Sectors - Fresh Produce
Politicians and the markets

We have to face facts: politics plays a disproportionate role in fresh produce markets. I use the word ‘disproportionate’ because what politics contributes in perceived benefits is far outweighed by the very real disasters it brings to markets. (I’m happy to supply examples on request.)
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Combating clubroot in cabbage

Clubroot is an extremely serious disease; if it gets into your lands, it can destroy the entire crop.
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Price discovery at the markets

Many small-scale and other farmers seem to believe the only way to sell their fruit or vegetables is directly to a supermarket or wholesale buyer.
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Get to understand Sclerotinia

In my initial 12 years of cabbage farming I never came across Sclerotinia. I had encountered it in beans before, but never cabbage.
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Insight into the fresh produce sector

Occasionally I deviate from the norm and try to give readers some insight into the wider world of fresh produce.
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Preventing blackleg in cabbage

Blackleg is a fungal disease that can be highly destructive. Fortunately, although there are no resistant varieties, it can be managed or prevented if you know how it spreads.
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Fresh produce sector - looking forward

We’re into 2015. Time to haul out my crystal ball, give it a good shine and peer deep inside to see what lies in store for the year ahead.
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Cabbage disease: black rot

Black rot (Xanthomonas campestris) is the most important cabbage disease. Thriving in warm, wet conditions, it is most active at 25°C to 30°C and therefore more of a problem in late summer.
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Work with market agents for best results

Some farmers think they can achieve good results only by sending their fruit or vegetables to one of the big markets.
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More sporadic cabbage pests

Before we start on cabbage diseases, there are still a few sporadic pests that we should look at. One is the cabbage webworm (Hellula undalis).
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