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  1. Agronomy Diary: Fertiliser for Vines – Vineyard – Tim Kerr

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    Tim Kerr H&STim Kerr, fertiliser specialist for Hutchinsons turns his expertise to vines.

    The wet autumn will have impacted on crop nutrient availability into next spring. After excessive rainfall, lower levels of nitrogen will be seen. Soil mineral nitrogen can be measured to make necessary adjustments.

    Although nitrogen requirement by vines isn't high, it's a difficult element to hold in soils over winter, particularly soils with low cation exchange capacity. Light soils, which are low in clay and/or organic matter, have low resilience to hold nitrogen reserves, even with additional nitrogen from decaying vine leaves.

  2. Importance of Understanding Soil Variability in Vines – Vineyard – Nick Strelczuk

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    Nick Strelczuk precision technology specialist for HutchinsonsNick Strelczuk highlights the importance of understanding soil variability, especially in the context of high value crops like vines.

    Nick Strelczuk, precision technology specialist with Hutchinsons, explains that TerraMap is a new highly accurate soil mapping service offered at two levels of service, standard and premium. It uses gamma-ray detection technology to measure 21 important soil parameters at a resolution of 800 points per hectare.

    The scanning can be carried out irrespective of crop cover or soil moisture at a breadth and resolution unheard of until its launch back in spring 2019.

  3. November Vineyard Agronomy Diary – Vineyard – Chris Cooper, Rob Saunders

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    Chris CooperChris Cooper and Rob Saunders, vine specialists at Hutchinsons, discuss harvest and next steps.

    Harvest 2019 draws to a close and for many the dominant memory will be that of picking between the showers and the mud. Despite the rain, grape quality has been better than expected and yields have generally been equal to or better than 2017.

  4. Providing Grape Protection – Vineyard – Mike Hutchinson, Chris Cooper, Rob Saunders, Chris Williams, Jeremy Sharp

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    The crop protection specialists proudly supporting vineyards across the entire UK.

    Since being founded in 1938, crop production specialists Hutchinsons has grown from an operation serving fruit growers in the Wisbech area of Cambridgeshire, to one of the nation's leading agricultural and horticultural input advice and supply companies.

    Today, brothers David and Mike Hutchinson continue to play an active role in the family-owned business which celebrated its 80th anniversary last year. Driven by a modern, forward-thinking approach, the Hutchinsons and their dedicated, 450-strong team are committed to providing the best agronomy and crop protection advice, products and services to growers of all crops across the entire UK, from Aberdeen to Truro.

  5. August Diary – Vineyard – Chris Cooper, Rob Saunders

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    Rob Saunders Hop GardenChris Cooper and Rob Saunders, vine specialists in the Hutchinsons Horticultural Team, discuss the season to date in vineyards.

    The 2019 crop doesn't look as abundant as 2018. Generally, individual flowers in bunches have thinned out, allowing plenty of room for grapes to expand into, and although in certain areas in certain varieties fruit set is variable there are still healthy numbers of bunches to be picked this year.

  6. Vineyard Diary, Current Status of Crop – 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 observations on the current status of the vine crop.

    Most vineyard owners and managers we see are very open to new ideas and motivated to take a “softer” approach to pest, disease and weed control. More growers are investing in cultivation machines to keep herbicide strips clear, using bio-film in establishing vineyards, and a plant-derived material as a contact weed control and to burn off the lower unwanted buds and investigating organic mulches and cover crops.

  7. 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.