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The Fruit Grower Magazine Articles

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Goudhurst and Paddock Wood NFU Orchard Competition Farm Walk 2019

Over the past few decades, an increasing number of fruit growers in the UK have experienced the damage that hail, and pests and diseases, can do to their orchards. Determined not to be beaten by these challenges, forward-thinking grower Adrian Scripps Ltd – winner of the 69th Goudhurst and Paddock Wood NFU Orchard Competition –...

Sep 30, 2019
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BIFGA surveys English Gala supply chain to ascertain level of ‘fairness’

A survey questionnaire has been sent to grower members of BIFGA (British Independent Fruit Growers Association) in a move to ascertain the level of ‘fairness’ in the supply chain of English-grown Gala apples. Twenty-one members responded, giving a broad overview of the general position concerning ‘fairness’ in the supply chain of Gala apples sold to...

Aug 31, 2019
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Achievements of blueberry growers recognised in M&S Select Farm Awards

Peter and Zoe Mee have been announced as the regional runners up in the Award for Excellence in this year’s M&S Select Farm Awards. As a finalist in the Award for Excellence in England and Wales, the couple was recognised at the official M&S Select Farm Awards presentation on the M&S stand at this year’s...

Aug 31, 2019
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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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