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The Fruit Grower Magazine Articles

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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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Positive results for bio-stimulant in fruit crops

“We are waiting with bated breath, but with considerable excitement, to fully assess the benefits of the bio-stimulant Cultigrow CBL on fruit in the UK”, says agronomist Nigel Kitney, who is one of the fruit experts at Hutchinsons. He explains that for two years he has personally worked with Cultigrow and has seen good results...

May 31, 2017
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Organic apple grower gains respect following competition successes

Organic top fruit growing is challenging, but Paul Ward has progressed from being an enthusiastic outsider to a highly respected and successful organic grower. The success of Mole End Farms has been demonstrated by winning entries at the National Fruit Show, where Paul’s organic apples have competed with conventional fruit and more than held their...

Apr 30, 2017
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Good news for pest and disease control at AHDB Horticulture Tree Fruit Day

At the AHDB Horticulture Tree Fruit Day, NIAB EMR research teams reported some excellent results that will help growers now, and introduced projects that will deliver solutions for some of the most intractable problems for top fruit growers, such as canker, in the future. The subject of disappearing active ingredients, with more emphasis on IPM...

Apr 30, 2017
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BIFGA Technical Day 2017

Climate change Despite seemingly living in an era of ‘post truth’ and ‘alternative facts’, the horticultural industry has real data to confirm that our climate is changing. This assertion was made by Christopher Atkinson, Professor of Sustainable Agriculture and Climate Change at the Natural Resources Institute, University of Greenwich, who explained at the BIFGA Technical...

Mar 31, 2017
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Where are we with scab control?

There is good and bad news for top fruit growers looking for products to control scab. Chris Lillywhite, Hutchinson’s South East Horticultural Team Leader, pulled together all the latest advice at the Hutchinson’s technical day this winter. Growers will be aware that many tried and tested products are either already lost or soon to be...

Mar 31, 2017
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Improving spray application and coverage

Getting the right product into the right place is fundamental to spraying best practice; however, this is a ‘Cinderella’ subject – too often we switch off when the subject is mentioned. To encourage growers to see the advantages of taking this issue seriously, a good tip to fruit societies around the country looking for an...

Feb 28, 2017
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First multi-pest pheromone disruption system launched

After three years of UK trials, BASF, working with Agrovista, has launched the first multi-pest pheromone disruption system, named RAK 3+4. Already commercially available in Europe, orchards are flooded with high rates of synthetic pheromones, and male moths become confused and give up trying to find a mate – mating is disrupted. With consumers being...

Jan 31, 2017
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