for the last 20 years has been...

Nov 21, 2017
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