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Larger and taller polytunnel structures needed

The demand for larger and taller polytunnel structures is increasing as the search continues to create optimum conditions under polystructures. Advancements in both the structures themselves and the film that goes on them have made buying a polytunnel an even more effective and efficient way of growing, displaying and covering crops. Films especially have developed...

May 01, 2019
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Bright future for UK tomatoes

With increasing consumption, a greater willingness to buy premium products, and a drive towards more home-grown production, the outlook for UK tomato production is very positive and there are opportunities to further expand domestic production, writes Richard Crowhurst. However, at the same time the sector faces many issues which are affecting commercial horticulture in general,...

Apr 01, 2019
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Pilot scheme now open

The seasonal workers pilot scheme is now open. The new pilot will mean growers are able to employ up to 2,500 non-EU migrant workers for seasonal work for up to six months. Concordia and Pro-Force, the two scheme operators, have been licenced to manage the pilot and will be responsible for identifying suitable workers and...

Apr 01, 2019
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Standards and research needed for expansion

One of the contenders for this year’s Australian Macquarie Dictionary’s ‘word of the year.’ was ‘vertical farming,’ but does this mean that this technology has now come of age? Richard Crowhurst reports. There is plenty of noise in the sector. Environment Secretary Michael Gove mentioned vertical farming at this year’s Oxford Farming Conference and Dubai is investing £31...

Mar 01, 2019
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Sustainability and recycling leading pot development

It’s not very often that a television programme can genuinely be said to have changed the world, but the BBC’s Blue Planet II, with its various images of plastic pollution in the world’s oceans, shone a spotlight on the use of plastics throughout society, writes Richard Crowhurst. However, the resulting public and political outrage and...

Feb 28, 2019
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Is now the time to invest in renewable heat?

The biomass and renewable heat sector has been driven largely by rates associated with the Renewable Heating Incentive (RHI) over the last few years and many successful projects have emerged as a result. But with the scheme due to be phased out in two years time and no news on any credible alternative yet, there...

Feb 28, 2019
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Efficiency of water supply to plants is crucial for their development, but how have techniques and products changed this?

The way growers use water in the future will be dictated by changes to abstraction laws that are expected to come into force by the early 2020s. These regulations will underpin any changes in technological developments including the ways in which growers irrigate their crops. As a result, much of the development and future research...

Jan 31, 2019
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The pollination puzzle

New findings about the biology and behaviour of the bumblebee subspecies that tomato growers now count on are helping researchers understand why its performance could be better, writes Claire Shaddick Few would have predicted that reform of the licensing arrangements for bumblebees, which has seen tomato growers having to rely on the native subspecies, Bombus...

Dec 31, 2018
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Sales pushed on by health and premium

In an established market there’s still room for growth, heard the British Tomato Conference. There’s one undeniable advantage in the business of growing fresh produce – the end product promotes good health. And that’s the reason behind 70% of tomato purchases made this year, according to Kantar Worldpanel’s consumer research, an increase of 5% over...

Nov 30, 2018
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New priorities for the proving ground

Growers were updated on research into disease control and the flower lines under trial at this year’s Cut Flower Centre’s open day. Fusarium control in column stocks has been one of the research interests for the AHDB-supported National Cut Flower Centre in Lincolnshire for several years. The soilborne disease, caused by F. oxysporum, is an...

Nov 30, 2018
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