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.
Exports of cut flowers from Australia were estimated to be worth $A30.1 million in 1995/96 with wildflowers comprising over 90% of the total. In 1998/99 the value of exports from Victoria was $A7.6 million a 25% increase from 1997/98. Insect infestations in … Continued
Wildflowers are cultivated in all States, and Australia’s annual wildflower production is valued at around $45 million at the farm gate, and the value of exports amounted to just under $30 million in 1999/2000. The key commercial wildflowers are geraldton wax, … Continued
The cool room is an essential asset in the handling and storage of cut flower and foliage products on the farm. Consistent temperature and humidity management is critical to maximise product quality, from the moment of harvest right through until … Continued
Out of sight – out of mind! This is a common cause of many of the problems we see in the flower trade. The three main invisible enemies are bacteria, botrytis and ethylene. The first two are micro-organisms and the … Continued
Moisture content of the air is normally specified by its relative humidity (RH), ie. the moisture content of the air at a certain temperature expressed as a percentage of the amount that would be necessary to fully saturate the air … Continued
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
A 5000 plant Waratah farm was established in Alpine near Mittagong in NSW in 1999 after researching the accumulated knowledge of years of research and practical application of experience gained by the native flower industry. Imbi Chad, who has an … Continued
In their quest for sustainability, Don and Lynda Currey, of Karalee, Queensland, have met the challenges of water reform head-on by researching and investing in new irrigation equipment to gain efficiencies through reducing water consumption.
Professor Raymond Cloyd is a research and extension specialist based at Kansas State University, working in the areas of integrated pest management, plant protection, horticultural cropping systems, pesticides and insect-plant interactions. We present an extract from a paper by Professor … Continued