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Hutchinsons
Brassica
Demonstration
Site 2018
We welcome growers
back to our new Brassica
demonstration site for an
open day on October 9th.
After a very successful inaugural July
open day with a good turn-out of
vegetable growers from around the
region and some from across the
UK, Hutchinsons in conjunction with
Allium and Brassica Agronomy are
demonstrating for a second day at
our Old Leake Brassica site. The 9th
October is the date for your diaries
and this will also allow time to visit
other vegetable demo events taking
place in the region that same week.
We have some exciting areas to focus
on and this is critical with the everincreasing drive for efficiency and
productivity in vegetable production.
Back in July we discussed weed and
pest control programme options and
new possibilities, along with some
predictive technologies.
For the October 9th demonstration
we will review future disease control
strategies, how nutrition and
biostimulants play a role in plant health
and will be discussing how we support
sustainable soil health in vegetable
rotations. This is a particularly
challenging area in the fresh produce
growing sector, as multiple cropping
and the intensity of mechanisation can
cause significant soil issues.
Hutchinsons are working closely
with technologies, especially looking
at future decision support systems.
The development work ongoing with
FungiAlert to detect pathogens and
predict disease issues before they
appear in the crop is just one of those
projects. FungiAlert monitors have
been placed in the soils on site over
the last few months. Demonstrating
the output and beneficial decision
support of those monitors will be an
interesting topic.
Additionally, we will be supported
on the day by a range of industry
partners including Gowan, BASF,
Bayer, Syngenta, Interagro and
Biorevolution, along with our service
partners Allium and Brassica
Agronomy, Omnia and Healthy Soils.
The agricultural industry will transition
through significant change in the next
ten years, not least driven by technology,
politics, regulation and resistance - all
of which affect profitability, but we
need to remain focussed on increasing
productivity and adding value.
We all have a thirst for knowledge and
innovation for everyone’s benefit, so it
is a very exciting time of change.
Please come along for some
interesting and beneficial
discussion on the 9th October.
See our website for more
details of this and other
forthcoming events.

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