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    Ed

    UK growers may have heard of Next Generation Growing (NGG), but could be forgiven for not really knowing what it is. In essence, it refers to a set of growing techniques, developed in the Netherlands over the last decade or so, with the aim of empowering the plant – i. More
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    Ed

    A Dutch grower, Lans Zeeland, has recently become the first to grow tomatoes in a large greenhouse under a full-LED setup, where growers have previously used HPS lamps or hybrid setups. Although the LED units look similar to SON-T lamps, rather than the red/blue installations often used in trials, it behaves differently from a conventional lamp. More
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    Ed

    Rarely a week goes by when Elon Musk, of Tesla and SpaceX fame, is not featured in the news. Many will be aware of his desire to colonise Mars, and no one can deny his commitment to developing rockets that may one day take us there. Before anyone ever sets foot on the Red Planet, however, numerous supply ships will have had to deposit the essential equipment to support life. More
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    Ed

     A Belgian strawberry grower, Welroy Fruit, has been able to produce the Sonata strawberry variety earlier than many competitors, due in part to the use of LED lighting. More
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    Jon

    It was a close run thing… heavy snowfall on Sunday night in the Midlands nearly prevented the delivery of the latest GrowSave* event in St Andrews, Scotland. Fortunately, however, the roads cleared in time and all the speakers made it for Tuesday’s event. More
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    Jon

    The end of December marks the half-way point of your CCL “Target Period 3”. We will be opening our online CCL data return on 01 January 2018 to allow operators the chance to submit 2017 energy and production data. Reporting in January 2018 isn’t compulsory, however, we encourage you to complete a data return for the following reasons: More
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    Ed

    On 7 November, we kicked off an exciting, new study group project, focussing on Next Generation Growing (NGG). The pilot programme aims to take NGG principles and techniques, which have been established in the Netherlands, and help a select group of UK growers implement them at their nurseries. More
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    Jon

    Two new grant funds were launched yesterday from the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE), seeking to help support agricultural and rural business under the Countryside Productivity scheme. More
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    Ed

    On 20 September, around 40 delegates joined us for an afternoon of presentations on the topic of energy storage. The event was organised by GrowSave, a knowledge sharing project, delivered by FEC Energy on behalf of AHDB Horticulture. Delegates heard how energy storage methods could benefit them, both financially and in terms of their energy supply. More
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    Chris

    Ten years ago, and just like today, energy saving was vitally important for successful greenhouse businesses. However, in addition to the problem of volatile and increasing energy costs, growers were starting to face new challenges, such as energy saving legislation and consumers who want produce grown with a low environmental impact. More

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