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
Drip Irrigation – Chlorination and Acid Injection

Drip Irrigation – Chlorination and Acid Injection

Chlorination Chlorination must be used routinely to kill algae and loosen bonded organic matter within an irrigation system. Liquid sodium hydrochloride is the recommended chlorine source and it is injected into the system during regular operation, usually using the fertigation … Continued
Black vine weevil

Black vine weevil

Black vine weevil is a serious pest affecting several industries, including fleshy-stemmed cut flowers and ornamentals. An introduced pest, it is prevalent in Victoria and Tasmania as well as New Zealand. The adult beetle is black/brown with faint yellow spots … Continued
Irrigation scheduling for top quality flowers

Irrigation scheduling for top quality flowers

The Southeast Queensland Irrigation Futures project (SEQ-IF) and the Rural Water Use Efficiency project (RWUE) have a primary aim to assist producers in assessing their water and energy usage and to guide them towards making changes that lead to real … Continued
Acacia cut flower & foliage production manual

Acacia cut flower & foliage production manual

Market research, optimal plant propagation, and development of special postharvest handling techniques to increase vase life, have resulted in successful test marketing in Japan of Acacias as an export cut flower crop. Although there are approximately 700 species of Acacia … Continued
Positioning the Queensland cut flower industry to strategically respond to the impacts of climate change

Positioning the Queensland cut flower industry to strategically respond to the impacts of climate change

A Horticulture Australia Limited (HAL) project, Positioning the Queensland Cut Flower Industry to Strategically Respond to the Impacts of Climate Change, was completed which outlined the potential ramifications for Queensland‟s $151 million commercial cut flower and foliage industry. The resulting publication, The Queensland … Continued
DOOR in Australian wildflowers and native plants

DOOR in Australian wildflowers and native plants

With the increasing proliferation of ‘new’ rural industries on the Australian landscape comes an ever increasing demand for research. There is a limit to government’s ability to meet this need and alternatives to the traditional institutional responsibility in meeting this … Continued
New Strategies in Transportation for Floricultural Crops

New Strategies in Transportation for Floricultural Crops

The statistics clearly demonstrate a need to increase consumer satisfaction if cut flower sales are to increase on the U.S. flower market. We feel that the optimal strategy to ensure the adoption of effective temperature management during transportation is to place … 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
Artificial lighting

Artificial lighting

Like many other environmental factors such as humidity, temperature, moisture and nutrients, light determines the rate of plant growth as well as the way in which the plant develops. Artificial lighting can be successfully used to supplement natural light. Greenhouses … Continued