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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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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 –...Read More
LAUNCHED at last summer’s GreenTech horticultural show, in Amsterdam, the Finnish-conceived vertical farming concept is the result of joint development work between Finnish firms Netled and Novarbo. Called the Vertical Farming Concept (VFC), Netled’s role was to develop the water-cooled LEDs that can be combined with a heat recovery system to transfer the heat to...Read More