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  1. Targeted Slug Control Adds Insurance Against Crop Loss – CPM – Andrew Goodinson

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    Andrew Goodinson HSGrowers shouldn't worry about the loss of metaldehyde from the slug control armoury, says Herefordshire-based agronomist Andrew Goodinson of Hutchinsons. In his view, good quality ferric phosphate alternatives are every bit as effective and also provide a better environmental footprint.

    Andrew's been recommending ferric phosphate for over five years and he's gradually phasing metaldehyde 

  2. 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

  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.