Tuesday, 6 October 2020
With a wealth of resources at your finger tips, our experienced team of Knowledge Exchange Managers have selected their top resources to help you this autumn.
Thrips poster - knowing and recognising thrips in your crops
It’s important to know which thrips species are present in crops, to take into account different levels of pesticide resistance, levels of crop susceptibility and damage, potential for virus transmission etc. New thrips species are being identified in horticultural crops in the UK on a fairly regular basis and its worth having a plan in place to monitor for them, and correct identification is a key element of this.
Establishing a resilient water supply
In the south of the country 2020 was another dry year in general and each year it is becoming more important to have a water supply which meets the needs of crops at times of peak demand. This factsheet highlights the key points for consideration to enhance the resilience of any water supply.
Optimising and monitoring plant nutrition in poinsettia crops
It’s important to provide optimum nutrition for poinsettia crops to keep plants at their best, especially during bract initiation. This factsheet presents information on feeding regimes for crops.
Vine weevil control in hardy nursery stock and report, HNS 195
Vine weevil is the most serious pest of container-grown HNS and with the loss of suitable insecticides for incorporation into growing media for control of larvae an IPM approach is now required. Plans should now be formulated for monitoring and control through the autumn and into 2021.
For all your ornamental questions, contact Wayne Brough
Outdoor cucurbit storage review
With Halloween upon us, will your pumpkins make it to market? If your pumpkins are ready for harvest, have a read through this outdoor cucurbits storage review to see how best to store them. The review contains practical tips and information on pumpkin storage.
For more information about the above resources, contact Grace Choto
Apple Best Practice Guide
The Apple Best Practice Guide is a particularly useful resource at this time of year, supporting you with:
Apple store monitoring – With most apple crops now picked, loaded into store and running conditions established, you may wish to review the way you monitor the running of the store and the condition of the fruit.
Maintaining flavour in stored fruits – Over the coming weeks and months, as you prepare to open stores to grade and pack apples, you may wish to consider the best ways to maintain flavour in your fruit.
Monitoring for winter moth adults – Adult winter moths start to emerge at this time of year and there are ways to monitor for these to assess whether you are likely to expect high populations of caterpillars next spring.
Considering novel approaches to IPM
AHDB recently funded project TF 223 which has provided new guidance and information on IPM methods for controlling pests and diseases in apples, pears, plums and cherries.
Managing vine weevils in soft fruit
Vine weevil larvae are active at this time of year feeding on the roots of soft fruit crops both in soil and bag-grown crops. Helpful guidance on the biology and control of vine weevils is found in Factsheet 09/18 ‘Vine weevil control in soft fruit crops’.
Managing conductivity in bag-grown strawberry
With many autumn strawberry crops having been planted and established in the past few weeks, you may wish to review the way you monitor and manage bag conductivity.