Horticulture

Ag-tech experts and growers to create prototype robotic lettuce harvester

Ag-tech experts and growers to create prototype robotic lettuce harvester

July 22, 2021

Producer organisations set to provide ‘funding relief’ for growers – NFU

Producer organisations set to provide ‘funding relief’ for growers – NFU

The short-term transition of producer organisation funding by Defra provides welcome relief for growers and avoids a funding gap that...

July 21, 2021

Project underway to grow bananas …in Belfast!

Project underway to grow bananas …in Belfast!

May 19, 2021

Eustice backs growers’ vote to abolish horticulture levy

Eustice backs growers’ vote to abolish horticulture levy

Growers opposed to the continuation of a compulsory levy to fund the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) have welcomed...

February 25, 2021

Growers encouraged to attend AHDB discussions on the future of horticulture

Growers encouraged to attend AHDB discussions on the future of horticulture

Growers are being urged to join a series of open discussions about the future of horticulture at Agriculture and Horticulture...

November 29, 2020

Poots opens £1.6 million ornamental horticulture support scheme

Poots opens £1.6 million ornamental horticulture support scheme

A financial support scheme to help Northern Ireland ornamental horticulture growers with the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic has opened...

October 15, 2020

Rapid diagnostic test for Botrytis launched

Rapid diagnostic test for Botrytis launched

Mologic has launched a new rapid test for Botrytis. BotrytisAlert uses lateral flow technology to enable earlier disease intervention and...

October 8, 2020

AHDB ballot confirmed on statutory levy for horticulture

AHDB ballot confirmed on statutory levy for horticulture

The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) has formally announced there will be a ballot on the continuation of a...

October 6, 2020

‘Uncertain future’ for ornamentals sector as government rules out support

‘Uncertain future’ for ornamentals sector as government rules out support

Businesses in the UK’s £24 billion ornamentals sector face an “uncertain future” after the government ruled out financial support for...

July 22, 2020

Ribena to invest £500,000 in research to develop climate-resilient blackcurrant

Ribena to invest £500,000 in research to develop climate-resilient blackcurrant

The firm behind one of the UK’s most-loved berry drinks – Lucozade Ribena Suntory (LRS) – has invested over half...

June 23, 2020

Sunniest spring on record leads to bumper crop of British strawberries

Sunniest spring on record leads to bumper crop of British strawberries

The sunniest UK spring on record has led to a bumper crop of extra sweet British strawberries with many growers...

June 9, 2020

UK growers expect a healthy 2020 cherry season

UK growers expect a healthy 2020 cherry season

The UK is primed for a strong cherry season, with around 6,000t of home-grown British cherries predicted to hit supermarket...

June 6, 2020

Researchers develop real-time software to tackle powdery mildew on strawberry crops

Researchers develop real-time software to tackle powdery mildew on strawberry crops

Experts at the University of Hertfordshire, in collaboration with Agri-tech Services, have created a web-based, real-time system for calculating when...

May 19, 2020

‘Lifeline’ for plant and flower growers as garden centres set to reopen

‘Lifeline’ for plant and flower growers as garden centres set to reopen

The reopening of garden centres across England has been praised as a “lifeline” for British ornamental horticultural growers. The rules...

May 12, 2020

UK’s horticultural sector at risk of lockdown ruin

UK’s horticultural sector at risk of lockdown ruin

The UK’s horticultural sector could face being “wiped out” in just weeks by the coronavirus lockdown, an industry body has...

March 31, 2020

Open day to showcase developments in tree fruit disease and pest control

Open day to showcase developments in tree fruit disease and pest control

Disease and pest management control strategies will be the focus of research presented at a major tree fruit industry event...

December 14, 2019

Watch: 5ac of greens in 55m²? No imports…hyper-local food

Watch: 5ac of greens in 55m²? No imports…hyper-local food

Two re-purposed shipping containers, fitted with a ‘Farmony’ – 55m² in size, can produce 55,000 heads of lettuce per year or...

November 20, 2019

Mechanical weeder to be revealed to growers at new plum centre open day

Mechanical weeder to be revealed to growers at new plum centre open day

Novel mechanical weeders will be demonstrated to growers at the first Plum Demonstration Centre open day in Kent. The event,...

October 5, 2019