Sectors - Fresh Produce
Farmers Weekly
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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Consistency on the market floor

There’s a truism among market agents: ‘Product is power’. The more product and variety you have on your floor, the more buyers you can attract and the better you can do for your producers.
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Sporadic, yet serious, cabbage pests

Several cabbage pests may be sporadic or seasonal. One of these is thrips.
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Why all this wastage?

According to a 7 November Farmer’s Weekly news item, we throw away roughly one-third of all the food produced on the planet – about three billion tons – annually.
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Dealing with aphids on brassicas

Aphids are a problem in two ways. Firstly, they cause physical damage when feeding on the crop.
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Defeating the cabbage moth – biologically

Nearly everyone who has ever grown brassicas has had a problem with the diamondback moth (Plutella xylostella). Small wonder it is also called the ‘cabbage moth’.
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