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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Frost Damage, Advice for April - Rob Saunders, Chris Cooper - Vineyard Magazine

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    The degree of frost damage in vines is dependent on growth stage, the duration of temperatures below zero, and to some degree, following day-time temperatures. Site selection is a taken as read, and growers are familiar with mechanised frost mitigation measures, such as frost fans, bougies and heated fruiting wire.

  5. 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.