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The Fruit Grower Magazine Articles

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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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Gala Club Pre-Harvest Walk 2017

GH Dean’s orchard team hosted the Gala Club’s Pre-Harvest Walk at Dully Farm, Sittingbourne, led by orchard manager, David Butler, and with owner Oliver Doubleday in attendance. Dully Farm represents part of GH Dean’s investment in 35ha of Gala production, along with 85ha of pears, 70ha of cherries and 3.5ha of Braeburn apples on several...

Oct 31, 2017
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GREAT Soils event helps growers to monitor and improve soil health

Lingering puddles caused by this summer’s downpours will have reminded many top fruit growers of how compacted their soils have become. Whilst using spading machines and other similar instruments can help to alleviate this issue, the UK’s Growing Resilient Efficient and Thriving (GREAT) Soils project is helping fresh produce growers find alternative ways of improving...

Oct 31, 2017
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Brenchley orchard is cream of the crop in 2017

A prestigious competition for Kent apple and pear farms has been won by a long-established fruit farm at Brenchley, near Tonbridge. Hononton Farm, owned by Adrian Scripps Ltd, is the overall winner of the 67th Goudhurst and Paddock Wood NFU Orchard Competition, sponsored by Avalon Produce Ltd. This accolade is for the top fruit farm...

Sep 30, 2017
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