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The Fruit Grower Magazine Articles

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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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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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