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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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More