Horticulture publications

23 May 2018

The Ornamentals Review summarises the research AHDB are funding on behalf of growers of ornamental crops. Features include: Pest, weed and disease control. Growing media and soils. Crop management: Nutrition, lighting, robotics, energy efficiency and production techniques

23 May 2018

More non-target species appear on plum fruit moth traps than for most other moth traps. The most common contaminant species is Grapholita tenebrosana (G.t.). Although it is harmless, it looks very similar to PFM and is frequently wrongly recorded.

23 May 2018

Simple wall chart identification guide of typical nutrient deficiencies in Brassica crops.

23 May 2018

Simple wall chart identification guide of common pests in Brassica crops including emerging and minor pests.

23 May 2018

Simple wall chart identification guide of common diseases in Brassica crops. The poster is designed to supplement the Brassica Crop Walkers' guide and is a useful simple reference that can be accessed quickly by all staff.

23 May 2018

Free-living nematodes (FLN) are microscopic soil-borne organisms that can cause significant crop damage by feeding on plant roots, leading to reduced yields and quality. This factsheet offers recommendations to growers on how to manage FLN. 

23 May 2018

This factsheet outlines the threat posed by the spotted wing drosophila to the soft and stone fruit industries in the UK and offers guidance to growers on how best to monitor, manage and control it.

23 May 2018

Pepino mosaic virus (PepMV) is one of the most economically important tomato diseases in the UK. This factsheet provides new results on strains present in UK crops, PepMV symptoms, survival of the virus in roots and composted tomato waste, potential locations of contamination after an outbreak and occurrence of the virus in water.

23 May 2018

Vine weevil (Otiorhynchus sulcatus) remains the number one pest of container-grown hardy nursery stock. This factsheet provides information on the biology and damage caused by vine weevil adults and larvae and explains the various strategies that can be adopted to control the pest.

23 May 2018

The Feb/March issue of The Grower is packed with the latest news, industry updates and useful information for growers across the UK. In this issue explore how disruptive mating systems could help combat moth pests, catch up with the tomorrow's scientists and take a insiders sneak peak at soil mapping.

23 May 2018

The Growing Media Review magazine provides the latest industry progress and research in the work towards helping the horticulture industry reduce its reliance on peat. This edition explores a new model to predict the performance of different growing media blends and takes a look at commercial success stories across the supply chain.

23 May 2018

Download the Grower magazine for Dec/Jan 2018. In this issue we ask you to think about Preparing for a Leaner Future through adopting Lean principles to help your business survive the rocky road ahead?  

23 May 2018

The Soft Fruit Review magazine provides the latest progress and research by AHDB in the work towards helping the fruit sector tackle key crop protection issues.

23 May 2018

Download the all new look The Grower magazine. Features in this issue include how growers can attract beneficial hoverflies and could biopesticides be the answer to successfully managing pests, diseases and weeds? 

23 May 2018

The Field Vegetable Review magazine provides the latest progress and research by AHDB in the work towards helping the vegetable sector tackle key crop protection issues.

23 May 2018

Your guide to current AHDB crop protection research and how the results can help your business. We take a look at how everyday substances, like sunflower oil and vinegar, have a role to play in crop protection. How market forces, legislation, and research and development are shaping the availability of biopesticides.

23 May 2018

The AHDB Horticulture Crop Walkers’ Guide for Protected Edibles has been designed specifically as an aid to crop monitoring. It illustrates and describes the important pests, diseases, nutritional and physiological disorders which may be encountered during the crop production process. 

23 May 2018

This poster provides an easy reference guide to indicate the life-cycle stage of the most common pests of cane fruit crops throughout the year. The calendar also indicates when to expect low or high population pressures. 

23 May 2018

The first ever fresh produce good hygiene practice guide has been launched to support producers of watercress grown in flowing water, with practical advice on how to comply with food hygiene legislation and related requirements. 

23 May 2018

Recent advances have been made in the knowledge of downy mildews, white blisters and species of Phytophthora that affect above ground tissue in fruit, vegetable and herb crops. This factsheet highlights information relevant to the management of aerial oomycetes and suggests areas where greater understanding is still needed.

23 May 2018

This factsheet describes the symptoms and life cycle of strawberry powdery mildew and how it becomes established and spreads through crops grown under protection. It also provides guidance on management strategies to minimise the risk of damaging epidemics developing. 

23 May 2018

Carrot and related Apiaceous crops such as parsnip, celeriac and celery may be infested by a relatively small number of damaging pest insect species that can reduce both quality and yield. This factsheet focuses on the pest insects infesting carrot.

23 May 2018

Smoulder and white mould are the most common and damaging foliar diseases affecting commercial narcissus production. Leaf scorch is the main foliar disease of Tazetta narcissus, especially on the Scilly Isles. This factsheet provides information on biology of the three diseases and guidelines for their effective management.

23 May 2018

This factsheet collates recent research and current knowledge to provide growers with practical information on weed control in rhubarb plantations. Weed control in rhubarb and other perennial crops is becoming increasingly difficult with the current limited range of herbicide approvals.

23 May 2018

This factsheet provides results of nitrogen (N) and phosphorus (P) response experiments on sweetcorn (Zea mays L. var. rugosa) from work undertaken in AHDB Horticulture project FV 409, which was carried out during 2013 and 2014, to improve understanding of sweetcorn responses to N and P.

23 May 2018

A tomato stem rot disease that appears to be caused by Phoma labilis and a Phoma species closely related to P. destructiva affected a few crops in southern England. This factsheet provides information on tomato stem rot caused by these Phoma species and compares symptoms with those of Didymella stem canker.

23 May 2018

This factsheet summarises knowledge of celery leaf spot and describes current best-practice guidelines for its management, considering all aspects of production from seed health through to harvest.

23 May 2018

Downy mildew of basil was first reported in the UK during the summer of 2010 on protected plants in the south-east of England. The aim of this factsheet is to help growers identify symptoms of the disease early and to provide options for its control.

23 May 2018

Part two of the Protected Edibles Crop Walkers’ Guide has been designed specifically as an aid to crop monitoring. It illustrates and describes the important pests, diseases, nutritional and physiological disorders which may be encountered during the crop production process. 

21 June 2018

Project 1: Translating existing knowledge of management effects on soil biology and soil health for practitioners

25 June 2018

Trade and investment officers from the Department for International Trade (DIT) export visit

13 June 2018

Nine emergency authorisations for potato, herb, celery, carrot, parsnip, cherry and plum were secured this week for UK growers to protect their crops

12 June 2018

Creating a best practice guide to sharing farm data is the focus of a new consultation launched by the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB)

12 June 2018

More than three-quarters of farmers involved in AHDB’s Monitor Farm programme believe it has helped them improve their business, according to a new survey

26 June 2018

Project 3: Molecular approaches for routine soil-borne disease and soil health assessment - establishing the scope

6 June 2018

The former Deputy Principal and Chief Executive of Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) has been appointed as an independent member of the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) main board

21 May 2018

UK farmers and growers will have access to more than 50 farmer-to-farmer learning events this summer

19 June 2018

Twenty British growers who attended a 3-day study tour in The Netherlands heard how a different generation of robots can improve productivity by lending a hand, eyes, or even extra brain-power to support growers with data and repetitive tasks

10 July 2018

Could a fully automated broccoli harvester that saves growers significant amounts of time and money soon be a commercial reality?

13 July 2018

This factsheet provides information concerning heuchera rust, its probable life cycle, typical plant symptoms and appropriate cultural and chemical control guidelines based on that known for other rust diseases.

13 July 2018

Narcissus growers can encounter a range of problems that can impact on both the quality and yield of flowers and bulbs unless they are identified and dealt with. Often, such problems are linked to pests and diseases, but a range of physiological and cultural disorders may also be encountered.

13 July 2018

The AHDB Horticulture Crop Walkers’ Guide for Cut Flowers has been designed specifically as an aid to crop monitoring. It illustrates and describes the important pests, diseases, nutritional and physiological disorders which may be encountered during the crop production process. 

13 July 2018

The AHDB Horticulture Crop Walkers’ Guide for Asparagus has been designed specifically as an aid to crop monitoring. It illustrates and describes the important pests, diseases, nutritional and physiological disorders which may be encountered during the crop production process. 

13 July 2018

The AHDB Horticulture Crop Walkers’ Guide for UK carrots and parsnips has been designed specifically as an aid to crop monitoring, both in the field and in store. It illustrates and describes the important pests, diseases, nutritional and physiological disorders which may be encountered during the crop production process. 

16 July 2018

This pocket guide is primarily an aid to weed seedling identification to help growers choose the right cultural or herbicidal control method.

16 July 2018

The AHDB Horticulture Crop Walkers’ Guide for UK Alliums has been designed specifically as an aid to crop monitoring. It illustrates and describes the important pests, diseases, nutritional and physiological disorders which may be encountered during the crop production process. 

16 July 2018

The AHDB Horticulture Crop Walkers’ Guide for Outdoor Cucurbits has been designed specifically as an aid to crop monitoring. It illustrates and describes the important pests, diseases, nutritional and physiological disorders which may be encountered during the crop production process. 

16 July 2018

The AHDB Horticulture Crop Walkers’ Guide for Bush Fruit has been designed specifically as an aid to crop monitoring. It illustrates and describes the important pests, diseases, nutritional and physiological disorders which may be encountered during the crop production process. 

16 July 2018

The AHDB Horticulture Crop Walkers’ Guide for Apple has been designed specifically as an aid to crop monitoring. It illustrates and describes the important pests, diseases, nutritional and physiological disorders which may be encountered during the crop production process.

16 July 2018

Conductivity is a useful measurement of total salt content of a soilless substrate and provides growers with an indication of the strength of feed solution within a container grown crop. This factsheet explains what conductivity is and how best to measure and manage it.

16 July 2018

Fruit affected by spotted wing drosophila (SWD) is unmarketable and must be disposed of as waste during and after the harvest operation. Inadequate disposal perpetuates populations of SWD in soft and stone fruit crops. This factsheet shows the best practices to follow when disposing of this waste.

16 July 2018

This factsheet describes the symptoms of downy mildew and how it spreads in rhubarb plantations. It provides guidance on disease avoidance and summarises both cultural and chemical control measures.

25 July 2018

Funding for The Cut Flower Centre has been confirmed for a further five years, with a broadened remit to research crop protection

10 August 2018

This GREATsoils case study examines the importance of effective soil assessment methods for the production of carrot crops through the experiences of producers Fresh Growers Ltd. The case study reviews the benefits of Albrecht approach to soil assessment and the impact on nutrient management.

10 August 2018

Asparagus growers, worked with Cranfield University to install grassed waterways to reduce runoff from fields. This enabled land that was not formally capable of supporting asparagus to be used. Grassed waterways do not prevent soil erosion across the whole field area they maintain the soil in the field.

10 August 2018

Leaf and bud nematodes, Aphelenchoides species, are common, persistent and damaging pests of a range of economically important hardy nursery stock (HNS) crops. This factsheet provides guidelines on symptom recognition, and information on the biology and management of leaf and bud nematodes in HNS.

10 August 2018

Vine weevil remains a major pest of soft fruit crops. This factsheet gives practical information on the biology and control of vine weevil in soft fruit crops, drawing on results from research funded by AHDB Horticulture and others.

10 July 2018

A group of UK growers recently visited Wageningen University and Research in the Netherlands to check out the new and exciting technological developments being used in the areas or automation and robotics.

14 August 2018

The earthworm count is a quick and easy soil testing method, plus it’s a great indicator of your soil structure and health.

17 August 2018

RB209 list of updates from January 2018 (for hard copy only), digital versions are up-to-date

21 August 2018

Information about the symptoms, spread, hosts and control of Tomato chlorosis virus (ToCV) and Tomato infectious chlorosis virus (TICV).

23 August 2018

Results of the independent evaluation of autumn and winter cauliflower, spring cabbage, and other winter Brassica varieties 2017/18

28 August 2018

The Fertigation Bible gives details about existing and innovative technology to make water use more sustainable in horticulture, as well as guidance on subjects such as storage and nutrient addition

30 August 2018

Cross-sector export and trade conference with Secretary of State for International Trade, Liam Fox MP discussing future government policy on trade

31 August 2018

With the UK in a state of uncertainty over its direction in the coming years, we speak to Minister of State for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, George Eustice, to get the low-down on the Government’s plans for a fitter future

4 September 2018

New outbreaks of lettuce Fusarium wilt have been confirmed at sites in Lancashire and Ireland, with a further case identified in Cambridgeshire this summer.

9 August 2018

UK Ministers have appointed a new member of the Board of the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board, who will also chair its Horticulture Sector Board.

7 September 2018

The guide aims to help growers to employ strategies to avoid the use of certain harmful products at key times of the season, while also using management techniques to protect and enhance earwig populations.

10 September 2018

Industry research and innovation on alternatives to using peat in commercial horticulture will be showcased at a series of AHDB events this autumn.

11 September 2018

This factsheet provides growers with the results of sunflower (Helianthus annuuscultivars) evaluation trials which took place at The National Cut Flower Centre, as well as information on: propagation, growing conditions, and pest and disease control. 

13 September 2018

AHDB has opened applications for its Professional Manager Development Scheme (PMDS) course, which will start in January 2019. The course is designed to increase the skills of farmers who manage people, enabling them to apply business intelligence from other sectors, improve communication and understanding, to raise the level of professionalism in the agricultural industry.

13 September 2018

Guidelines for the management of insecticide resistance in several key UK crops have been updated by the Insecticide Resistance Action Group (IRAG).

19 September 2018

An industry coalition has united to kick-start a new skills strategy with the ambition to equip the agricultural workforce for the future of farming and invites new partners to join the group.

26 September 2018

How to sample leaf tissue

27 September 2018

How to sample substrate

1 October 2018

AHDB student Luca Scimeca develops a new robot able to handle a very delicate manual task.

1 October 2018

This technical review focuses on basil which is grown for the fresh cut and potted markets.

1 October 2018

This review focuses on flavour and potential routes to improve flavour quality pre-harvest in chives.

1 October 2018

This guide is focused on coriander/cilantro (Coriandrum sativum) which is grown for the fresh cut and potted markets in the UK.

1 October 2018

This technical review focuses on the chemical basis of flavour in fresh cut and potted mint grown in the UK.

1 October 2018

This review covers the chemical basis of flavour in fresh cut and potted parsley grown in the UK.

1 October 2018

This factsheet focuses on the calibration of the water-powered proportional dilutor

1 October 2018

This technical review looks at ways to optimise flavour in fresh cut and potted rosemary.

5 October 2018

This factsheet provides growers with the results of alstroemerias evaluation trials which took place at The Cut Flower Centre, as well as information on: scheduling and production systems, growing conditions, nutrition and pest and disease control. 

11 October 2018

Salad grower Simon Gardner of G’s on low till cover crops for soil health

12 October 2018

Authorisations offer new weed control options

15 October 2018

To develop the next generation of skilled farmers and growers, AHDB, NFU and industry employers have joined forces to set standards for three new apprenticeship schemes.

15 October 2018

The 2018/19 Field Vegetable Review explores a range of research and developments from AHDB Horticulture for field vegetable growers.

15 October 2018

Data sought in response to proposed maximum residue levels changes

15 October 2018

Welcome to the latest edition of the Grower magazine for October/November 2018

17 October 2018

An easy to use guide for weed control in nursery stock, to help formulate weed control programmes and provide more in-depth reference data. See below to access the 2018 update

30 October 2018

The horticulture industry needs to rapidly increase its knowledge of biopesticides to keep pace with sustainable IPM

31 October 2018

Results from The Bedding and Pot Plant Centre trials on plant growth regulators

31 October 2018

This directory sets out the wide range of partnerships we have with farm businesses across the country, the unique stories and challenges they are tackling and how we are working collectively in an open, honest environment to drive productivity.

1 November 2018

The UK soft fruit industry can now benefit from established energy and cost saving advice following the extension of the GrowSave programme.

2 November 2018

This factsheet provides independent assessment of the growing habits, yield, quality and storage potential of new onion varieties propagated from seed.

7 November 2018

CEVAS is a nationally recognised accreditation and is suitable for a wide range of people, including farmers, farm staff, care farmers, volunteers, advisers, carers and teachers. It helps you create a farm profile, find out about the health and safety regulations, as well as evaluate the success of your events.

12 November 2018

AHDB is asking people to complete a short survey to focus its investment in integrated pest management

13 November 2018

An update from Hayley Campbell-Gibbons following her first sector board meeting

16 November 2018

Opportunity to join the AHDB stand at leading exporting conference

11 April 2019

The Brassica Crop Walkers' Guide is aimed at assisting growers, agronomists and their staff in the vital task of monitoring crops. It is designed for use in the field to help with accurate identification of pests, diseases, nutrient deficiencies and disorders within a crop.

21 November 2018

A summary of the key aspects of evolving farm policy across the nations of the UK.

21 November 2018

The UK is now facing productivity constraints that, as yet, remain unconquered. It is critical that these constraints are addressed so UK agriculture and horticulture can compete in an increasingly global market, and secure its future. This is particularly important in the context of a post-Brexit UK, and uncertainty over future levels of direct support and trade agreements. It is not only physical constraints that are facing the UK. Although predominant, most publicised factors, e.g. yield plateaus, the weather and environmental factors, there are also many contributing structural, behavioural and regulatory constraints. This publication presents the findings of a stakeholder consultation that aimed to understand the constraints considered most limiting by the industry.

22 November 2018

We examine the factors which could affect how agricultural funding could be split between the Home Nations in the future.

26 November 2018

Wildflower field margins can improve bee species’ work and aid their conservation

28 November 2018

Inform government’s review of the shortage occupation list

28 November 2018

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has sent a letter asking for producers currently (or thinking about) exporting products of animal origin (POAO) to the EU to get in contact with them by 12 December.

28 November 2018

A guide to manage spider mites in protected cherry, taking account of the conflicting measures which can be necessary to control other pests.

11 December 2018

Read the latest news, research and innovation for UK horticulture

17 December 2018

The AHDB GREATsoils programme has been signposted as a vital resource and tool for growers as part of two new soil qualifications from BASIS

22 August 2018

Leading developers and influencers in agri-tech are being invited to exhibit at SmartHort 2019, a new conference designed to connect innovators with the horticultural industry.

18 December 2018

Three areas to improve labour management for increased productivity

18 December 2018

What are the principles of lean and how could it benefit horticulture?

18 December 2018

How can you attract the best employees with an ever dwindling pool of workers

19 December 2018

A summary of the latest research and developments for soft fruit

20 December 2018

Farmers and growers often want to maintain or enhance soil organic matter (SOM) content as this can have a range of benefits for soil health. Given that applying bulky organic matter has a financial cost, it is important to understand the merits of using different organic materials.

21 December 2018

About 80 postgraduates convened in Solihull last month for the third AHDB PhD studentship conference.

14 December 2018

Can imitation robots soon be replacing people in some of the repetitive horticultural tasks?

10 December 2018

Five top tips to retain seasonal labour and encourage workers to return every year

7 December 2018

Can introducing Champions to your business make an impact on productivity?

19 December 2018

A ban on the outdoor use of metaldehyde slug pellets is to be introduced across Great Britain from spring 2020.

2 January 2019

This factsheet is intended to increase grower awareness of the insect and the damage that it causes, as well as helping growers to distinguish it from Macrolophus pygmaeus.

3 January 2019

Valuable insight into how the UK can grow its meat and dairy exports in key markets has been revealed in three new reports – launched this week at the Oxford Farming Conference.

4 January 2019

The first edition a new Scotland-focused AHDB newsletter was recently published, featuring articles on key Scottish projects.

9 January 2019

Meet the household brands bringing innovation to agriculture and horticulture

11 January 2019

A new watercress marketing campaign is set to increase awareness and inspire a new audience of consumers to include it in their diet.

15 January 2019

In our latest blog, we discuss what can we learn from New Zealand's experience of subsidy-free farming

16 January 2019

What can be learnt from New Zealand’s experience of subsidy-free farming

16 January 2019

This guide covers fungal and Oomycete disease of lettuce.  

17 January 2019

Fruit Logistica takes place in Berlin from 6-8 February. Over the course of the event British horticulture and potato companies will seek to build new relationships with numerous international visitors.

29 January 2019

Explore the essential steps for managing a phased handover from one generation to the next

16 January 2019

Find out about indicators that could help you test the health of your soil

24 January 2019

For hard copy owners of RB209, please refer to this amendment sheet

25 January 2019

Nutrient Management Guide RB209 updated with new guidance

23 January 2019

Leading experts in agri-tech, robotics and automation are set to talk at SmartHort 2019

25 January 2019

Veg Power campaign launches to encourage children to eat more vegetables

29 January 2019

Results from the main varieties released in the second tranche of the East Malling Strawberry Breeding Club.

29 January 2019

Life is full of new beginnings and the New Year is usually a good time to reflect on the past and decide to make some changes.

15 January 2019

Labour efficiency workshops as part of the SmartHort campaign aiming to influence, inspire and improve the performance of your horticultural business

29 January 2019

How the space sector is revolutionising agriculture

30 January 2019

Motivating teams to develop performance

30 January 2019

Motivating teams to develop performance

29 January 2019

Hayley Campbell-Gibbons' update from the January AHDB Horticulture Board meeting

31 January 2019

Herbaceous Perennials workshop aimed at supervisors, team leaders and those who are about to transition into the role.

31 January 2019

An insight into developments with new growing media blends for use in hardy nursery stock production.

31 January 2019

The AHDB Pavillion will once again be heading to Fruit Logistica (Berlin) to see the latest innovations, products and services in fresh produce.

31 January 2019

Final workshop to share the results of the GrowSave pilot study group project, Next Generation Growing (NGG).

1 February 2019

Will you be able to comply with the new chlorate residue levels?

4 February 2019

Labour efficiency workshop aiming to influence, inspire and improve the performance of your horticultural business

4 February 2019

Labour efficiency workshop aiming to influence, inspire and improve the performance of your horticultural business.

6 February 2019

Deadline: 6 February 2019

8 February 2019

The aim of this report is to provide readers with an understanding of how Horticulture trade could be affected once the UK leaves the EU, under both an agreed withdrawal and under a ‘no deal’ scenario.

11 February 2019

Are mechanical weeders getting closer to fully replacing herbicides?

11 February 2019

GrowSave climate control workshop for soft fruit growers.

11 February 2019

British growers at this year’s Fruit Logistica say they are keen to work with European businesses post-Brexit – but they need political certainty.

12 February 2019

New products & technology on show at the international fresh produce trade show

12 February 2019

Easy to use guide to help monitor your crops and identify pests, diseases and disorders

13 February 2019

Control options, symptoms and action points for controlling black rot in brassicas

13 February 2019

Control options, symptoms and action points for spear rot disease

14 February 2019

More than 120 primary and secondary teachers were given food for thought at the first national conference to enhance teacher knowledge about farming, cooking and nutrition.

14 February 2019

Exploring downy mildew in protected cut flower crops.

14 February 2019

Our 2019 protected edibles review contains the latest information on all current and previous projects. Find out the results from our SCEPTREplus programme and many more research projects.

14 February 2019

Our latest edition of The Grower focuses on autonomous drones, robotics and labour efficiency.

15 February 2019

Tools, market insight and farmer views on dealing with the heat wave and resulting drought

15 February 2019

Is vertical farming a true economic alternative for UK growers?

23 May 2019

These publications explain how each earthworm group has a unique and important function and give top tips on how identify and count each type.

18 February 2019

In terms of nutrition, poinsettias are one of the more demanding crops. Nutrient-related symptoms can be expressed on both leaves and bracts during both the production and marketing phases. Severe symptoms expressed later on in the growing season are difficult to correct and may result in substantial crop rejection and wastage.

12 March 2019

20 February 2019

Labour efficiency workshop aiming to influence, inspire and improve the performance of your horticultural business.

21 February 2019

Improving the performance of biopesticides in the production of ornamental crops.

22 February 2019

Strawberry powdery mildew, caused by the fungus Podosphaera aphanis attacks the leaves, flowers and fruit of strawberry.

22 February 2019

The tomato stem rot disease appears to be caused by Phoma labilis and a Phoma species closely related to P. destructiva

22 February 2019

An insight into selected soil assessment tests for horticulture, soil infiltration rates and much more.

22 February 2019

Green manures have potential for use in modern orchard systems and they can bring benefits to beneficial insect populations as well as to soil health.

25 February 2019

In his latest blog, Phil Bicknell brings some much needed clarity to the Brexit debate

8 March 2019

We are offering three growers an exclusive chance to try out the latest labour maximising techniques.

26 February 2019

Producers and users of school educational resources on food are being invited to have their say on a series of new voluntary guidelines.

27 February 2019

The weather in the last year has been more challenging than most - how are its effects being felt farming?

28 February 2019

SmartHort 2019 is a two-day conference that will examine the potential of new technologies in light of current labour shortages in UK horticulture.

18 December 2018

Are robotic harvesters close to being commercial reality?

28 February 2019

In a drive to better equip the next generation of workers, AHDB has joined forces with industry to set standards for its Trailblazer Apprenticeships.

28 February 2019

The potential benefits of data driven production

1 March 2019

1 March 2019

4 March 2019

One-day event to get the latest update on multiple projects in protected edible vine crops.

5 March 2019

Brexit decisions will be key to what happens with self-sufficiency but either way there are a number of challenges and things to consider

5 March 2019

An introduction into the skills and knowledge needed to be an effective supervisor

5 March 2019

An introduction into the skills and knowledge needed to be an effective supervisor

4 March 2019

Josse De Baerdemaeker from University of Leuven explains the challenges and future opportunities for new technologies in horticulture ahead of his talk at the SmartHort Conference

4 March 2019

Ross Mitchell, Castleton Farm, reveals how his decision to invest in cutting-edge fruit sorting technology has led to rich pickings.

6 March 2019

Succession: is it necessary to involve a professional? Can't the family just decide?

8 March 2019

Apply to work with automation systems experts on your business

8 March 2019

Your personal goals are just as important as your business objectives. Take some time to think about what makes you happy

8 March 2019

Apply to work with automation systems experts from WMG

5 March 2019

AHDB Horticulture is acting on feedback from British growers with #WatercressChallenge to drive awareness and usage of this tasty and nutritional super-salad veg.

8 March 2019

Understand your current situation and think about where you want to be, and create a plan which gets you there

8 March 2019

Reflect on the positives to help inform your business plan

8 March 2019

Emerging new virus threat for tomatoes

8 March 2019

How to get the best out of your sprays and sprayer

29 November 2018

With Christmas round the corner, AHDB has released a new podcast looking at what consumers will be looking out for in the shops this year and what farmers are doing to prepare for the change to come in the New Year.

11 March 2019

Consultation on guidelines for schools closes on Friday

11 March 2019

Presenting a wide range of tree fruit research projects being funded by AHDB and others.

13 March 2019

Selling assets can be quite an emotional process, but could provide your business with much-needed cash.

15 August 2018

Two in five people are intending to increase the number of meals they cook from scratch. What's holding them back?

21 August 2018

This article looks at how the UK retail landscape has changed over the years to meet changing consumer needs.

12 March 2019

This report examines health from the consumer’s perspective and picks out the challenges and opportunities in meeting the needs of the modern consumer. It is the first in a series of ‘focus on’ reports the team is producing.

7 December 2018

Celebrations are one of the most valuable types of meal, with shoppers willing to spend more for events

3 June 2019

Explore your options for the future, and create a plan which gets you there

13 March 2019

The latest Defra webex on preparations for a no-deal Brexit

11 October 2019

Explore the risks your business may face

17 May 2019

Plan against the risks which could affect your business

8 April 2019

Farms that write a formal long-term business plan are more profitable than those that don’t

13 March 2019

Why should you write one and what should you include?

13 March 2019

Explore the options available to you

13 March 2019

Understanding your customers and their requirements

13 March 2019

Plan the future workforce your business needs

13 March 2019

Summarise your plan to maximum effect

13 March 2019

Diversifying can make your business more resilient but needs to be properly planned for you to succeed.

13 March 2019

If you are confident of your business stability, then expanding your business may be an option.

13 March 2019

Explore some alternative uses for your land.

13 March 2019

Technological transformation requires the industry to come together

13 March 2019

Aphids will start to fly about two weeks earlier than average this year.

14 March 2019

An update on chlorate and perchlorate maximum residue levels

14 March 2019

Understanding impact of chlorine dioxide and electrolysed irrigation water

14 March 2019

An investigation into the value of pollination to courgette yield and examination of which native UK species are the most effective pollinators for field-grown courgettes.

14 March 2019

Writing your ambitions down is one of the most successful ways to visualise what you want to do and so make it happen. However, only 19% of farmers have a written business plan.

15 March 2019

Find external funding to achieve your goals.

15 March 2019

Regardless of what happens with Brexit, unless the UK stays in, farmers in England will see direct payments removed by 2028. The situation for farmers in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, (as of 11 March 2019) is unclear.

19 March 2019

Accurately predict when to apply control measures for blackcurrant gall mite

19 March 2019

P1903296: AHDB Research Call - SCEPTREplus Year 3: Third call for protocol proposals: Questions & Answers

20 March 2019

Should chlorates be regulated under ‘Contaminants’ rather than ‘Plant Protection Product’ legislation?

20 March 2019

In order to better-understand the implications of Brexit for the Lake District, the Lake District National Park authority requested that the AHDB use the model developed by Informa Agribusiness Consulting to investigate the impact of the three Brexit scenarios on the income of grazing farms in the Lake District National Park. The AHDB commissioned Informa Agribusiness Consulting to carry out this work.

22 March 2019

A two-day conference examining the potential of new technologies in light of current labour shortages in UK horticulture

25 March 2019

Understanding contamination, disinfection and managing risk

30 April 2019

Whatever the outcome of Brexit, AHDB is committed to supporting farmers.

25 March 2019

Our strategic focuses for the coming year

26 March 2019

UK growers now have access to three new products, to target and control ‘Grey Mould and Powdery Mildew’ in ornamentals, and stop aphid attack on peppers and chilli.

26 March 2019

Workforce, the single biggest challenge for global horticulture

30 April 2019

We have loads of tools and resources on the AHDB website – check out some of our favourites here.

27 March 2019

Within this report, we investigate whether the EU referendum is likely to deliver a boost for domestic growers and producers on the back of improved consumer sentiment towards buying British. We look at how shopper behaviour may be impacted going forward and look to see if there is any evidence of change so far.

27 March 2019

The UK retail scene has seen enormous structural change over the last decade, driven by technology, new entrants and changing demands.

27 March 2019

Listen to a panel discussion about key issues and impacts of Brexit on the UK’s agricultural and horticultural sectors

28 March 2019

29 March 2019

From next Friday, flight arrivals can be tracked through AHDB Aphid News.

20 February 2019

Know when to apply control measures using pest modelling and weather data

29 March 2019

Prototype robotic arm offers hope for commercial raspeberry harvesting

9 April 2019

Efficient irrigation of container-grown hardy nursery stock (HNS) crops presents specific challenges to growers not found with field-grown crops.

4 April 2019

Conclusions of the first ever major cross-sector review of weed management

5 April 2019

Don't go through things alone, share your problem with others

9 April 2019

Easy to use guide to help monitor your crops and identify pests, diseases and disorders

12 April 2019

Understand how different Brexit scenarios could affect your farm business incomes

10 April 2019

Six leading chefs embraced watercress at a unique event to help growers raise awareness of this nutritious leafy green, with its inclusion in a range of dishes from cocktails to chocolates.

16 April 2019

Two-part SmartHort labour efficiency webinar series focusing on recruitment and building effective relationships with labour providers

16 April 2019

Two-part SmartHort labour efficiency webinar series focusing on recruitment and building effective relationships with labour providers

16 April 2019

SmartHort conference isn't over yet. Discover and find out what steps you can take to introduce robotics and automation into your business. We have specialists from University of Essex, Innovate UK, KTN, G's and Tiptree Grower Andrey who provide us with an invaluable insight into their line of work.

17 April 2019

Opportunity to visit the ADAS led long-term trial investigating the impact of organic materials on soil health

18 April 2019

SmartHort heading to GreenTech Amsterdam

18 April 2019

Regular soil tests and the recommendations associated with them are vital tools that must be used in order to ensure the best possible crop yield

17 April 2019

UK Ministers have agreed to extend Gwyn Jones’ second term of office on the Board of the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB).

23 April 2019

SCEPTREplus trials to control grey mould, smoulder and weeds in narcissus

12 April 2019

Horizon modelling highlights the need for farmers to be prepared for different Brexit outcomes

24 April 2019

Below average rainfall is triggering UK farmers and growers to adopt water savvy techniques early in the year, to be prepared should another agricultural drought hit.

25 April 2019

What to expect from our new Strategic SmartHort Centres

26 April 2019

This one-day conference aims to bring together the mushroom industry during a time of major change, uncertainty and opportunity.

26 April 2019

Tough new Clean Air Strategy1 targets are spurring farmers and growers to develop more practices to cut ammonia emissions and reduce the industry’s environmental footprint, further.

25 April 2019

Survey results to support training resources and funding

29 April 2019

Useful advice to help livestock farmers, deal with, or plan for, water supply disruption.

30 April 2019

AHDB works closely with partners across Scotland, including research institutes, industry bodies and of course, farmers. In each issue we will be highlighting one of those partnerships to explain more about how it benefits levy payers.

30 April 2019

Insight into propagation management for Hardy Nursery Stock (includes case studies)

1 May 2019

Head of Minor Use programme says goodbye after 40 years in horticulture

19 March 2019

New induction video to help growers develop essential skills in their workforce

2 May 2019

How to pick soft fruit - an induction film

2 May 2019

Hayley Campbell-Gibbons' update from the March AHDB Horticulture Board meeting

3 May 2019

This factsheet explores asparagus root growth patterns.

7 May 2019

This outlook is based on the latest data available, combining feedback and insight from contacts across the agri-food industry with AHDB sector specialists’ expertise. What follows is an examination of the factors affecting different sectors. Whether you’re using it for business planning, aiming to understand the market dynamics or just interested in a flavour of what agriculture faces in the year ahead, I hope you find this publication useful and informative.

8 May 2019

The Environment Agency has downgraded irrigation prospects for the 2019 season what can growers do now?

8 May 2019

Latest information on new virus threat to tomato and pepper crops

8 May 2019

A good business plan is a must for any farm business: it provides a clear strategy and objectives, and helps everyone involved in the operation to stay productive and focused.

2 May 2019

The horticulture sector is now co-funding a centre of excellence to develop new commercial water-saving techniques for precision irrigation and fertigation, for soft fruit growers.

10 May 2019

Catch-up on Tomato Brown Rugose Fruit Virus webinar and FAQs

10 May 2019

Join us at the fifth summer Bedding and Pot Plant Centre Open Day to receive an update on a range of AHDB led projects focusing on plant growth regulators, disease control and alternative growing media, rounded off with an event BBQ.

10 May 2019

First estimate for 2018

7 May 2019

We've launched a three-year research programme to revolutionise understanding and improve control of downy mildew and late blight in horticultural crops and potatoes.

10 May 2019

UK Total Factor Productivity (TFP*) decreased 2.1% between 2017 and 2018, due to decreased outputs and a smaller increase in inputs.

15 May 2019

We occasionally require freelance professionals in the following specialisms to work with our in-house creative team

15 May 2019

Looking at the benefits of taking a step back and assessing what you do in your day-to-day activities.

15 May 2019

Why is a long-term view on price and profitability important?

5 June 2019

Our analysts look at the latest farm expenses figures, such as feed, fertiliser and fuel

17 May 2019

Showing the future stability of your business

17 May 2019

We have partnered with rural consultancy, ADAS, to run free business planning workshops for farmers and growers.

20 May 2019

Strawberry selections from the East Malling Strawberry Breeding Club

21 May 2019

In this webinar we will look at the benefits of taking a step back and assessing what you do in your day-to-day activities.

21 May 2019

The opportunities of earth observation, satellite communications and navigation systems for agriculture and horticulture

23 May 2019

Biological soil health testing is a useful method of quantifying the impact of different soil management practices such as the use of cover crops.

23 May 2019

This short factsheet is a starter's guide to what microorganisms, pathogens and pests inhabit the soil and the benefits or drawbacks of each of them.

23 May 2019

Soils contain a very high diversity of organisms. These soil organisms interact with one another and the chemical and physical properties of the soil to drive soil processes.

23 May 2019

This guide outlines the basic principles of field drainage, including information on installation and maintenance. It also emphasises the importance of good soil structure and includes information on subsoiling.

23 May 2019

Soil organic matter is the term used for all living, or once-living, materials within, or added to, the soil. This factsheet takes a closer look at how you can measure and add soil organic matter.

23 May 2019

Maintaining optimum soil pH values in all parts of the field is essential in order to maintain soil quality and health, crop quality and yield. This guidance document explains why soil pH is important and outlines the impact of soil type and texture on pH.

23 May 2019

Soil health is the ability of a soil to sustain, in the long term, its most important functions. A healthy soil will be able to sustain crop and livestock productivity and maintain or enhance environmental benefits. It requires a good balance of physical, chemical and biological soil properties, many of which can be tested.

23 May 2019

Many farmers and growers are concerned about the health of their soils. They understand the importance of soil health for the productivity, sustainability and profitability of their business, but many face significant challenges when interpreting results from laboratory analysis or when choosing suitable methods for assessing the health of soils beyond the standard pH, phosphorus (P), potassium (K), magnesium (Mg) analysis.

23 May 2019

Soil water supply is critical to managing the yield and quality of high-value horticultural crops. Improving soil health can benefit the supply of water from irrigation and rainfall by increasing infiltration rates and water-holding capacity.

23 May 2019

AHDB has revealed eight key factors that are the hallmarks of high performing farm businesses in a new report

23 May 2019

Farmers who have now completed our 2017 management training scheme identified combined savings to their businesses in excess of £600,000.

23 May 2019

Sittingbourne Monitor Farm summer meeting, hosted by Mark Bowsher-Gibbs

21 May 2019

Lincolnshire and Herefordshire growers to demonstrate labour saving technologies

23 May 2019

Soil Biology and Soil Health Partnership research case study takes a closer look at the benefits of organic material additions

23 May 2019

This soil management guide is a practical manual for growers and agronomists with the primary focus on soil assessment and management in horticultural cropping systems.

23 May 2019

AHDB is the major funder of applied agricultural and horticultural research

23 May 2019

Reducing sprays for strawberry powdery mildew, encouraging pollinators and sustainable control for pear sucker

24 May 2019

Watercress is tasty and full of nutrients, buy many people don’t eat it. Cue the #watercresschallenge

24 May 2019

Working with Seafish, we carried out the largest ever piece of research into fish and chips

24 May 2019

SCEPTREplus event for sweetcorn

24 May 2019

We are inviting you to a AHDB/BPOA poinsettia study tour to Germany and the Netherlands focusing on plant breeding, young plant propagation and general plant culture.

28 May 2019

Browse our archive of closed R&KE funding calls

28 May 2019

Integrated pest management strategy for asparagus beetle

29 May 2019

Your business plan is your compass. It will help you map out a new course, and navigate through possible unchartered territory.

29 May 2019

A good business plan is a must for any farm business: it provides a clear strategy and objectives, and helps everyone involved in the operation to stay productive and focused.

26 May 2019

Industry needs to adopt a fully integrated approach to managing pests, weeds and diseases, to support sustainable farming in the long-term, according to AHDB.

3 June 2019

Plan for the future to improve the resilience of your agricultural business

3 June 2019

Helping farmers and growers build resilience in the face of industry challenges

3 June 2019

Learn about our Remunerations and Nominations Committee

2 May 2018

We take a look at changing attitudes towards eating and what that means for the future

3 June 2019

The AHDB Nutrient Management Guide (RB209) offers best practice guidance on the application of mineral fertilisers, manures and slurries to crops and grassland.

3 June 2019

In this section you will find information on the nutrient content of organic materials such as manures, compost and digestate.

8 June 2018

Britain is the winner when it comes to meal choices at restaurants and pubs in the UK – but it risks scoring an own goal if the foodservice industry doesn’t shake-up its offerings

18 May 2018

Shoppers in the UK say they want to buy British food, but not at any cost - with research showing even a small rise in price could see a switch to buying imported alternatives

18 May 2018

Shoppers in the UK say they want to buy British food, but not at any cost - with research showing even a small rise in price could see a switch to buying imported alternatives

10 July 2018

Tractors have been a staple of the British countryside since the first world war but will we soon be seeing swarms of small robots running through fields, rather than our traditional machinery?

19 July 2018

Projects like Hands Free Hectare, that successfully planted, grew and harvested a crop of spring barley without anyone entering the field, have shown that the farms of the future could be run entirely by robots, not people.

3 August 2018

AHDB and BBRO have issued a joint call for a review of weed management in UK cropping systems

13 July 2018

Thirty students from AHDB’s £1.4 million PhD programme visited food and agricultural businesses to help boost collaboration and drive innovation from the lab to the industry

3 June 2019

The fundamental principles of crop nutrition and how to manage it

3 June 2019

Understand how agri-food trade could be affected once the UK leaves the EU, under both an agreed withdrawal and under a ‘no deal’ scenario.

3 June 2019

SCEPTREplus trials to find new weed control options

7 July 2017

The food-to-go industry is evolving and extending its scope. New ways of reaching consumers have been found and specific consumer needs are increasingly being met.

30 November 2017

What's driving inflation, and how might the food supply chain be affected?

30 April 2018

The over-65 age range increased their visits to pubs and restaurants last year

14 July 2016

Is free-from here to stay?

26 May 2017

Times are good for sales in the organic sector. A report published by the Soil Association reveals organics in their fifth year of growth and although share of total grocery sales is small, the sector is worth over £2 billion. What are the market conditions driving this growth?

20 June 2017

Sentiment for British food is high, but could Brexit impact shoppers' choices?

3 June 2019

John Swain, FEC Energy, looks at the benefits and drawbacks of vertical farming in horticulture

5 June 2019

Watercress featured in grand state banquet hosted by the Queen

6 June 2019

To help improve British soils, a system akin to traffic lights and an MOT is in development as part of an Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) research partnership.

7 June 2019

AHDB believes that thriving, sustainable, highly productive business for UK farmers and growers and their supply chain partners delivers a lower environmental impact and goes hand-in-hand with valuing and enhancing the natural environment.

7 June 2019

In this section you will find information on how to determine the nutrient requirements of vegetables and bulbs.

7 June 2019

In this section you will find information on how to determine the nutrient requirements of fruit, vines and hops

10 June 2019

The soil health scorecard brings together information about the chemical, physical and biological properties of soil.

11 June 2019

A Plum Demonstration Centre will now receive funding from AHDB to demonstrate ‘best practice’ and increase the use of new technology by tree-fruit growers.

11 June 2019

SCEPTREplus trials for new herbicide options for carrots

12 June 2019

Menus, which feature words like ‘recommended’ and ‘finest’ to describe dishes, will command a higher price, according to new research.

4 July 2019

Testing new blends of growing media for ornamental plant production

13 June 2019

Fungicide inputs for strawberries reduced by half compared to standard treatments

1 November 2019

Research and Knowledge Exchange: Funding applications

14 June 2019

Diamondback moths arrive in large numbers in the UK

17 June 2019

Voluntary schemes which establish production standards covering food safety, animal welfare and environmental protection

17 June 2019

The window for farmers and growers to apply for a heavily discounted training scheme, which can deliver significant savings to their business, close on Monday 24 June.

19 June 2019

Our soil health scorecard can reveal the state of the land. This article explains how.

20 June 2019

Join us at New Farm Produce to explore ongoing research into the development of responsibly sourced growing media and the optimisation of integrated pest management (IPM) of strawberry and cane fruit pests and diseases.

20 June 2019

A Scottish fruit grower will work with AHDB to highlight how horticultural growers can increase efficiency and reduce their reliance on labour.

20 June 2019

A Cambridgeshire based business is to lead the way in demonstrating labour saving techniques to help the horticulture industry offset the shortage of seasonal workers.

21 June 2019

Find out what the WET Centre has planned for soft fruit growers in 2019.

21 June 2019

An introduction to the WET Centre, a centre of excellence for water-efficiency techniques, for soft fruit growers.

21 June 2019

Demonstrating the Powdery Mildew Prediction Model

24 June 2019

Discover how DNA markers can be used to determine how management affects soil microbial diversity.

25 June 2019

This report summarises the chilling responses and requirements of four different Raspberry Breeding Consortium varieties: Glen Dee, Glen Carron, RBC16F6 and Glen Ample.

26 June 2019

An evolution is required in the agriculture industry’s attitude and actions towards skills and lifelong learning

26 June 2019

SmartHort and the Bedding and Pot Plant Centre are hosting a study tour to view automation and robotics in the Netherlands.

26 June 2019

Understand your current situation and think about where you want to be, and create a plan which gets you there

27 June 2019

Log onto this webinar to explore the benefits of developing your team, and see how to put this into practice using a Skills Matrix

27 June 2019

SCEPTREplus trials covering both pre- and post-emergence weed control in sweetcorn crops.

29 June 2019

A guide to selecting growing media that have physical and nutritional characteristics to match crop needs is vitally important to keep production to schedule and avoid downgrading and wastage.

4 July 2019

Pest, disease and weed control for herbaceous crops and a tour of Syngenta's research centre

5 July 2019

Tour of courgette demonstration plots. Providing variety and agronomy updates, soil health and sampling assessments and information on courgette nitrogen response studies. Networking opportunities with growers, agronomists and seed companies.

4 May 2018

Disruptive technologies have transformed the way we do business, the way we travel and how we access information and services

6 July 2018

Following a three-day study tour to The Netherlands in June 2018 to look at the latest developments in greenhouse technologies

11 July 2019

Studentship funding call opens for academic institutions

11 July 2019

Find reviews, special reports and annual reports

10 July 2019

Automation, robotics and precision growing - take a look at some of the trends from this year's GreenTech show

12 July 2019

It’s taken 20 years, but on 28 June 2019, the EU and Mercosur (Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay) agreed a trade deal between the two blocs.

12 July 2019

The encyclopaedia provides information on the identification, risk factors, life cycle, monitoring, control thresholds, non-chemical control and insecticide resistance (where known) of major and minor pests commonly associated with cropping systems.

15 July 2019

Our programme to help dairy farmers lower costs and increase efficiency by focusing on a block calving or an all year round calving system.

16 July 2019

Find out the top 9 activities that the WET Centre has planned for soft fruit growers in 2019.

17 July 2019

Explore the benefits of developing your team, and put this into practice using a Skills Matrix

17 July 2019

Discuss soil health techniques with growers and researchers

18 July 2019

AHDB’s series of Horizon reports has previously looked at some of the issues that will be critical in shaping the agri-food sector following Brexit.

17 July 2019

Phil Bicknell shares his thoughts on UK competitiveness and tapping into global opportunities

18 July 2019

Symptoms reported for the first time in a UK tomato crop

22 July 2019

Guidance to help farmers map clubroot pressures and identify management options, which include targeted treatment at problematic patches, has been updated.

8 April 2018

From 2 April 2018 all farmers in England will need to meet new government rules to protect water quality.

23 July 2019

SCEPTREplus is a four year programme of work funded by AHDB to £1.4 million with financial and in-kind support from agrochemical and biopesticide manufacturers.

23 July 2019

Meet the SCEPTREplus research team

24 July 2019

Explaining your business vision, mission and objectives

24 July 2019

Our water resources specialist has provided some advice to help businesses in areas affected by water use restrictions.

24 July 2019

How and why spray irrigation can be reduced or stopped under Section 57

24 July 2019

SCEPTREplus trial now underway covering both pre and post emergence weed control in celery. David Norman of Fresh Produce Consultancy will explain the work, highlight key outcomes to date and give visitors the opportunity to look at the plots themselves.

26 July 2019

Farmers helping farmers make positive changes

26 July 2019

The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board Order 2008 requires AHDB to raise levies relating to each sector.

30 July 2019

How can playing with Lego boost labour productivity in horticulture?

30 July 2019

SCEPTREplus: Following the withdrawal of herbicide linuron, growers attended an AHDB field trial to find alternative means to protect carrot crops against invasive weeds.

31 July 2019

PhD students from AHDB’s £1.4 million programme witnessed the power of applied science and agriculture in action on a recent visit to Scotland.

1 August 2019

Will big machines disappear from agriculture?

2 August 2019

A list of the permanent committees that we run

6 August 2019

Innovations in glasshouse climate control, new varieties, downy mildew and post-harvest treatments for cut flowers

6 August 2019

12 August 2019

View onion varieties, drilling density and herbicide trials at the Horticulture Strategic Centre for Field Vegetables

8 November 2019

Join the AHDB. Browse our latest vacancies, discover more about the organisation and find out how to apply for a role

12 August 2019

The Soil management Information System (SMIS) applies big data approaches to provide best practice guidelines for sustainable soil management. SMIS collates and integrates soil management data and is part of the GREATsoils program

13 August 2019

A third (33%) of teachers do not know where to go for information on food, farming and healthy eating practices, according to YouGov research commissioned by us.

13 August 2019

An exciting technological development in precision field vegetable production was demonstrated at Reading University’s Sonning Farm on 25th July. The new technology – eyeSpot – seeks to make a step-change in weed control for growers by both reducing herbicide usage by up to 95% and by working autonomously, eliminating the need for a sprayer operator.

14 August 2019

An update from the AHDB Horticulture Board, by Hayley Campbell-Gibbons

16 August 2019

Your business plan is your compass. It will help you map out a new course, and navigate through possible unchartered territory.

22 July 2019

The food-to-go sector is the fastest growing part of the eating-out market, but what are the opportunities for food operators to capitalise on the trend?

10 June 2019

Easter this year was a hot one, putting shoppers in a good mood for entertaining, but in a less traditional way.

16 August 2019

Join AHDB and ADAS for a practical session which will include training from an experienced advisor

16 August 2019

A good business plan is a must for any farm business: it provides a clear strategy and objectives, and helps everyone involved in the operation to stay productive and focused.

16 August 2019

Join AHDB and ADAS for a practical session which will include training from an experienced advisor

1 May 2019

But price is still a key barrier, highlighting the need to justify its price premium

16 August 2019

Your business plan is your compass. It will help you map out a new course, and navigate through possible unchartered territory.

30 April 2019

With rising food insecurity, an increasing amount of leftovers are hitting our stomachs, rather than hitting the bottom of the bin.

8 March 2019

Strategies are being put in place to minimise disruption

25 February 2019

The food delivery market has seen double digit growth in the last year as new players enter the market and expand the offering

11 December 2018

Food waste costs each household an average of £540 a year. Find out how the industry is responding.

19 June 2018

The organic market in the UK has been building momentum since 2015 and hit the £1 billion spend mark in the last 52 weeks.

14 March 2018

In an age of the time-poor consumer, fuelled by ready meals and hyper-convenience, there is still a strong urge for many to try cooking from scratch.

13 December 2017

What areas of the world do popular cuisines originate?

16 August 2019

The United States has some of the highest levels of food consumption in the world. We discover how their desire for low cost but high quality affect consumer demand and how premium British products could stand out in this highly competitive market.

16 August 2019

Japan's consumers are wealthy, highly urbanised and ageing. They seek convenient meals to fit around their busy lives and have a strong interest in health and wellbeing. We identify opportunities in Japan for exporters of British foods.

16 August 2019

Chinese consumers are becoming increasingly wealthy and their dietary patterns are changing. We take a look at how these changes are affecting demand for imported food and where the opportunities lie for exporters to China.

20 August 2019

Our course seeks to address a lack of leadership skills in farming and plug a productivity gap between the UK and other nations.

21 August 2019

Strategic Centres will showcase the latest ideas, science and technology to improve integrated pest management (IPM) strategies for field vegetables

27 August 2019

The UK undoubtedly has some of the most productive, dynamic and inspirational farming and growing businesses in the world.

28 August 2019

Biennial conference for the vining pea and bean industry

29 August 2019

SCEPTREplus trials covering both pre and post-planting weed control in celery crops

30 August 2019

Information on control, life cycles, monitoring and forecasting of key brassica pests

1 May 2019

New group to discuss challenges and priorities agreed at Mushroom Conference 2019

3 September 2019

Strategic SmartHort Centres with Haygrove

3 September 2019

Varieties, crop protection and new machinery

3 September 2019

A centre of excellence to develop new commercial water-saving techniques for precision irrigation and fertigation, for soft fruit growers.

3 September 2019

Explore Brexit technical notices relevant to you

4 September 2019

How do you produce quality products and meet your customer's needs?

4 September 2019

Funds of £250,000 available to tackle key pests and diseases threats for horticulture crops

4 September 2019

Find out about the latest research for tree fruit crops

4 September 2019

How garlic can help battle aphids, using light to grow sweeter apples and a new virus that threatens tomato crops

4 September 2019

AHDB to be knowledge exchange partner for new robotics centre at University of Lincoln

5 September 2019

New voices sought for our expert panels to help steer our work to ensure it continues to deliver value and impact for the industry.

5 September 2019

Robotics funding to transform horticulture, a computer model to improve biopesticides and a new plum demonstration centre

5 September 2019

Easy to use poster showing the most common pests and diseases of onions and leeks

6 September 2019

Angela Huckle and Joe Martin detail the findings of SCEPTREplus Alliums trials 2019

6 September 2019

For many years there has been a gradual move away from peat-based growing media as the benefits of adding other raw materials to peat to adjust and improve the blend have been recognised by the industry.

6 September 2019

Learn the things which set the highest-performing farms apart from the rest and improve your own farm performance

6 September 2019

Summary of the SCEPTREplus sweetcorn trials

9 September 2019

9 September 2019

An integrated approach to slug control using several different techniques is the most effective way to control slugs. This publication covers cereals, oilseeds, potatoes and horticulture.

9 September 2019

Growers are becoming increasingly interested in soil health and how it affects the success of their business. The information in this webinar will help growers to make changes to their soil

9 September 2019

Becky Howard, PGRO, explains why Bean seed fly is a key pest for several crops including vining peas.

9 September 2019

Becky Howard, PGRO, explains how the SCEPTREplus trials are looking at new control options for this key pest of vining peas

10 September 2019

Improving weed control in cucurbits (courgettes)

10 September 2019

Summary of the SCEPTREPlus Herbs and Salad trials

10 September 2019

Summary of the SCEPTREplus Alliums trials

10 September 2019

Summary of the SCEPTREplus Ornamental trials

10 September 2019

We look at some key indicators to gauge the UK’s economic performance, what this means for consumers and the outlook for the months ahead, especially given the backdrop of Brexit uncertainty.

10 September 2019

Summary of the SCEPTREplus tomato trials

11 September 2019

Staff appraisals provide an opportunity for a conversation between an employee and line manager to review and plan the employee's performance

10 September 2019

Holding regular appraisals can help you to ensure your employees have all the necessary training and materials they require, and gives you an opportunity to invest your time in them, one to one.

22 February 2019

Would you like to be at the cutting edge of improving labour efficiency in horticulture?

29 June 2018

AHDB is reminding farmers and growers to review their water usage and take steps to build resilience into their long-term supply, as temperatures hit record highs this week.

11 September 2019

Summary of the SCEPTREplus trials on legumes

11 September 2019

Aoife O'Driscoll provides an update on the SCEPTREPlus project investigating new and alternative products to control Septoria in celery.

11 September 2019

Andy Richardson provides an update on the SCEPTREplus trial looking at replacements for Rovral

11 September 2019

Kirsty Wright gives an update on the SCEPTREplus project investigating the efficacy of products to control root rot in lettuce in deep water hydroponic systems

11 September 2019

This soilborne disease affects oilseed rape, as well as all vegetable brassica species. Find out about the disease and how to manage it.

11 September 2019

11 September 2019

This web page hosts the latest guidance from the Weed Resistance Action Group (WRAG). The 'Download' button provides background. Scroll down for guidance.

11 September 2019

SCEPTREplus is designed to continue the work carried out in MOPS and SCEPTRE to bring further solutions for growers.

11 September 2019

Easy reference poster to identify symptoms from key pests and diseases of carrots and parsnips

11 September 2019

This guide provides useful facts, figures and tips for growers to better manage their energy use, which could lead to significant financial savings.

12 September 2019

12 September 2019

If you’re keen to develop your people management skills, improve your professional standing or are taking your first steps into management, we have courses for you.

13 September 2019

13 September 2019

This web page hosts the latest guidance from the Insecticide Resistance Action Group (IRAG). The 'Download' button provides background. Scroll down for guidance.

13 September 2019

13 September 2019

Tour of SRUC’s Woodlands Field Long-Term Experiments

27 August 2019

What should I be doing to win new shoppers?

18 September 2019

Strategic SmartHort Centre Workshops with Volmary

18 September 2019

Strategic SmartHort Centre - Thomas Thomson

20 September 2019

Practical demonstration sessions for irrigation and latest research updates on pansy mottle syndrome

20 September 2019

Managing Pansy mottle syndrome and latest developments in irrigation for bedding plants

20 September 2019

Demonstration of a leaf-specific applicator and other emerging weed control technologies

23 September 2019

Assess and manage the health of your soil

11 September 2019

Make the most of trends, AHDB research and data to understand the modern shopper

24 September 2019

Discover our rigorous approach to how we select our suppliers of goods and services

24 September 2019

How to sample your asparagus crops to better understand your soil

24 September 2019

Kantar, IGD and Future Thinking join AHDB to analyse opportunities coming from evolving consumer trends

25 September 2019

Assessing soil health using a scorecard approach

26 September 2019

An audience with the resilient farmer

26 September 2019

An audience with the resilient farmer

26 September 2019

An audience with the resilient farmer

26 September 2019

An audience with the resilient farmer

26 September 2019

An audience with the resilient farmer

26 September 2019

An audience with the resilient farmer

26 September 2019

An audience with the resilient farmer

27 September 2019

27 September 2019

An audience with the resilient farmer

27 September 2019

The 2019 AHDB PhD Studentships call is now open. Here are the answers to general enquiries

27 September 2019

A new Chair is being sought to head the AHDB when Sir Peter Kendall reaches the end of his term of office at the end of March next year.

30 September 2019

Becky Howard, PGRO, explains how the SCEPTREplus trials are looking at new control options for this key pest of vining peas

30 September 2019

Ruth D’urban-Jackson gives an update on the SCEPTREplus plum and ornamental trials exploring a range of plant protection products against rust.

30 September 2019

Strategy Director for Horticulture, Steve Tones, discusses the 2017-2020 strategy

1 October 2019

KE Contacts

2 October 2019

Apply to represent your sector on our panels

2 October 2019

New plum centre and mechanical weeder revealed to growers

3 October 2019

Applications open to help your development in commercial horticulture

4 October 2019

We're engaging young people across Britain with exciting projects, resources and facts

4 October 2019

If the UK leaves the EU in a ‘no-deal’ scenario, it will no longer be able to enjoy the benefits of trade agreements the EU has with other countries. In this article, we look at the progress that has been made in rolling over these deals and what it means for agri-food trade.

4 October 2019

Crop protection, chlorine dioxide use in hot water treatment, biofumigation and more

4 October 2019

An update on crop protection, chlorine dioxide use in hot water treatments, biofumigation and more

4 October 2019

Mechanical weeders, soil health, spotted wing drosophila and training systems

7 October 2019

Final research reports for SCEPTREplus

7 October 2019

An event for new and soon-to-qualified agronomists, introducing them to AHDB

7 October 2019

The key findings of SCEPTREplus trials for carrots and parsnips

7 October 2019

Extension of Authorisation for Minor Uses (EAMU) ensures growers have the essential crop protection products they need to remain competitive

7 October 2019

SCEPTREplus trials will work closely with other research trials being funded by AHDB and other industry research to ensure that the trials being undertaken are building on and sharing existing knowledge

7 October 2019

SCEPTREplus Disease

7 October 2019

The USA is planning to impose countermeasures of almost $7.5bn on a range of EU products, with dozens of products facing additional tariffs of 25% What does this mean for UK exports?

7 October 2019

The AHDB team took first place at this year’s Great Glen Challenge, which sees teams of four compete in individual events – mountain biking, running, walking and kayaking.

7 October 2019

The SCEPTREplus programme delivers applied research on high priority disease, pest and weed problems in fresh produce and ornamental crops in order to support approval of products and devise and develop IPM programmes

7 October 2019

Once more the Brexit deadline is looming and predicting the result seems more than a little foolhardy. However, I have been trying to imagine what Scottish agriculture will look like in five years’ time, possibly something just as challenging.

7 October 2019

EU and UK import tariff rates for poultry meat and derived products

7 October 2019

Blairgowrie-based grower Thomas Thomson was named as AHDB’s third Strategic SmartHort Centre earlier this year. Already the team has hosted their first workshop, acting as live case study for productivity improvements.

8 October 2019

Latest information on hygiene best practice for growers in the Lea Valley area

8 October 2019

What to consider when building a biological pest control programme for ornamental crops

8 October 2019

EU and UK import tariff rates for selected horticultural products

9 October 2019

An induction video for seasonal fruit workers, helping to get the best from your workforce. Also available in Polish, Romanian, Bulgarian, Ukranian, Latvian, Lithuanian and Russian.

11 October 2019

Farmers are being called to share their views to shape standards for apprenticeships which will develop the next generation of skilled workers.

14 October 2019

A new model has been developed to improve the management and control of strawberry powdery mildew and to predict periods when the crop is at risk of infection.

15 October 2019

Tomato brown rugose fruit virus will be focus of this years conference

15 October 2019

We explore how engaged consumers are with food production issues, which elements of the food system are most trusted, how demonstrating shared values can boost trust, where consumers get their information from and will look at potential barriers to trust in the future.

15 October 2019

15 October 2019

The autumn/winter 2019 edition of All About Scotland

15 October 2019

Vacancy: Chair of Livestock Information Limited, a subsidiary Company of Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board

15 October 2019

New EU measures coming into force 1 November 2019 to control tomato brown rugose fruit virus

15 October 2019

15 October 2019

Wearing gloves and changing them regularly could help risk reduce of spread of infection

16 October 2019

The ‘think soils’ manual is a practical guide to soil assessment. It aims to help farmers, land managers, government and non-government advisers to recognise problems with erosion and runoff from agricultural land. Our changing climate makes this issue increasingly important.

16 October 2019

The market for both carving and culinary pumpkins is increasing in the UK, but there has been little previous work to optimise field management and handling practices.

16 October 2019

The market for both decorative and culinary pumpkins is increasing in the UK, but there has been little previous work to optimise field management and handling practices

16 October 2019

Call now open for PhD Studentship projects in the agriculture and horticulture sector

16 October 2019

How to keep your water supply resilient during extreme weather

17 October 2019

Meet The AHDB Management team

17 October 2019

Labour, crop protection and new technology in horticulture will be focus of this year's conference

18 October 2019

No-deal Brexit summary for the cereals and oilseeds industry - advice on tariffs, useful tools and information

9 July 2018

A new online calculator has been launched this week which will allow farmers and growers to see for the first time how they may be affected by potential Brexit scenarios.

21 October 2019

No-deal Brexit summary for the horticulture industry - advice on tariffs, useful tools and information

22 October 2019

Finance; the future; science and technology and TV promotion. Just a snapshot of the topics for discussion at the 2019 Onion and Carrot Conference taking place in the historic city of Cambridge.

23 October 2019

An event for academics looking to learn more about AHDB

24 October 2019

See the results of the 2019 variety trials

24 October 2019

The event will introduce new agronomists to AHDB staff and services, as well as provide information on integrated pest management including: pest and disease management, monitoring and forecasting, soil health and crop nutrition.

24 October 2019

There are potentially turbulent times ahead for trade but industry must work together to ensure we are prepared for whatever the future holds.

14 October 2019

Flexitarians are on the rise but has veganism been over-stated? How has market saturation affected meat and dairy sales?

30 October 2019

A report to determine skills shortages and understand the future needs of the ornamentals industry

30 October 2019

Scottish Arable Farm of the Year finalists revealed

30 October 2019

Read our responses to various Government and Agency consultations on agricultural and horticultural issues

30 October 2019

Environmental issues are the main driver for change in the future of the UK ornamentals sector, and now a focus for the development of an industry skills strategy.

31 October 2019

Access presentations from the College Lecturers' Day 2019

1 November 2019

As the uncertainty surrounding Brexit continues, we attempt to clarify what the Prime Minister’s new deal is and what businesses should do now.

1 November 2019

Measure grass growth with a sward stick

4 November 2019

How to run more energy efficient irrigation systems

4 November 2019

A case study to improve soils in field tree and hedging production

4 November 2019

What are the main factors of Lean? A handy reference poster

5 November 2019

Help us shape AHDB-funded sweetcorn research

4 November 2019

Can you grow a crop of tomatoes without anyone entering the glasshouse?

7 November 2019

Farmbench

6 November 2019

These images show symptoms of tomato brown rugose fruit virus (TBRFV)

6 November 2019

Emerging new virus threat

8 November 2019

Our expert analysis of market activity in dairy, pork, beef, lamb, cereals, oilseeds and potatoes

8 November 2019

How do you ensure diversification is successful for your business - and not just a distraction?

8 November 2019

How to contact the AHDB

8 November 2019

Learn all about the AHDB

8 November 2019

Compare your full costs of production at both enterprise and whole-farm level

8 November 2019

Features and updates on our work and the horticulture and agriculture industries

8 November 2019

8 November 2019

Prepare for a no-deal Brexit with our step-by-steps guides and breakdown of the Government's technical advice

8 November 2019

8 November 2019

Learn how our exports, trade and consumer marketing teams ensure markets remain healthy for your products

8 November 2019

AHDB’s consumer insight team actively monitors consumer behaviour and researches the latest consumer trends

8 November 2019

Passionate, understanding and committed to the industry - this is why you should work for the AHDB

8 November 2019

8 November 2019

Evidence-based information and guidance to help you make positive changes for your farm or site

8 November 2019

We believe that a professional workforce is vital to improving business performance

8 November 2019

Your Brexit questions answered

8 November 2019

What will day one of a no-deal Brexit look like for your business?

8 November 2019

Carol is a raspberry and rhubarb grower in Yorkshire. She employs two full time staff and her business is reliant on casual labour.

8 November 2019

British Tomato Growers Association Technical Officer, Philip Morley, reveals the steps he and the tomato industry are taking in the event of a ‘no-deal’ Brexit

8 November 2019

Martin Emmett, a director of The Farplants Group, a cooperative of five ornamental businesses with a turn-over of around £20m, explains the measures they are taking to prepare for potential changes to the supply chain with a ‘no-deal’ Brexit.

8 November 2019

We know people can face a number of challenges in life. But they don’t have to be faced alone.

8 November 2019

AHDB Aphid News provides regional information on aphid species and numbers. Download the latest edition below.

11 November 2019

Genetic Improvement Networks (GINS) generate pre-breeding material that carries novel, profitable and sustainable traits.

11 November 2019

11 November 2019

11 November 2019

Join us at the next prime soft fruit event exploring a range of collaborative research projects for soft fruit growers, led and managed by scientists at NIAB EMR, the James Hutton Institute, ADAS and others.

11 November 2019

New poinsettia varieties, growth control programmes and water deficit irrigation

11 November 2019

Discover the factors that affect the flavour of herbs

11 November 2019

Calculate the financial effect of a proposed change to one aspect of your business

11 November 2019

Every business needs people, do you have an effective team?

11 November 2019

Trials for final year of crop protection research programme announced

11 November 2019

All the latest analysis on weather events and their effect on farming and growing

11 November 2019

Bio-insecticide given go-ahead for control of a range of pests following SCEPTREplus trials

11 November 2019

Emerging technologies and labour management practices for horticulture

11 November 2019

Explore our podcast collections for practical know-how and expert insights that aims to help you farm better. New episodes on Tuesdays and Fridays.