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  1. Aggressive Blight Strain Too Serious to Ignore – Arable Farming – Darryl Shailes

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    Darryl Shailes v2Spring has sprung, although the number of frosts we've had in May does make me wonder. I'm not sure what effect it has had on the blossom on the fruit trees and berry bushes in the garden; only time will tell. The plum and codling moth traps are out so hopefully we’ll have a bit less fruit damage this year.

    We've had a first hatch of cygnets and hopefully we'll have also got some young calves in the meadow over the river so, yes, spring has sprung in the Waveney Valley at least.

    The recent rains, while very welcome, would have been better without the hail and

  2. Thinning with Brevis - a masterclass - The Fruit Grower - Rob Saunders

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    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 Hop Garden

    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."

  3. Fruit GB Viticulture Technical Conference: Spotted Wing Drosophila (SWD) - The Fruit Grower

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    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.