October 2010 PDF - Alfred G Pearce
October 2010 PDF - Alfred G Pearce
News October 2010 issue AP g Alfred G. Pearce Limited Alfred G Pearce are Producers and Processors of Conventional and Organic, Fresh and Frozen Vegetables. Importers - Exporters. AGP crop update Swede crop With the new season in full swing, intake quality has been very good overall from the South West. There has been a low percentage with some rot internally, but generally the season has started well, although the size of the swede is smaller than seen in previous years at this time. Lucy will be visiting our growers over the next fortnight to assess quality. Parsnip crop Florida Carrot sample Carrot crop Currently lifting carrots at Elveden Estates in Norfolk. The quality of early carrots has been very good. The effects of the prolonged drought that crops have experienced during this growing season are now starting to show in some varieties, with a low percentage of splits being seen in the ‘Florida’ variety. Splitting mostly as a result of the high level of rainfall over the past month. The only variety showing signs of cavity spot is ‘Caradec’ , but the levels are still very low at 4-5% of crop affected. Lucy will continue to visit Elveden weekly to sample ﬁelds and assess quality. Chantenay Carrot quality is good, with good crown size and high and consistent plant populations. Length is variable, due to the dry spell between ﬁelds but not a problem moving forward. A small sample of cavity spot has been detected but little that will cause any quality issue. Currently lifting parsnips in Norfolk. Now into main crop parsnip, the later drilled crop is still trying to bulk up after the dry summer, but overall quality is good. Continues on page 2 ➜ AGP News October 2010 Visit 1: Hobsons Farm Visits On Wednesday 22nd September, Michelle Bailey, Julia Wheldon and Peter Gresty joined Katy Negus and Lucy Wagstaffe on a visit to our Yorkshire grower Roger Hobson, with the aim to assess ﬁelds to be strawed. Crop quality was excellent and certain crop evidently bold. Brix testing was carried out on each dig with a variance of 6.5 to 9.4 (all Nairobi variety). Roger will organise 18 people to sample all ﬁelds w/c 4th October to ﬁnalise ﬁelds to be strawed. A repeat visit by Bakkavor and AG Pearce will take place 1st December to view strawed ﬁelds and assess quality. to Elveden Estates to repeat the process will be made 18th November. Visit 3: Bejo Variety Trials, Holland A visit to Bejo variety trials took place on Thursday 30th September at Bejo, Holland. Michelle Bailey, Adam Tindall, Julia Wheldon joined Simon Pearce and Katy Negus to view over 100 different varieties of carrots. Decisions were made regarding future variety options. Visit 2: Elveden Estates A further visit was made with Bakkavor to Elveden Estates where our trial variety ﬁeld was dug and sampled and ﬁelds assessed for possible ridging. With immature crop, taste was still fairly poor on most new varieties. Nairobi and Florida far exceeded all other varieties for sweetness. A further visit New Launches and Promotion 18th September 2010, Tilmanstone Salads: 12mm Diced Carrot for M&S Country Vegetable Carrot & Coriander Soup and 15x15x40mm Swede Batons for M&S Traditional Root Roasting Vegetable Pack. M&S Dine in Promotions scheduled for wks 43,45,47,49 and 51. Brix, PH and Test Tasting Routine daily testing taking place. Results to follow in next months edition. AG Pearce New Team Member Lucy Wagstaffe joins the team at Alfred G Pearce having spent two years within the fresh produce industry following her graduation from University. Her initial role will be to support our existing growing and supply chain, in terms of raising awareness to customers on agronomy, variety selection and monitoring our overall crop quality. Forthcoming Events... BCGA/Elsoms Carrot Trials Notts: 7th October 2010 Monthly Meeting at Tilmanstone: 26th October 2010 Elveden Estates Variety Digs: 18th November 2010 Hobson Field Digs & assessment of strawing: 1st December 2010 Quality Management System Field to Fork Alfred G Pearce Ltd, Garage Lane Industrial Estate, Setchey, King’s Lynn, Norfolk PE33 0BE. Tel: +44 (0)1553 810456 Fax: +44 (0)1553 811464 www.alfredgpearce.co.uk.