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CubeCaps reduce water and fertiliser usage

March 1, 2012

CubeCap is a patented water conservation tool and grow medium protector. CubeCap and DripCap are new developments, which aim to prevent or eliminate the algae that forms on rockwool growing blocks. Covering the top surface of a growing block should block and/or reflect incoming light needed by algae to grow and keeps the root zone temperature lower. Covering the grow block, water and nutrients can be saved by minimising unnecessarily uptake by non-adding value biomass and lowering evaporation from the growing block. DripCap will distribute the water and nutrients much more equal when compared with commonly used drippers. Read More »

Cygnus greenhouse control

March 1, 2012

For more than 30 years Hotraco has been manufacturing and supplying control systems, which provide both reliability and excellent value to their products. The experience gained in combination with the latest technology, provides a guarantee for state-of-the-art Hotraco products.

The CYGNUS-CO2 is a computer, which is suitable for greenhouses to control on/off heating and guard temperature, relative air humidity and CO2 level. The computer can be set with day/night time option in case different settings are required. Read More »

Australia’s largest tomato grower in voluntary administration

February 23, 2012

Australia’s largest tomato grower, SP Exports, has gone into voluntary administration. The Childers-based operation, near Bundaberg in southern Queensland, and in Victoria, is now in the hands of administrators.

Contributing to the company’s failure has been two chemical oversprays from nearby properties, last year’s floods, and low prices since 2001.  The company put more than 1160 hectares of farm land and four homes at Childers on the market last December as the company’s owners battled to keep the business running. Read More »

2012 Short Course

February 23, 2012

Dr James Rakocy, an aquaponics specialist, will  be special guest speaker at the Greenhouse Crop Production & Engineering Design Short Course to be held at the Westward Look Resort, Tucson, Arizona, USA, from 9-13 April 2012. The 2012 Short Course is organised by the University of Arizona’s Controlled Environment Agriculture Center (CEAC). Special guest speakers also include Jennifer Nelkin, Greenhouse Director, Gotham Greens, New York City.

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Growers’ Workshop – Solutions for Manual handling

February 17, 2012

Growers are invited to attend a workshop to discuss the development of simple, practical solutions to a wide range of common manual handling issues associated with planting, harvesting and packing operations on the farm. The Vegetables Victoria workshop will be held at EE Muir & Sons, 879 Duncans Road, Werribee South, on Wednesday 22 February 2012, commencing at 1 pm. Read More »

PERTH – Greenhouse Technical Management for the Future

February 11, 2012

The Perth Greenhouse Technical Management for the Future course will commence at 8.30am on Monday 27 February through to 12 noon Friday 2 March 2012 at the Willow Pond Reception Centre, 459 Nicholson Road, Canning Vale, Western Australia.  Read More »

Valentine’s Day with Sara Leonardi-McGrath

February 8, 2012

Australian Year of the Farmer Ambassador Sara-Leonardi McGrath is encouraging all Australian’s to cook for their partners on Valentine’s Day, trying recipes that use Australia’s best fresh produce to support local farmers. Well-known food blogger, Sara is sharing her favourite romantic recipes with the nation using fresh, Australian-grown ingredients to create a meal that will be sure to set the right tone for your special evening.  Read More »