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
pH Correction

pH Correction

To correct pH either acid (pH lower) or alkali (pH raise) is added to the nutrient solution. The acid or alkali should be diluted before addition to the solution to prevent a localised chemical reaction from occurring as it enters … Continued
Improving irrigation efficiency for in-ground flowers: Village Roses

Improving irrigation efficiency for in-ground flowers: Village Roses

Case study from irrigation assessment and improvements at Village Roses, North Queensland. Key messages: • Irrigation pump energy efficiency was improved by 22% • Irrigation energy use per megalitre was decreased by 28% • Irrigation costs were reduced by 27%, or $222/annum … Continued
Beyond Plastic options for the cut flower and foliage industry

Beyond Plastic options for the cut flower and foliage industry

Ever since its discovery, plastic has become an integrated part of human life. In conjunction with the Flower Association of Queensland, an investigation has been conducted into the potential to reduce the amount of plastic used in the cut flower … Continued
Greenhouse Management – Energy audits

Greenhouse Management – Energy audits

Audits were conducted with the intention of determining what energy conserving measures a grower had in place and what the payback would be for new or improved measures. The USDA grant programs are designed to help growers reduce energy use and to reduce … 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
High and low tech water solutions

High and low tech water solutions

Water resources are diminishing in many areas of the world and therefore water is becoming a growing concern. Researched globally, greenhouses now offer new economical water possibilities for crop production. The expanding flower business in new areas comes with great … Continued
Preventive & Routine Maintenance Guide – Drip Systems

Preventive & Routine Maintenance Guide – Drip Systems

The implementation of a simple yet strict routine maintenance program for Drip-Irrigation systems will: Keep the system running at peak performance. Increasing the system’s life expectancy. The following chapters will guide you in determining the correct procedure and implementation. The … Continued
Grower Guide to Plant Based Sensing for Irrigation Scheduling

Grower Guide to Plant Based Sensing for Irrigation Scheduling

A collation of plant based sensor information to assist farmers and industry advisers to make more informed decisions in relation to the choice and use of plant based sensing technology for irrigation scheduling.