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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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Pollination options limited for greenhouse growers

Since Natural England refused to renew the previous class licence to permit the release of non-native bumblebees when it expired at the end of December 2014, growers of tomatoes and certain other greenhouse crops have looked for ways to maintain pollination levels for an industry under increasing financial pressure. With a recently completed project on...

Apr 05, 2018
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Growing media firms receiving mixed signals on peat

It’s almost eight years since the Government’s Environment White Paper first set out targets to reduce the use of peat in growing media. However, the issue is still firmly on the agenda. Defra’s recently published 25 Year Environment Plan includes the policy goal of ‘Restoring vulnerable peat lands and ending peat use in horticultural products...

Mar 05, 2018
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A burning opportunity

Changes to Renewable Heat Incentives policy and prices has had both a positive and negative effect on the renewable heating sector. But on the whole the sector remains positive of future developments, as Adrian Tatum reports. Changes to the Renewable Heat Incentives (RHI) over the last few years has seen a temporary slow down in...

Feb 05, 2018
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Agri-tech park due for development

A new Cambridgeshire-based agri-tech park is to be developed to provide land for crop trials, demonstration plots and rentable business space, bringing together existing and emerging companies from across the agri-tech, technology and science sectors. The 220-hectare site is due to open in five years and could accommodate up to 4,000 employees. The project is...

Jan 31, 2018
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Project to tackle aggressive strain of lettuce disease

AHDB has commissioned work on lettuce fusarium wilt following the first confirmed outbreak of the disease in the UK, on a soil-grown protected lettuce crop in Lancashire. It was also recently found on a crop in Ireland. The UK outbreak, reported in October, has been confirmed as race 4 of Fusarium oxysporum f.sp. lactucae, the...

Dec 31, 2017
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Retail Sales

Supermarket sales have increased by 3.1% compared to last year with the retailers seeing steady increases for over 17 months, according to a latest report by Kantar Worldpanel. As usual all of the major supermarkets have witnessed varied performances over the period 12 weeks up until October 8. Fraser McKevitt, head of retail and consumer...

Nov 21, 2017
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Four Oaks 2017 review

Among the ‘best first show days at Four Oaks since the year 2000.’ That was the consensus of views among exhibitors about Tuesday 5th September. Even at the end of the afternoon of the following day – rather quieter but still busy – it was taking quarter of an hour to get out of the...

Oct 31, 2017
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Chelmsford Council capitalises on growing its own

Producing bedding plants on site for some 20 years, Chelmsford City Council Parks Department is now one of just three in Essex producing its plants in-house for civic displays. The department holds 13 Green Flag Awards – the international quality mark for outstanding parks and green spaces. The Council’s small production team grows in excess...

Sep 30, 2017
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