Want to use less power to pump your water?

Want to use less power to pump your water?

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
Nitrogen and Water Relations in Boronia

Nitrogen and Water Relations in Boronia

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.
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.
Irrigation Management using Tensiometers

Irrigation Management using Tensiometers

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.
Checking an existing fertiliser program

Checking an existing fertiliser program

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
Research update: Biological control of western flower thrips

Research update: Biological control of western flower thrips

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
Managing fungus gnats in cut flower crops – Part 1

Managing fungus gnats in cut flower crops – Part 1

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
UV systems make recycled water safe

UV systems make recycled water safe

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
The influence of pH and EC

The influence of pH and EC

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