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The Fruit Grower Magazine Articles

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NIAB EMR Strawberry Breeding Club Walk

The EMR Strawberry Breeding Programme has enjoyed increasing success in its development of new varieties for the soft-fruit industry. First introduced to the market in 2013, following its initial selection in 2005, Malling Centenary is in demand from growers and the major international retailers due to its very high percentage of Class I fruit and...

Jul 31, 2019
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Under 40s Fruit Growers rebrands as NextGen

In June, the networking and educational group formerly known as the ‘Under 40s Fruit Growers’ rebranded itself as ‘NextGen’. Rachel Anderson reports on how this reinvention is part of a wider global plan to reach out to more talented young growers. Bringing the industry together When fifth-generation fruit grower Ben Bardsleyjoined the family business some...

Jul 31, 2019
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WineGB AGM and Climate Change & Sustainability Conference

Held in London at the Vintners Hall, the mood of this second AGM for WineGB (Wines of Great Britain) was confident and buoyant. As Chairman and Hampshire vine grower Simon Robinson said in his opening remarks, a lot has happened since last year, few could have predicted just how good a harvest, estimated at 15.6...

Jun 30, 2019
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Rhubarb grower takes natural approach to promote sustainability

With its pink hues and distinctive taste, rhubarb arguably takes pride of place in the colourful rainbow of fresh produce grown in the UK. However, bearing in mind the competitive marketplace, Fraser Key reminds his fellow growers that they must ensure they have an outlet for the crop. “You can’t just let rhubarb grow haphazardly....

Jun 30, 2019
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BIFGA Spring Farm Walk 2019

This year’s BIFGA (British Independent Fruit Growers’ Association) Spring Farm Walk was an opportunity for its members to visit one of the leading top-fruit fruit farms in Kent. In fact, the opportunity was so welcome that around 100 people attended the event at AC Goatham & Son’s Howt Green Farm near Sittingbourne in early May....

Jun 30, 2019
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Thinning with Brevis – a masterclass

H.L. Hutchinson Ltd recently hosted two workshops on the use of the apple and pear thinning product Brevis, one in Ledbury, Herefordshire and the other at their Canterbury, Kent depot. Rob Saunders, horticultural project manager at H.L. Hutchinson Ltd, by way of introducing the workshop, said: “You could argue that for apple growers thinning has...

May 31, 2019
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Tree-to-tree protection against apple scab

Mulching with willow woodchip may offer apple growers scope to improve their trees’ natural defences against one of the crop’s most economically important diseases. Could a mulch using the chipped wood of one tree species help to protect another from the effects of scab? That’s the hope for a ‘look-see’ trial which begins this year...

May 31, 2019
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Robotic raspberry harvesting could be a reality in five years

Raspberry growers concerned about labour availability could be using commercial robotic harvesters on farms in five to ten years. At AHDB’s recent SmartHort conference, Dr Michael Stoelen from the University of Plymouth, discussed his team’s work on soft robotics. They have built a prototype robotic arm that can pick a raspberry, without damaging it, in...

Apr 30, 2019
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Apple Powdery Mildew still needs to be taken seriously

The second most important disease of apple in the UK after scab, powdery mildew reduces yield and fruit quality on susceptible varieties. It is a problem for all cultivars and some like Cox, Jonagold and Braeburn are especially susceptible. In the growing season, although only the youngest leaves are susceptible to infection and surface water...

Mar 31, 2019
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First WineGB Viticulture Technical Conference

The first biannual Viticulture Technical Conference organised by the WineGB Viticulture Working Group (VWG), under the leadership of Stephen Skelton MW, was held at the Denbies Estate in late November. Over 150 delegates represented a wide range of vineyards across the country. The event was well-received, possibly because it allowed plenty of break-out time between...

Feb 28, 2019
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