In addition to irrigation scheduling, processes such as capturing water run-off, disinfestation, recycling and nutrient management are other key strategies that have been investigated as part of the Southeast Queensland Irrigation Futures (SEQ-IF) and Rural Water Use Efficiency (RWUE) projects.Readers … Continued
Case Study Highlights: Irrigation Pump Energy Use Reduction 40% Estimated Payback Period 7.9 months
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.
In 1991, when I started Living Shade with Svensson in Sweden, we had screens called ULS. This type of screen was developed in the early 80’s to reduce heating costs resulting from the 1982 oil crisis. Growers realised the screen … Continued
Of all the factors that can affect the quality and vase life of cut flowers, temperature and humidity are some of the most important. Most growers will rely on a cool room at some stage during the process of getting … Continued
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 • Estimated payback period on the changes implemented is less than 12 months.
This study tour saw first-hand Sustainable Production Technologies for the Cut Flower Industry. Israel, Spain and the Netherlands were visited to assess specific areas of interest. – Design and application of new water efficient technologies (inground and hydroponic) – Identification and … Continued