Part 1: Cultural control This is the first in a two-part series on the management of fungus gnats. This article will focus on their biology and the cultural practices which can be used to reduce their populations. Such strategies create … Continued
The Cost and Profit Calculator is a decision support tool that will assist cut flower growers to accurately cost their products leading to better financial decision making during the marketing process.
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. Table 1 provides an estimate of required power for an example … Continued
As noted in our initial article “Are you energy efficient”? (March 2012), managing energy use is the first step in the Journey of Energy Excellence for Greenhouses program. The type of crop, weather conditions, equipment purchased and equipment operation impacts … Continued
Lisianthus grow in the desert but are not a true desert plant as they grow along the edge of creeks and water courses. Rosetting is a natural survival response by the lisianthus to avoid adverse weather conditions of low light … Continued
Australia now has a price on carbon emissions. While the agricultural producers are not required to pay a direct carbon price, flower growers will need to come to terms with the carbon price scheme and its impact on farming businesses. … Continued
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
An essential part of successful flower farming is to understand and properly manage the soils within the growing area. It is always important to use resources wisely, not only to save money but also to look after the environment and … Continued