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  • 2015 Grower Achievement Award

    The AVG's Grower Achievement Award is Sponsored by Agro-Culture Liquid Fertilizers Are you a vegetable grower representing the spirit of excellence in our industry? Do you know a grower operation that is innovative and stands above the rest? It's easy to submit a nomination; fill out the form ...

  • Greener maize crops may need silage preservation rethink

    It is becoming ever more popular to harvest maize while it's still green. However there may be different requirements when it comes to silage preservation - do you know how to get the best from your maize harvest? More than three quarters of long-term forage maize growers are now harvesting the crop greener than they used to, according to a new survey of UK dairy farmers. However a substantial ...


    By Volac International Limited

  • `Banana has a future after all`

    The banana has been severely affected by fungal diseases that can only be combated by using omore and more plant protection products. In the last century, the much-loved Gros Michel banana variety was wiped out as a result of Panama disease. But now the replacement variety Cavendish – available in every supermarket – is at risk. At his inauguration as professor by special appointment ...

  • Australian Growers directed to certified laboratories

    Grain growers are encouraged to make sure that the soil testing laboratory they use in coming months is certified to conduct the test they require. This is one of the messages contained in a new Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) fact sheet Better Fertiliser Decisions for Crop Nutrition. Department of Agriculture and Food (DAFWA) researcher Ross Brennan said soil ...

  • Soy Growers Push for Extension of Biodiesel Tax Credit

    The American Soybean Association (ASA) continues its efforts to secure an extension of the biodiesel tax credit, which expires again at the end of 2016.  While a “tax extenders” package had become an annual occurrence in Congress, changing dynamics have made it even more challenging and far less certain than past years. The tax package enacted in 2015 extended the biodiesel tax ...

  • Grain storage advice for growers in central grainbelt

    Central grainbelt growers keen to improve their on-farm grain storage systems are invited to attend local workshops in April. Grain storage expert Ben White, of the Kondinin Group, will present and take questions at the following events supported by the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC): April 6 (Sunday) - Mundaring (Mahogany Creek Tavern) – Grain storage facilities ...

  • Energy efficiency a key concern for vegetable growers

    As Australian vegetable growers continue to struggle under the weight of rising production costs, an energy audit report on the industry has taken a closer look at power consumption and efficiency. “Energy costs have practically doubled over the last decade, prompting the industry to take a closer look at the way facilities use energy, and to then use the report to identify ...


    By AUSVEG

  • Laser beams and robots to feature in veggie grower seminar

    Laser beams, robots and mid-air vegetable cultivation will be on the agenda for over 100 of the country’s leading vegetable growers at the 2015 Global Technologies in Horticulture Seminar to be held on Thursday 25 June at Jupiters Gold Coast. The Seminar aims to educate Australian growers on the futuristic technology they can employ on-farm, and builds on a highly successful series of ...


    By AUSVEG

  • Scottish Growers Face Basic EU Green Regime

    The Scottish Farmer reports this week that Scottish growers face only a ‘basic’ green regime and will not have a personalised version of the new EU greening rules in time for the next season. Instead, they will work within the basic framework for the next year until a local deal can be agreed. Under the reformed Common Agricultural Policy, ‘greening’ is the new ...


    By ENDURAMAXX

  • “Willy Wonka” of Vegetables to Inspire Aussie Vegetable Growers

    The ingenious mastermind behind several strange and wonderful varieties of watercress that resemble the taste of oysters, liquorice and citrus is set to join an exciting panel of speakers at an industry-first seminar next month. Dutch cultivator Rob Baan will provide highly-anticipated insight into his sustainable and innovative horticultural enterprise, Koppert Cress, at the 2014 Produce ...


    By AUSVEG

  • Building capacity for and with sustainable palm oil growers

    With the UNFCCC COP21 going on in Paris, on the other side of the world in Bogor, Indonesia, Wetlands International and the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) are taking action to decrease greenhouse gas emissions by co-organising a workshop on for palm oil growers on "How to implement RSPO's Principles and Criteria in relation to peat". The workshop took place on 1st ...


    By Wetlands International

  • British Tomato Growers’ Association is a finalist in the Horticultural Oscars

    Yes, its awards season again and the BTGA is delighted to have been shortlisted in the 2014 Grower of the Year Awards in the category ‘Best Consumer Marketing Campaign’.  Our application, along with all the other finalists, goes before the judges on 22 January and the winners will be revealed on 4th March at the awards ceremony at the Grand Connaught Rooms in central ...


    By Tomato Growers Association

  • Growers get pest smart with Veg Pest ID

    Picking a mould from a mildew is now easier for vegetable growers, thanks to the latest range of pest and disease identification updates on the vegetable levy-funded smart device application, Veg Pest ID. The app, released last year by Applied Horticultural Research, has been updated to include 13 vegetable varieties and more than 1,500 high resolution images of a wide range of pests, ...


    By AUSVEG

  • Growers can increase efficiency with single crop focus

    Vegetable growers are able to benefit from increased productivity by focusing their growing operations on producing a single commodity, with efficiencies created by investing in labour that is specialised for a single crop. This is one of the outcomes from an Economic Discussion Paper produced by vegetable grower body AUSVEG, using data from the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and ...


    By AUSVEG

  • Participatory breeding program assists organic tomato growers

    Organic tomato production is growing rapidly in Midwestern states in the US, as evidenced by a USDA study that found certified organic tomato production increased more than 277% in the region from 2007-2011. The authors of a report in the September 2015 issue of HortScience say that to keep up with high consumer demand, organic tomato growers need to identify cultivars that are well-adapted to ...

  • Rotating Trellis Boosts Profits for Blackberry Growers

    A U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientist developed a specialized trellis system to help blackberry growers boost profits. Agricultural Research Service (ARS) horticulturist Fumiomi Takeda of the Appalachian Fruit Research Station in Kearneysville, West Virginia, developed a rotating cross-arm (RCA) trellis and cane-training system to help growers overcome environmental ...

  • Fertiliser Helps Grower Claim Record Wheat Yield

    A Peterborough-based fertiliser tank supplier is reinforcing the importance of storing large volumes of fertiliser correctly in order to benefit from bulk-buying savings and to reduce wastage. As a Northumberland grower attributes his claimed world record wheat yield to fertiliser. Northumberland farmer, Rod Smith, claims to have achieved a world record wheat yield of 16.52t/ha and attributes his ...


    By ENDURAMAXX

  • Crop Growers Told to Prepare for Low Price Era

    Following some of the best years ever for growing row crops, an agricultural economist advised farmers to prepare for several years of lower prices, at a workshop at the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 95th Annual Convention. “The last six years have been extraordinary years if you are a row crop producer,” said Matthew Roberts, an associate professor at Ohio State ...

  • British Tomato Growers` Assocation Conference 2013

    The British Tomato Growers’ Association Conference is taking place between the 25-26th September 2013. Clarke Energy will  be exhibiting once more at the show which will take place in the Midlands. Come visit us to learn about greenhouse CHP and our new project in Cheshire. Clarke Energy has installed over 100MW of ...


    By Clarke Energy

  • The Olive growers from Calabria visit the Pieralisi Group

    Surrounded by the hills of the Marche region and warmed by a sunny day on the 21st of February the Pieralisi Group hosted the first group of olive-oil growers from Calabria. During the day, the participants had the opportunity to visit the whole company; the design offices, the technical and testing departments, the production area and finally the exhibition area. In the afternoon, at the ...


    By Pieralisi Group

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