The basics of pesticide resistance (extract)

The basics of pesticide resistance (extract)

Professor Raymond Cloyd is a research and extension specialist based at Kansas State University, working in the areas of integrated pest management, plant protection, horticultural cropping systems, pesticides and insect-plant interactions. We present an extract from a paper by Professor … Continued
Conducting Irrigation System Evaluations

Conducting Irrigation System Evaluations

Any irrigation system, regardless of what type of system it is or how old it is, has the potential to slowly eat into your profits. One key reason is pumps that are not matched to the application system or to … Continued
Interpretation of Water Analysis for Irrigation

Interpretation of Water Analysis for Irrigation

Electrical Conductivity (EC) Electrical conductivity (EC) is a measure of the ability of a substance to conduct electricity. Pure water strongly re-sists the passage of an electric current. However, when salts are dissolved in water they improve its conductivity, so … Continued
Rose Care for Australian Conditions

Rose Care for Australian Conditions

Substrate Roses can be grown in all kinds of substrates. However it is important to take into account the water capacity, Aera-tion and stability of the structure of the substrate. The structure of organic substrates always changes during growth due … Continued
Artificial lighting: a change is coming

Artificial lighting: a change is coming

Phase-out of incandescent bulbs The Australian Government has announced that it will completely eliminate the use of incandescent bulbs over the next five years as part of new emissions laws to reduce Australia’s carbon footprint. If you currently use incandescent … Continued
Cool room efficiency saves energy and money

Cool room efficiency saves energy and money

The cool room is an essential asset in the handling and storage of cut flower and foliage products on the farm. Consistent temperature and humidity management is critical to maximise product quality, from the moment of harvest right through until … Continued
The physical properties of growing media used in the flower industry

The physical properties of growing media used in the flower industry

The most common hydroponic system used in the Queensland cut flower industry is drip feed media-based culture. This method uses more growing media than any other hydroponic system, so it is important to understand the properties of the media and … Continued
Solar energy as an alternate power source in cut flower production

Solar energy as an alternate power source in cut flower production

Those involved in the flower industry understand that flower production can have high electricity requirements due to a number of devices including irrigation equipment, greenhouse climate control and refrigeration. The table below provides an estimate of the power required for … Continued
Irrigation system evaluations can save you money

Irrigation system evaluations can save you money

The pumps used for irrigation systems on flower farms are powered either by electric or diesel motors and often run for long periods of time. The motor supplying power to the shaft of the pump must match the pump requirements … Continued
Nutrient management in fertigation

Nutrient management in fertigation

What is fertigation? Fertigation is the use of an irrigation system to deliver fertilisers and can be an efficient and effective way to supply nutrients to a flower or foliage crop. A significant benefit of fertigation is that it can … Continued