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Lights under the spotlight

Building on the success of last autumn’s Horticultural Lighting Conference staged in the US, the inaugural event in Europe was staged at the High Tech Campus in Eindhoven, writes Steven Vale. Bringing growers and manufacturers together, the targeted one-day Horticultural Lighting Europe conference was designed as a fast-paced and informative event to share the latest...

Sep 30, 2017
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More options than ever

The way in which greenhouses are heated has changed a lot over the years. If you look back far enough in horticultural history coal boilers and brick walls to retain latent heat were common, something few commercial growers would countenance today. These changes have been driven by a number of different factors, including economics and...

Aug 31, 2017
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The need for investment

From the moment he starts talking about the industry, you can hear the passion in Pas Milazzo’s voice. He speaks enthusiastically about the glasshouse sector and is clearly very proud to be growing in the Lea Valley, alongside some of the best producers in the country and in a region steeped with horticultural history. “I...

Jul 31, 2017
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New technology opens up investment

Almost any process in the nursery or greenhouse can be automated to some extent, from seeding and potting, to complex systems for moving plants around and even harvesting. On top of this, most environmental controls and many irrigation systems are automated to some degree. However, because of the many different processes involved in different types...

Jul 31, 2017
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Securing finance for growers

The market for finance in horticulture has for the past 12 months afforded growers the opportunity to invest in their businesses at historically low rates. However, to access competitively priced finance requires the correct approach to the right lender, yet it remains a common failing that many lenders fail to fully comprehend the requirements of...

Jun 13, 2017
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Less distinction between polytunnels and glasshouses

The use of polytunnels in commercial horticulture has expanded greatly over the last ten years or so, particularly as growers of field crops such as soft fruit and salads have embraced them, both as a way of extending the season but also of protecting high value crops from the unpredictability of the British weather. At...

May 31, 2017
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Adaptive Control for LED Lights Can Reduce Costs of Supplemental Lighting

Research in Greece has been developing more efficient control methods for supplemental lighting, taking advantage of the dimmability of light-emitting diode (LED) grow lights (HortScience). The work compared 14 hours per day of full power supplemental LED lighting and turning the LEDs on, at full power, only when the ambient photosynthetic photon flux (PPF) dropped...

Apr 30, 2017
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BPOA Conference

Robotics was a major theme at the annual spring conference of the British Protected Ornamentals Association.  Coupled with this very modern topic, five speakers dealt with aspects of pest and disease control, an issue that goes back to the dawn of agriculture. Twelve speakers altogether took part in the one-day programme. Three were from the...

Mar 31, 2017
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GCA making progress but needs to improve awareness

The Groceries Code Adjudicator (GCA) is delivering real benefits for direct suppliers to UK supermarkets, but there is still more to do and a need to increase awareness of both the GCA and the Groceries Supply Code of Practice (CSCoP). These were two of the key messages from GCA Christine Tacon at the third GCA...

Feb 28, 2017
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Adding value for the grower

As growers will know, the collapse in the value of the pound following last June’s EU referendum pushed up the price of imported goods and many of the raw materials needed to make horticultural pots and trays. However, key UK-based suppliers have been making a concerted effort to minimise the impact of these changes –...

Feb 28, 2017
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