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The Fruit Grower Magazine Articles

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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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New report highlights continuing need for POs

The case for the continuation of a Producer Organisation (PO) scheme in the UK after it leaves the EU has been set out in a new report, entitled Producer Organisations after Brexit and written by the British Growers Association and Savills. Officially launched at Fruit Focus on 19 July by the association’s chief executive Jack...

Aug 31, 2017
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Cider Industry Technical Day

With the theme “Management and control of yeasts and bacteria in cider and perry production” and held at the Cider and Perry Academy near Gloucester, the Cider Industry Technical Day attracted more than 100 cidermakers. The Orchard Centre is the base for the Mitchell F. & D. Cider & Perry Academy. Established in 2008, the...

Aug 31, 2017
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New varieties on display at AHDB Strawberry Walk

The East Malling Strawberry Breeding Club was formed in 2008 and is currently in its second tranche of funding, covering from 2013 to 2023. At this year’s well attended Strawberry Walk, held in June, Adam Whitehouse explained that the AHDB was one of the contributors to the programme, alongside other industry members, and that the...

Jul 31, 2017
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Global Berry Congress 2017 study tour – innovations in strawberry production

Novel heating, lighting and harvesting techniques for strawberry production were the highlights of a one-day tour following the recent Global Berry Congress, writes Steven Vale. On the second day of the Global Berry Congress, participants joined one of two study trips. The Fruit Grower opted to visit the Loos family that grows strawberries and asparagus...

Jun 30, 2017
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East Kent Fruit Society Blossom Walk 2017

The annual East Kent Fruit Society (EKFS) Blossom Walk took place at Clive Baxter’s Amsbury Farm at Hunton near Maidstone, Kent in early May. JL Baxter & Son began farming in Linton near Maidstone in 1943 and Clive, the third generation of the farming family, has expanded the enterprise to around 140ha. Currently the business...

Jun 30, 2017
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Weed control in UK vineyards

Controlling weeds in vineyards is a ‘Cinderella’ aspect of commercial grape production, according to specialist agronomist Chris Cooper, who is not only one of the vine experts at Hutchinsons, but is also the technical advisor for the United Kingdom Vineyard Association (UKVA). He explains that there is no single best practice, but good site preparation...

May 31, 2017
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