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June 2019

The Asparagus Growers Association Biennial Conference

By Industry News

The Asparagus Growers Association Biennial Conference  :  16 July 2019

Following the success of the Asparagus Biennial Conference in 2017, the Asparagus Growers Association is organising an even bigger event on Tuesday 16 July 2019.

The Conference and Exhibition is being held at the world renown National Agri-Food Innovation Campus (NAFIC), Sand Hutton, York, which is a well-established conference and exhibition venue.

The Conference Dinner will be held on the evening of Monday 15 July 2019 at Sandburn Hall, Flaxton, York.

We are pleased to announce Chris Rose from Chris Rose Associates will be presenting “Harvesting Practises for Asparagus” and will be followed by various experts in the asparagus field.

Dr Andrew Swift, Director of Science Services and Capita and CEO of Fera Ltd is the after-dinner speaker following a drinks reception and dinner.

For further information and registration please visit the website: www.asparagusconference.co.uk, alternatively, please do not hesitate to contact Debbie Stacey at BGA House, Nottingham Road, Louth, Lincolnshire, LN11 0WB, telephone  01507 353 789,  email admin@british.growers.org

Fundraising is Getting Dirty!

By Company News

The British Growers team will become the Mud Warriors when they take part in the Hull Pretty Mudder on July 6th. They will be raising money for Cancer Research UK, a cause which is so important to all of us. The team will battle the 5k obstacle course dressed in their finest pink apparel and ready for action as they scramble, climb and clamber over mud pits, mud slides and mud tunnels.

Cancer is happening right now, which is why the team is taking part in a Race for Life Pretty Muddy: to raise money and save lives.

1 in 2 people will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. Every single pound you donate makes a difference to Cancer Research UK’s ground-breaking work, so please sponsor now.

It would be brilliant if you would like to support the team by giving generously to Cancer Research. To donate please visit the fundraising page.

All the pictures of the Mud Warriors, however embarrassing, will be shared after the race.

On the evening of Friday 5 July whilst you are stepping into your pj’s or having another Gin Pauline will be taking part in The Ben Nevis Midnight Challenge for the Alzheimer’s Society and trekking through the night to the summit of Ben Nevis in Scotland.

“Why? In memory of Peter Roy Nicholson, my father… builder, businessman, wise owl, hero, best mate, confidante, I was truly blessed to have had him as my Dad. Having enjoyed the best of health during his life, he was struck down with Alzheimer’s. I watched someone I love slip away with this devastatingly cruel illness knowing there was no cure. Anyone’s family who has been touched by Alzheimer’s knows only too well that the torture your loved one suffers and the effect it has on the family as they witness this horrendous illness; It is heart breaking.”

Taking part in The Ben Nevis Challenge will help raise funds towards vital research for a cure of this terrible illness and support for those suffering. Donations of support will be very much appreciated, visit Pauline’s page.

Three Months Rain in a Single Week – Devastates Lincolnshire Crops Ready for Harvest

By Industry News

A month of rain fell on brassica crops in Lincolnshire in a single day last week; growers across the key production areas are assessing the damage and the impact on consumers.

A spokesman for the Brassica Growers Association said “in a normal year we would expect around 50 mm of rain for entire month of June. Last week, crops waiting to be harvested were deluged with up to 80 mm of rain in a single day. Some farms recorded the equivalent of 3 months in a week. This has turned fields into quagmires, creating nightmare conditions for the harvest teams. Staff struggled through mud, up to a foot deep, to harvest crops and fulfil orders”.

“Growers are used to dealing with the weather, but the conditions last week were well outside what we are used to” explained the Association spokesman.

More rain is forecast this week and while the immediate risk of flooding has reduced, the fields will remain totally waterlogged long after the rain has stopped and harvesting crops will continue to be a real challenge.

Harvesting is not the only activity to be affected; we are now at a critical stage for planting crops for harvest in winter and spring 2020 and the impact of the recent rains could have knock on effect on future availability.

The spokesman said that growers are working closely with customers to keep them informed about the situation and what they can expect by way of supplies. Lincolnshire produces about 30% of all field scale veg grown in the UK and was hardest hit by the ‘freak’ weather conditions.

2019 is in marked contrast to 2018 when all the talk was of drought and lack of rain. “There is no doubt” said the spokesman “that we are seeing much more volatile weather patterns in recent years, which all adds to the demands of growing high quality produce.”

 

For more information please contact Jack Ward on 07799 757778 or via email at jack.ward@britishgrowers.org.