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Where technology is taking us

Consultant Chris Need, technical secretary to the British Protected Ornamentals Association and project manager for AHDB’s National Bedding and Pot Plant Centre, talks to Spence Gunn about tackling the sector’s R&D challenges Some of the most highly-automated bedding and pot plant nurseries in the Netherlands opened their doors in September to a small group of...

Oct 31, 2019
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Demand for snack cucumbers increasing

Despite consumer demand increasing over the last 30 years, the area of UK cucumber production is now just 102 ha, less than half of the peak production seen in 1990 which saw around 100,000 tonnes a year from 264 ha. While productivity has increased over that period, (UK production is now around 55,000 tonnes), according...

Oct 31, 2019
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Novel Crops – High rewards but higher risks

With the margins of many traditional crops such as cucumbers and tomatoes under intense pressure, it is no wonder that some growers look to produce novel or unusual plants, particularly those where there is already an established or growing demand from consumers. However, many of these new crops present technical challenges and while the potential...

Sep 30, 2019
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Technology improves water efficiency

With climate change increasing uncertainty about future water availability and the need to apply for a licence to abstract water for any type of irrigation, including drip irrigation, more and more growers are looking to maximise the efficient use of water and to capture or reuse as much water as possible, writes Richard Crowhurst. “In...

Aug 31, 2019
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Light is important for greenhouse horticulture

Dutch researchers at the Greenhouse Horticulture Business Unit of Wageningen University & Research, is to examine the effect of using semi-transparent solar panels on the roofs of glasshouses. “Light is important for greenhouse horticulture. The more light, the higher the production. For that reason alone, it is not profitable for entrepreneurs to place regular solar...

Aug 31, 2019
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Biopesticides – playing a bigger role

They say that the only constant is change – and this is certainly the case when it comes to crop protection. As growers of protected ornamentals and salads were reminded at this year’s AHDB’s biopesticide conference in Kenilworth, Warwickshire, biopesticides – that is, plant protection products based on living microbes and natural products such as...

Jul 31, 2019
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Air movement is crucial for Next Generation Growing

Ventilation and air circulation within protected cropping systems is one of the most important but often under-estimated areas of greenhouse design and operation. Traditionally it was simply a matter of opening the vents, but as commercial greenhouses have got larger (and higher) and management techniques have moved towards Next Generation Growing (NGG) and semi-closed environments,...

Jul 31, 2019
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Horticultural Science – Looking to the Future

To celebrate 100 years of publishing, The Journal of Horticultural Science and Biotechnology hosted a conference where Professor Geoffrey Dixon welcomed more than 50 delegates and introduced the first speaker, Professor Simon Pearson of University of Lincoln, reports Clive Marlow. Digital horticulture. Professor Pearson began with an overview of the Lincoln Institute for Agri-Food Technology...

Jun 30, 2019
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Increasing demand for new glass and polythene

One of the biggest greenhouse construction projects in recent years is currently underway near Spalding, with 30 ha expansion being undertaken by ornamentals grower Bridge Farm Group, parent company of Neame Lea and Zyon. But is this confidence in the sector mirrored elsewhere, and what trends are developers seeing? Richard Crowhurst reports. “Today’s new glasshouses...

Jun 30, 2019
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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 31, 2019
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