After selecting which varieties you intend to plant, one of the next decisions you need to make is: “Do I purchase plants on their own roots or would I be better off with a plant grafted or budded onto a … 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. Lodi Pameijer … Continued
Jeff and Michelle Prescott began their farming careers 28 years ago, growing seed lines on a small farm. Each brought with them an impressive background of experience. Jeff had worked for six years in a bulb company in Monbulk that … Continued
Progress is continuing in the development of an Industry Biosecurity Plan (IBP) for the Australian cut flower and foliage industry. The IBP will allow for the formal identification, assessment and prioritisation of the industry’s biosecurity risks and will provide a … Continued
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 … Continued
Economic evaluation of investment in the wildflowers R&D program by RIRDC The primary purpose of this report is to provide input to the RIRDC evaluation policy. Specific objectives were to ascertain if, and to what extent, benefits have accrued from … 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
While production of cultivated wildflowers has increased dramatically over the last 20 years, sales of wildflowers on the domestic market have not kept pace with this increase. Market research, commissioned by AFPGA, and supported by RIRDC, was carried out in November 1999 … Continued
The use of a new group of chemical attractants to aid early identification of thrips infestations in greenhouse crops is the goal of research being undertaken by an international science collaboration.
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.