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  1. Hutchinsons host Brassica demonstration open day at Old Leake - Farm Business - Peter Waldock, Oliver Wood

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    Old Leake Brassica Open Day - Farm BusinessFollowing the success of the first open day last year, Hutchinsons’ Brassica Demonstration Site day will be held at Bayholme Farm Old Leake, Boston, on July 11 in conjunction with the Allium & Brassica Centre, by kind permission of F Daubney & Sons.

    Visitors will have the opportunity to view how new near-market brassica-related herbicides, insecticides, and fungicides are performing and compare them with current commercial practice, explains Hutchinsons vegetable technical support Peter Waldock.

  2. Need for Broad-Spectrum Fungicides in Brassicas – The Vegetable Grower – Andy Richardson

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    Andy Richardson of the Allium & Brassica CentreBrassica growers know only too well that they must produce vegetables free from pests and disease in order to satisfy the ever-demanding retail sector. They need to grow great quality brassicas with good shelf appeal and with no visual blemishes.

    According to ADAS Crop Notes, recent warm weather interspersed with rain showers has encouraged the development of leaf diseases such as ring spot light leaf spot and Alternaria. Ring spot has been cited as the main disease affecting brassicas with reported incidence of this in kale in the east.

    Ring spot and Phoma are reported on purple sprouting broccoli and Brussels sprouts. In sprouts, light leaf spot affects quality and appearance of the buttons and its presence can lead to crop rejection.

  3. Testing Times for Weed Control – The Vegetable Farmer

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    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.