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  1. Soil Health Focus at Brassica Demonstration Day – The Vegetable Farmer – Will Sharpe, Oliver Wood, Carl Sharp, Peter Waldock

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    IMG_0731With a focus on good soil health, herbicides, insecticides, biostimulants, fungicides, and nutrition, Hutchinsons’ second brassica demonstration day was held Old Leake, Boston, on July 11 in conjunction with the Allium & Brassica Centre.

    The aim of the plots is to refine understanding of soil health, including exploring novel approaches for vegetable farming, such as strip-till and cover crops, explained Hutchinsons area business manager Will Sharpe.

    “We plan to provide vegetable growers with a leading source of information on brassicas,” he said, pointing out that the trials field was very typical of the area, with similar soils being found around the horse-shoe area of south Lincolnshire and north Norfolk. “By setting up demonstration plots, people can see what works in these fields, and then make decisions on whether they might work at home for them.”

  2. Vineyard: Observations for June - Vineyard Magazine - Chris Cooper, Rob Saunders

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    Chris CooperThis month Chris Cooper and Rob Saunders, vine specialists in the Hutchinsons Horticultural Team, are making general observations on the current status of the vine crop. 

    There are now 2,900 hectares under vines in the UK, three times what there was in 2000. An estimated 3 million more vines have been planted this year. Good weed control in the first year is a prerequisite to successful establishment – herbicide options are limited so don’t overlook the use of biodegradable film mulch, which can be laid after planting.

  3. Testing Times for Weed Control – The Vegetable Farmer

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    Alliums

    Growers of onions and leeks were dealt a blow with the loss of Totril, which had been the mainstay of weed control programmes, and now linuron which was effective against problem weeds like fat hen and field pansy. Bromoxynil, the active ingredient of Buctril, used as a replacement for Totril, is undergoing risk assessment for renewal of its approval and is at risk of withdrawal too, says agronomist Andy Richardson of the Allium & Brassica Centre.