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
Cut Flower and Foliage Cost Calculator

Cut Flower and Foliage Cost Calculator

The Cost and Profit Calculator is a decision support tool that will assist cut flower growers to accurately cost their products leading to better financial decision making during the marketing process.
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
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
Rosetting in lisianthus

Rosetting in lisianthus

Lisianthus grow in the desert but are not a true desert plant as they grow along the edge of creeks and water courses. Rosetting is a natural survival response by the lisianthus to avoid adverse weather conditions of low light … Continued
The carbon price

The carbon price

Australia now has a price on carbon emissions. While the agricultural producers are not required to pay a direct carbon price, flower growers will need to come to terms with the carbon price scheme and its impact on farming businesses. … 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
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