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21 years of continued success

The British Tomato Growers Associations’ technical officer, Dr Phil Morley has pretty much seen it all in the sector over the past decade. Here, he talks to Adrian Tatum about the success and development of the association and some of the biggest challenges and opportunities facing growers now and in the future. This year the British Tomato Growers Association (TGA) is...

Oct 31, 2018
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Positive and Optimistic – Four Oaks Trade Show review

Veteran Four Oaks exhibitor Simon Earley of Earley Ornamentals, said that the first day of the show this year was simply the best he had ever had, and there was no doubt the mood among exhibitors and visitors was positive and optimistic. Despite worrying times for businesses of all kind, Four Oaks 2018 will remain in memory as an even better-than-expected...

Oct 31, 2018
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How low can we grow?

Whatever industry you are in, reducing carbon and improving sustainability remains a priority. The horticulture sector is no different. Adrian Tatum reports on recent developments across the UK. As the UK heads faster towards a low carbon future, the horticulture sector has been ahead of the game over the last few years with growers reducing...

Sep 30, 2018
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Make sure you have sufficient cover

Almost two years ago, in June 2016 the Dutch greenhouse sector was left reeling after a massive hailstorm, when hailstones the size of golf balls, hit the Brabant region, causing some €130 million of damage to the industry and destroying some nurseries completely. Two years earlier in January 2014 growers near Arnhem suffered damage worth...

Sep 30, 2018
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A student resurgence

A rise in interest in food and how and where it is produced has led to an upturn in horticultural related university and college courses, as Adrian Tatum finds out. Education is the lifeblood of any industry. Without it there is no direction and ultimately no start in life for the thousands of students looking to pursue a career. Industries...

Aug 31, 2018
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Chelsea 2018

Runaway Bride Snow White, an interspecific hydrangea variety, was chosen as this year’s Chelsea Show Plant of the Year. Three months earlier, in the March issue of Commercial Greenhouse Grower, this variety – introduced by Cultivaris –  was singled out for its special promise among the novelties at IPM in January. Flowers are borne on...

Jul 31, 2018
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Task force calls for wider support for south-east growers

Growers in the south east of England, and particularly those around London, are facing a ‘triple threat’ of a shortage of land for growing, a shortage of workers, and the ‘just-in-time’ approach to production being taken by the supply chain, according to the final report of the Lea Valley Food Task Force. It recommends the...

Jul 31, 2018
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Spring Trials 2018

Ten years ago the Flower Trials in June in Holland were still in their infancy. The spotlight of publicity was then very much more on the Spring Trials of the leading companies that met the needs of the European producers of bedding and patio plants. These trials were – and still are – held in...

Jun 30, 2018
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Sea of pot plants and millions of roses

Held for the second successive year, the HortiContact tour is fast becoming a not to miss event, writes Steven Vale. HELD over three days at the Gorinchem exhibition complex, the Dutch HortiContact show is a great place to meet all the country’s important technical companies and vegetable seed breeders and catch up on some of...

May 31, 2018
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Controlled deficit irrigation for tomatoes

A three year study has been carried out at the University of Seville to reduce the amount of water in cherry tomato crops by more than 50 per cent. The crops maintained their quality (commercial, nutritional and functional) but there was even an increase in the content of carotenoids – a very interesting compound. The...

Apr 10, 2018
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