An efficient irrigation system that has been designed for your crop and farm is an essential feature of a successful flower growing business. In the last issue, we looked at the features of an irrigation system and some important steps … Continued
Saving water and energy has never been more important for flower growers. Faced with rising costs and limited natural resources, efficient water management is essential for every production business, as well as for the environment and the community.
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
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
Tropical Blooms is a North Queensland business growing tropical cut flowers and foliage products for sale to wholesale markets, local florists and direct via the internet. An assessment of the farm’s Irrigation system and its efficiency was carried out via the … Continued
The first step in the assessment process was to determine the efficiency of the pump. This was achieved by conducting a pump assessment where operating pressure, flow rates and electricity consumption were measured. During this assessment, recirculation cavitation noise was apparent, and from the … Continued
With an increasing focus on water in recent times, more efficient use of water has become a key issue for many irrigated farms. Irrigation and irrigation scheduling has moved towards a high-tech solution of precise water application, with farm management … Continued
The RADS program had a strong technology focus and information generated aimed to: • Identify and test component tools and technology that improve water management strategies. • Assess the effect of precision irrigation on crop response and system performance. • Introduce … Continued
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
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.