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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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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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