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The Fruit Grower Magazine Articles

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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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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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