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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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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 30, 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 30, 2019
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