Waxflower is the most significant commercial native cut flower and Australia’s leading export cut flower. It is now in the top 20 flowers in terms of volume sold in Europe.
As with all machinery, pumping systems will decline in efficiency over time, either due to abnormal operating conditions, or through normal wear and tear. To keep the system functioning at peak efficiency it’s important to monitor pumping performance on a regular basis, but it … Continued
A lack of understanding of nitrogen nutrition and water relations was an impediment to reliable production which was a key element in the marketing strategy. The project was designed to address nitrogen and water relations under field conditions.
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.
What is a Tensiometer? A tensiometer is a soil moisture measurement tool that can assist growers with irrigation scheduling. It consists of a sealed tube filled with water, a porous ceramic tip and a vacuum gauge.
The 20% test — One way of simultaneously evaluating and fine-tuning a nutritional program is to compare the performance of plants receiving 20% or more and 20% less than the current fertiliser rate. The three treatments – current rate less … Continued
Western flower thrips (WFT) are probably the most important insect pests for the cut flower industry. They cause economic loss to chrysanthemum, gerbera, anthurium, dahlia, rose and other flower crops.It is widely recognised that the control of WFT is difficult … Continued
Part 1: Cultural control This is the first in a two-part series on the management of fungus gnats. This article will focus on their biology and the cultural practices which can be used to reduce their populations. Such strategies create … Continued
Most growers today are in some way affected by the availability, or lack of water. Many are starting to feel the pinch with water restrictions. In fact, in some areas, councils are removing water rights from grower’s altogether, effectively putting … Continued
As a consultant for rose and gerbera growers for 15 years, I was asked to conduct a symposium in February at Toowoomba. It became apparent that the easiest (and cheapest) way to improve the production in Australia was by controlling … Continued