TC & N Taylor: New crop 2018 – Organic Onions.

6 Apr 2018

Variety Highlander: Slightly flat, globe-shaped bulbs are lighter in color than most long day varieties, but the bulbs are very firm with thin necks. Since it is an extra-early maturing variety, it can be planted in all the intermediate day areas, as well as the long day areas. It will store up to five months. With its tight, thin neck it is easy to cure. Highlander is less susceptible to botrytis and downy mildew, the two most common diseases in...

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TC & N Taylor: Hosting major organic potato variety trial 2018.

4 Apr 2018

Demand for organic potatoes is increasing again, and with it a need to identify better varieties – those that perform better in the field and those that perform the very best on the plate. This year TC & N Taylor has agreed to host an organic potato variety trial in conjunction with the trials team at Produce Solutions. The trial will consist of Lady Balfour and Sorrento as standard varieties comparing them against a number of ‘up and coming’ new varieties. Produce Solutions provides technical advice and support for potato and fresh produce growers and businesses, and includes an integrated trials team. Being a member of the Produce Investments group, it benefits from extensive knowledge and experience in all aspects of potato and...

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TC & N Taylor: New crop for the 2018/19 season.

4 Apr 2018

“Chamomile tea – part of our integrated biodiversity plan.” Many people swear by chamomile tea to calm their nerves. This cheery herb can be extremely useful as part of an organic integrated biodiversity plan. Chamomile tea is a popular herbal drink made from the flowers of this fully hardy perennial. The feathery green leaves are highly fragrant when touched or crushed, and in small amounts can be finely chopped to flavor cream sauces. By companion planting with chamomile, its natural anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties can help plants prone to fungus, mildew, mold, blight and other common plant ailments. Annuals susceptible to fungal problems, such as zinnias, petunias, snapdragons and verbena, as well as blight...

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TC & N Taylor: New supply contract in place for 2018/19.

4 Apr 2018

“From one man and a wheelbarrow to an award-winning organic delivery company.” The Riverford box scheme began when Guy Watson started delivering vegetables locally to 30 friends in Devon. It now delivers around 47,000 boxes a week to homes around the UK. TC & N Taylor has been supplying Riverford with organic produce for a number of years. This coming season we have a supply contract agreement in place and we look forward to developing the relationship further over the coming years....

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The challenges of 2017: Potato blight.

24 Mar 2018

Late potato blight (Phytophthora infestans) proved to be a major issue for us last season – resulting in significant yield loss. Late blight is one of the biggest challenges facing potato growers in general, for organic growers it’s a massive problem. Blight pressure during the 2017 season was particularly high; in addition, almost all the UK outbreaks of the strain EU37 were in the West Midlands. This strain of blight is particularly virulent and out-competes all of the other strains. As an organic grower the only way of controlling potato blight is to use a product called Cuprokylt. During the 2017 season an emergency authorization was granted. However, this emergency authorization can only be made twice, so 2018 will be the last...

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TC & N Taylor appears alongside Prime Minister Theresa May (2017).

21 Sep 2017

TC & N Taylor appears alongside Prime Minister Theresa May in The 2016/17 Parliamentary Review. Established by former minister The Rt Hon David Curry in 2010, The Parliamentary Review’s September release is now a key fixture in the political calendar. TC & N Taylor features alongside the Prime Minister and a small number of outstanding organisations in a document that looks back on the year in industry and Westminster. The main aim of the Review is to showcase best practice as a learning tool to the public and private sector. Across all policy areas, The Parliamentary Review is sent to over half a million leading policymakers. The articles in the Review act as both a blueprint for success and a template for reform. The Prime...

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New Three Bed Carrot/Parsnip Drill – June 2017.

25 Jun 2017

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New Three Bed Burner – June 2017.

25 Jun 2017

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New Three Bed ‘garford’ hoe in action May 2017.

24 May 2017

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Expanding organic carrot and potato markets.

20 May 2017

Organic growth during 2015/16 was 5%, on average. Growth for 2017 and 2018 is predicted to be nearer 10%. As a result TC & N Taylor put into conversation 200 hectares of ground in 2015/16; a further 200 hectares is planned for 2017/18. This will allow us to grow 200 hectares of potatoes and 200 hectares of carrots on a sustainable rotation to supply the market long term. European exports are becoming increasingly important in a balanced sales programme.

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Biological control of aphids.

20 May 2017

Biological aphid control has been introduced onto the farm following successful trials in 2016. As part of a fully integrated pesticide policy beneficial insects have been encouraged for many years – by the planting of floristically enhanced margins, and last year a full release program of lacewings, parasitic wasps and ladybirds was carried out to predate on the Carrot Willow Aphid. The numbers were controlled so effectively that the plan has now been adopted into our intergrated management approach. 15,000 lacewings are introduced during April, along with 3000 parsitic wasps. Then in May 1,500 ladybirds are released so they can lay their eggs and the larvae will then feed ‘frantically’ on the aphids during late June....

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Growing carrots organically, Nick Taylor.

21 Sep 2016

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Taylor Organic Farms features in Organic Unboxed clip

21 Sep 2016

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All harvesting operations moving to self-propelled tracked harvesters

2 Mar 2015

As part of our drive to manage our soils well, combined with our increasing responsibility to our major customers to deliver in all weathers, we have undertaken a complete move to all harvesting being achieved through tracked, self-propelled machines. 2014 saw the delivery of a Grimme Varitron 220. The benefits of this have been so impressive, it has convinced us to move carrot operations the same way. 2016 saw the introduction of a self propelled Asa carrot harvester, which has revolutionised how harvest our crop in the winter months. 2016 also saw all heavy tillage and cultivation work being done with a Cat Challenger. These moves have furthermore improved the soil structure of our land base.

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Nick Taylor attended an event hosted at London’s Good Housekeeping Institute by Organic UK

30 Apr 2013

Nick Taylor attended an event hosted at London’s Good Housekeeping Institute by Organic UK. Nick was representing Produce World at the event, trying to facilitate more open discussion and understanding over the benefits of Organic foods Nick Taylor with Monica Galetti, brand ambassador for Organic UK’s ‘Organic. Naturally Different’...

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Red Tractor Farm Assurance

6390

The Farm Business Food and Farming Industry Awards Winner 2010
Parliamentary Review - Best Practice Representative
Assured Produce Growing Partner

6390

Organic Soil Association Certified

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