Learning from the best – Article #2 in ‘Energy use efficiency’

Learning from the best – Article #2 in ‘Energy use efficiency’

As noted in our initial article “Are you energy efficient”? (March 2012), managing energy use is the first step in the Journey of Energy Excellence for Greenhouses program. The type of crop, weather conditions, equipment purchased and equipment operation impacts … Continued
Efficiency project powers ahead

Efficiency project powers ahead

The Queensland cut flower and foliage industry’s Winning with Water project is part of the Rural Water Use Efficiency – Irrigation Futures (RWUE-IF) initiative, designed to help irrigators make better use of their on-farm water supplies through efficient irrigation system … Continued
Five Misconceptions about Growing

Five Misconceptions about Growing

Addresses misconceptions involving mixes and substrates, misconceptions regarding the efficacy of chemicals, misconceptions about watering practices, misconceptions about controlled release fertilisers (CRFs) and, last but not least, misconceptions about water pH and its effect on soil pH.
Case Study -Improving irrigation efficiency for in-ground flowers: Tropical Blooms

Case Study -Improving irrigation efficiency for in-ground flowers: Tropical Blooms

The first step in the assessment process was to determine the efficiency of the pump. This was  achieved by conducting a pump assessment where operating pressure, flow rates and electricity consumption were measured. During this assessment, recirculation cavitation noise was  apparent, and from the … Continued
Simple steps to an efficient irrigation system

Simple steps to an efficient irrigation system

The delivery of water to the plants is a key aspect of cut flower production. The amount, quality and application of irrigation should be suitable for each particular crop and situation. Getting the water right could make the difference between … Continued
Improving irrigation efficiency for in-ground flowers: Tropical Blooms

Improving irrigation efficiency for in-ground flowers: Tropical Blooms

Tropical Blooms is a North Queensland business growing tropical cut flowers and foliage products for sale to wholesale markets, local florists and direct via the internet. An assessment of the farm’s Irrigation system and its efficiency was carried out via the … Continued
Biosecurity Plan for the Cut Flower Industry

Biosecurity Plan for the Cut Flower Industry

This plan is principally designed for decision makers. It provides the cut flower industry and governments with a mechanism to identify exotic plant pests, as well as to address the strengths and weaknesses in relation to the industry’s current biosecurity … Continued
Optimising light in horticultural production systems

Optimising light in horticultural production systems

Light is the driving force of plant photosynthesis. The efficiency of photosynthesis is crucial for optimum crop production in horticulture and other agricultural production systems. As a grower it is essential to understand the key role and characteristics of light … Continued