Lessons from the Netherlands – Optimising light in horticultural production systems

Lessons from the Netherlands – Optimising light in horticultural production systems

In October last year I was fortunate enough to find myself boarding a flight to the Netherlands to attend the 7th International Symposium on Light in Horticultural Systems (a special thankyou to FAQI for providing financial assistance for me to … Continued
Improving irrigation efficiency for in-ground flowers: Tropical Blooms

Improving irrigation efficiency for in-ground flowers: Tropical Blooms

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 Queensland cut flower industry and climate change

The Queensland cut flower industry and climate change

In Australia, it seems likely that the government will implement regulatory legislation and policies over the next 5 to 10 years to address the issue of climate change, which will directly impact business operations and procedures.This document considers the possible … Continued
Positioning the Queensland cut flower industry to strategically respond to the impacts of climate change

Positioning the Queensland cut flower industry to strategically respond to the impacts of climate change

A Horticulture Australia Limited (HAL) project, Positioning the Queensland Cut Flower Industry to Strategically Respond to the Impacts of Climate Change, was completed which outlined the potential ramifications for Queensland‟s $151 million commercial cut flower and foliage industry. The resulting publication, The Queensland … 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