Horticulture

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

Herefordshire horticulture firm to lead on labour productivity

Herefordshire horticulture firm to lead on labour productivity

A Herefordshire based business will lead the way in demonstrating labour saving techniques to help the horticulture industry offset the...

August 6, 2019

First UK outbreak of Tomato Brown Rugose Fruit Virus confirmed

First UK outbreak of Tomato Brown Rugose Fruit Virus confirmed

Symptoms of the Tomato Brown Rugose Fruit Virus (ToBRFV) have been reported for the first time in a UK tomato...

July 19, 2019

Fruitful result for British farmers as berry exports reach £22.1 million

Fruitful result for British farmers as berry exports reach £22.1 million

12 international markets opened their doors to British produce in 2018, with exports of soft fruits reaching £22.1 million. New...

July 17, 2019

British blackcurrant harvest beats climate change predictions

British blackcurrant harvest beats climate change predictions

An investment in climate-resilient blackcurrant varieties, as well as new growing techniques, is set to produce a good harvest this...

July 13, 2019

New strawberry disease control programme could halve costs

New strawberry disease control programme could halve costs

A new strategy developed by AHDB to manage powdery mildew in strawberry crops could reduce inputs and costs by 50%...

June 16, 2019

New centre to increase the sustainability and productivity of tree fruit

New centre to increase the sustainability and productivity of tree fruit

A Kent plum demonstration centre will now receive funding from AHDB to demonstrate ‘best practice’ and increase the use of...

June 12, 2019

UK’s first 2 SmartHort Centres selected to address labour challenges

UK’s first 2 SmartHort Centres selected to address labour challenges

AHDB has named the two English horticulture businesses which will become the UK’s first Strategic SmartHort Centres. Lincolnshire based propagators, Volmary...

May 21, 2019

Mushroom grower group formed to future-proof the industry

Mushroom grower group formed to future-proof the industry

A new mushroom grower group, aiming to solve future industry challenges has been formed by delegates at the 2019 AHDB...

May 4, 2019

Growing champions in the next generation of fruit-pickers

Growing champions in the next generation of fruit-pickers

A new induction video for fruit-pickers aims to help growers across the UK reduce labour costs and improve safety practices....

March 20, 2019

Horticulture on cusp of technological revolution

Horticulture on cusp of technological revolution

Fresh produce and ornamental production will look radically different in the future, but technological transformation will only happen if the...

March 13, 2019

Improved tool to help predict blackcurrant gall mite emergence

Improved tool to help predict blackcurrant gall mite emergence

An interactive tool collating weather data from more than 160 UK locations will help blackcurrant growers more accurately apply control...

February 22, 2019

Opportunity for growers to host first horticulture strategic centre

Opportunity for growers to host first horticulture strategic centre

AHDB Horticulture is offering three growers an exclusive chance to try out the latest labour maximising techniques and be a...

February 21, 2019

Energy-saving horticulture programme to be extended to soft fruit sector

Energy-saving horticulture programme to be extended to soft fruit sector

An established energy and cost-saving advice programme is set to extend to the UK soft fruit industry. FEC Energy and...

November 1, 2018

Batters: Workforce uncertainty is crippling horticultural businesses

Batters: Workforce uncertainty is crippling horticultural businesses

NFU president Minette Batters has reiterated the importance of access to a competent and flexible workforce for the horticultural sector,...

October 25, 2018

Latest research on pest and disease control in soft fruit to be revealed

Latest research on pest and disease control in soft fruit to be revealed

The latest results of the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) funded research on soft fruit, particularly looking at pest...

October 6, 2018

Summer drought spurs efforts to reduce horticultural peat use

Summer drought spurs efforts to reduce horticultural peat use

Industry research and innovation on alternatives to using peat in commercial horticulture will be showcased at a series of Agriculture...

September 10, 2018

Scottish Secretary welcomes migrant workers pilot – despite it only covering an 8th of the shortfall

Scottish Secretary welcomes migrant workers pilot – despite it only covering an 8th of the shortfall

A two-year pilot to allow non-EU migrant workers to work on farms, then return after six months, has been welcomed...

September 6, 2018