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Priva Control Training Day

September 5, 2017
Priva training session

Powerplants Australia and Chisholm Institute of TAFE are conducting a one day intensive training session on Priva Climate Control. Under the expert guidance of Priva accredited trainer, Tony Bundock, the course will allow participants to explore the operation and basic parameters required for climate control in a commercial greenhouse environment.

This course is ideal for Priva end users who wish to upgrade their skills in the operation of Priva Integro, Compact and Connext systems. The day will be hands on, intensive and places are expected to fill fast! Read More »

Tours that taste like sunshine

September 5, 2017
diorama artwork

Brisbane Produce Market is playing host to two rare, behind-the-scenes public tours on 7 September and 26 October 2017, working in partnership with Museum of Brisbane (MoB). The visits are part of the Brisbane Markets Limited (BML) sponsorship of MoB’s Tastes Like Sunshine exhibition that explores the flavoursome side of Brisbane’s character and reveals its rich and evolving food story. Read More »

Blowin’ in the wind

September 1, 2017
PH&G Managing Editor

At the time of writing, in the US, Hurricane Harvey – deemed category 4 – continues to cut a swathe of destruction, leaving in its path countless numbers of damaged lives, homes and businesses as the death toll in its wake continues to climb. Record amounts of rain have fallen in Texas as a state of emergency has been declared with more than 30,000 people left homeless. So far, 15 trillion gallons of water have fallen on Houston – more than twice as much as fell on New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina.

The devastation of the Gulf Coast environment and agriculture is incalculable, threatening Texas’ economy and will likely have huge impacts on farmers in the area and around the US. Heavy rains and winds of up to 215kph have effectively wiped out many farms, smashing greenhouses and leaving a trail of untold damage. Read More »

CREATING A HYDROPONIC CULINARY HERB GARDEN

August 27, 2017
Hherb garden

IN FAIR PLAY, MISSOURI USA, THE INSTITUTE OF SIMPLIFIED HYDROPONICS HAS DESIGNED AND BUILT A HYDROPONIC CULINARY HERB GARDEN AT ITS TINY HOUSE PROJECT.

By PEGGY BRADLEY

As dawn breaks, young sprigs of peppermint are selected for morning tea. At lunch, basil is selected for a pesto sauce. During the day, fresh rosemary is added to bread, and a teaspoon of tarragon is harvested for a supper dish. In the evening, sage leaves are brewed for a bedtime tea to aid in a good night’s sleep. Read More »

2nd Greenhouse-Hydroponic Technical Management Course

August 15, 2017
Graeme Smith Consulting

Following the success of their first Greenhouse-Hydroponic Technical Management course held in Pune, India, in February 2017, Delish Vegies and Graeme Smith Consulting have combined to convene a second training program – organisers had to decline many participants in the first course owing to limited seats. The second course will be held from 23-27 October and again include interesting topics and commercial farm set-up sessions. The course will be conducted by two expert Australian industry presenters, Graeme Smith and Rick Donnan who is a regular columnist with Practical Hydroponics & Greenhouses magazine. Also participating will be renowned agronomist from the Indian Horticulture Industry. Read More »

The Dirty Dozen

August 14, 2017
Mike Nichols

In the USA every year the Environmental Working Group (EWG) looks at the results of the US Department of Agriculture’s testing and ranks the “dirtiest” and “cleanest” fruit and vegetables in the supermarket in relation to the amount of pesticide residue they contain, both within, and on the outside.

The “bad” produce includes: apples, celery, peaches, strawberries, spinach, blueberries, and lettuce, while the “good” produce includes: onions, sweet corn, avocado, asparagus, cantaloupe, kiwifruit, cabbage, watermelon, and kumara. Read More »

What is outgoing longwave radiation and what is its influence on plants?

August 6, 2017
Hydroponic expert Rick Donnan

I notice that there was a paper titled, ‘The underestimated effects of Longwave Outgoing Radiation on your greenhouse crop” at the recent Protected Cropping Australia Conference. Would you please explain what this means. 

Answer RICK DONNAN

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