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Week 23 (2019) Update

This week the  first assessments were undertaken on the Fusarium susceptibility trial.  Its too early to give any firm results yet but there are certainly some significant differences  showing up between the varieties.  The following photos show an overview of the trial as well as the worst and best plots as regards Fusarium infection. The […]

Week 22 (2019) Update

Trials undertaken by The Warwick Crop Centre have found that when applied to the peat block at sowing (with further follow up treatments) T34 which is a biopesticide containing Trichoderma asperellum, showed a significant degree of control of Fusarium oxysporum  in lettuce crops.  Trials undertaken at the CFC and STC five years ago on column […]

Week 21 (2019) Update

The second planting of the “Japanese” stock variety was made this week (see right hand photo) and as well as selected plants supplied by Globe Plants, we have also planted some unselected plants from Newey.  The planting made in week 19 has established  and is now starting to grow away well (see left hand photo). […]

Week 20 (2019) Update

The perennials  are growing well and the Astrantia has produced its first flush of flowers.  These are very impressive albeit a little short at the moment with a stem length of 35 to 40 cm.  However having taken advice from the breeder, we have been advised that as the plant bulk increases, the stem length […]

2019 OPEN DAY – Wednesday 17th July 2019

The 2019 Open Day will be held on the evening of Wednesday the 17th July.  This is earlier than previous years in order to allow the industry to view the column stock trials which will occupy 2 full tunnels this year.

Week 19 (2019) Update.

After the success of the small trials of “Japanese” varieties in 2018, the industry requested that the CFC do a larger trial in 2019 with 4 different planting dates and comparing them with “standard” varieties.  The first planting of the 2019 trial was made in week 19 and comprises a quarter of the tunnel.  Three […]

Week 18 (2019) The start of the new season…….

In week 18 we have planted the column stock variety trial in the Fusarium tunnel.  In order to prevent the issue that we had in 2018, the trial has been planted much earlier and we have used a white rather than black polythene mulch.  Most of the commercially grown varieties have been planted along with […]

Ornamental Conference on 26th February 2019

Improving the performance of biopesticides in the production of ornamental crops. With more and more conventional pesticides regularly being removed from our armoury, biopesticides will inevitably  play an increasingly important role in everyday crop protection in the future.  In order to help ornamental growers to better understand the use of biopesticides the AHDB has brought […]

Latest Factsheet on The Control Of Downy Mildew on Protected Column Stocks

Following on from the work that the CFC has undertaken with column stock growers relating to the issues with downy mildew in 2018 and the subsequent sensitivity trials at FERA, the CFC and AHDB have produced a detailed fact sheet giving information about the biology of the disease and how it can be managed by […]

Week 42 (2018) Update

The Bulrush lily herbicide trial was harvested and assessed this week.  There were clear differences between the treatments and the results will be reported in the annual report which will be available next year.