The Queensland cut flower industry and climate change

The Queensland cut flower industry and climate change

In Australia, it seems likely that the government will implement regulatory legislation and policies over the next 5 to 10 years to address the issue of climate change, which will directly impact business operations and procedures.This document considers the possible … 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
Solar energy as an alternate power source in cut flower production

Solar energy as an alternate power source in cut flower production

Those involved in the flower industry understand that flower production can have high electricity requirements due to a number of devices including irrigation equipment, greenhouse climate control and refrigeration. This fact sheet provides an estimate of the power required for … Continued
Wind Loads – Toolbox for Greenhouse Construction and Safe Operation

Wind Loads – Toolbox for Greenhouse Construction and Safe Operation

Toolbox for Greenhouse Construction and Safe Operation – Fact Sheet 1 The toolbox provides a central information hub for growers. Growers can use this toolbox to find information based on a particular farm activity or issue including: 1. Getting the basics right … Continued
Are you energy efficient? Article #1 in ‘Energy use efficiency’

Are you energy efficient? Article #1 in ‘Energy use efficiency’

The key purpose of a greenhouse is to provide the ideal growing environment by controlling temperature, humidity, light, ventilation and CO2. In the ideal environment, quality and quantity of crops are maximised. While sunlight is free, the energy costs involved … Continued
Solar Power – Why make the change?

Solar Power – Why make the change?

Those involved in the flower industry understand that flower production can have high electricity requirements due to a number of devices including irrigation equipment, greenhouse climate control and refrigeration. Table 1 provides an estimate of required power for an example … Continued
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
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
Managing soil to save water and money

Managing soil to save water and money

An essential part of successful flower farming is to understand and properly manage the soils within the growing area. It is always important to use resources wisely, not only to save money but also to look after the environment and … Continued