Growing high quality affordable food on a commercial scale is a specialist operation with growers having to ensure a continuity of supply for major retailers. The benefits in growing crops in a protected environment, permanent glasshouse structures or polythene tunnels, are that the conditions within the structure can be closely monitored and maintained.
The protected and enclosed environment is particularly suitable for the use of living biological control agents and pollinators and this has been widely exploited. It is vital that this significant investment is not lost through the use of non-selective insecticides and when directly applied FLiPPER® has an IOBC rating of 1 or 2 for the major beneficial insects and low impact on pollinators.
Fruiting vegetables is one of the largest commercial crop types worldwide, increasingly grown hydroponically out of soil, and under glass giving year-round production. These are vegetables that are produced from the flower rather than the root or shoot and include aubergine, tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers.