Cost and profit calculator for cut flower growers

Cost and profit calculator for cut flower growers

The final report summarises the Cost & Profit Calculator for Cut Flower Growers project for Horticulture Australia Limited (HAL) and others, including future funding recipients.Unique activities undertaken by this project are emphasised, particularly those activities concerning the objectives of the … Continued
Greenhouse Toolbox – Wind loads Structural provisions and loading

Greenhouse Toolbox – Wind loads Structural provisions and loading

Wind loads are covered by the AS/NZS 1170.2:2011 Structural Design Actions – Wind Actions. The objective of this Standard is to provide wind actions for use in the design of structures subject to wind action. This fact sheet provides an … Continued
Cut flower and foliage industry pesticide gap analysis

Cut flower and foliage industry pesticide gap analysis

The cut flower and foliage industry has completed a project designed to identify the chemical needs of the industry moving into the future. The project, Cut Flower and Foliage Industry Pesticide Gap Analysis (code FL10002) was co funded by Horticulture … Continued
AFI – Growing Great CO2

AFI – Growing Great CO2

From late autumn to early spring CO2 could help to increase the production. Especially when the production in this period is lower than in the rest of the year and it’s a “cheap” way to increase production and the quality of  flowers.
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
AFI – New process replaces methyl bromide

AFI – New process replaces methyl bromide

A new method for ridding harvested fruits and vegetables of insect pests and microorganisms, without the use of ozone-depleting chemicals like methyl bromide, has been developed by researchers at UC Davis.
Yellow Bells – a new native cut flower for Australia

Yellow Bells – a new native cut flower for Australia

New fresh products are a key to the success of the floricultural industry. Chamelaucium (Waxflower) and Anigozanthos (Kangaroo Paws) currently dominate Australian cut flower exports, however new material is sought to lift sales and increase profitability for growers. Australia has the disadvantages … Continued
A Case study in Cavitation

A Case study in Cavitation

During the design and assessment of pumping systems, one of the factors that must be taken into account is the effect of cavitation on pump efficiency. Cavitation is a phenomenon where, under certain conditions, vacuum bubbles are created within the pump, leading to increased pump … 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