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How do plants take up nutrients?

February 28, 2017
Columnist Rick Donnan

From an indian grower:

Please refer your answer to the reader’s question in the February 2017 PH&G issue.

You have mentioned that in osmosis only water moves from lower concentration to higher concentration and salts do not get through the membrane. If this is so, then how do nutrients reach plants? I am a grower and a regular reader of your magazine. Thanks a lot. Read More »

2017 Hemp Health & Innovation (HHI) Expo & Symposium

February 28, 2017
HHI2017

After making headline news across the country last year when thousands of Sydneysiders descended upon Rosehill Gardens seeking information and awareness around all the crucial benefits the Hemp plant offers now and into the future, Australia’s largest experiential cannabis event, the Hemp, Health & Innovation (HHI) Expo & Symposium is back for 2017! Read More »

Let the sun shine in

February 28, 2017
Energy harvesting glass

A world-first invention in clear, energy harvesting glass has been developed by western Australian scientists. It is expected that if it used in greenhouses it could produce crops in any climate or season. Greenhouses powered by nanotechnology developed in WA could turn the driest of deserts into productive agricultural land thanks to a $1.6 million grant from the Federal Government’s  Cooperative Research Centre. Read More »

Improving access to safe and effective agvet chemicals

February 23, 2017

Grants worth close to $2.5 million have been announced by the Australian Coalition Government to improve access to safe and effective agvet chemicals. The 51 grants will address many priority uses, including for citrus fruit, game birds, dairy cattle, tropical and sub-tropical fruits. The grants are part of the Government’s four-year $8 million investment to improve access to safe and effective agvet chemicals. Read More »

It’s CoOL to get on board early

February 15, 2017
Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister, Luke Hartsuyker

Canberra’s Pialligo Estate is among the first crop of businesses rolling out new Country of Origin Labelling (CoOL) on their food products, getting in early to give consumers a clear view of where their food comes from.

Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister, Luke Hartsuyker, who was joined today by Senator for the ACT, Zed Seselja at Pialligo Estate, said he wanted more businesses to follow their lead, with 16 months left before the new labels are mandatory. Read More »

Manly Vale woman, 92, grows 2kg tomato

February 15, 2017
Ida Guadagnin of Manly Vale with her 2kg tomato.

The Manly Daily reports a 92 years old gardening granny, Ida Guadagnin, of Manly Vale, has grown a tomato that weighs a staggering 2kg. A lifelong gardener, Mrs Guadagnin defied the odds — which included a scorching summer and intrusive animals — to grow the massive tomato.

The Guinness World Record for the heaviest tomato is held by Dan Sutherland of Walla Walla, Washington in the United States for a 3.906kg monster in August last year.

Wholesalers welcome Government’s Code response

February 13, 2017

The fresh produce wholesaling sector’s representative organisation, Fresh Markets Australia (FMA), has welcomed the Federal Government’s long anticipated response to the review of the Horticulture Code of Conduct.

FMA Chairman, Shane Schnitzler, has congratulated the Government for its efforts in seeking to achieve a balanced, commercial outcome in its review, which removes the unnecessary and unworkable requirements of the existing Code. Read More »