This May Chris Cooper and Rob Saunders, vine specialists in the Hutchinsons Horticultural Team, consider some positive news regarding plant protection products for 2019.
H.L. Hutchinson Ltd recently hosted two workshops on the use of the apple and pear thinning product Brevis, one in Ledbury, Herefordshire and the other at their Canterbury, Kent depot.
Rob Saunders, horticultural project manager at H.L.Hutchinson Ltd, by way of introducing the workshop, said: "You could argue that for apple growers thinning has now become the most difficult and the most important decision of the year. This is particularly true of varieties like Gala, bearing in mind the very specific size ranges now demanded by the multiple retailers."
From compostable punnets to shelf life-extending film, the fresh produce sector is witnessing an explosion of environmentally friendly packaging innovations.
Earthcycle punnets from CKF
Dealing with Grape Vine Trunk Disease
Chris Cooper and Rob Saunders, vine specialists in the Hutchinsons Horticultural Team, share their thoughts on vineyard priorities for February.
Rob Saunders is a member of the WineGB viticulture working group, an agronomist with Hutchinsons and a board member of AHDB Horticulture. SWD was less of a problem for UK vine growers in comparison with 2017, but Rob wanted to update vineyard managers on current findings, future implications and control strategies for this relative newcomer to the UK.