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Disinfection Methods . . . an Australian Perspective

April 30, 2014
Fully-automated Priva Vialux HD/UV disinfection unit, which is suitable for treating both large and small quantities of water.

Disinfection systems are essential insurance policies as environmental pressures force growers to recirculate their nutrient solution. PH&G profiles the various disinfection methods, from an Australian perspective.

Compiled by STEVEN CARRUTHERS Read More »

AGS to host Hyderabad seminar

April 24, 2014

Australian Greenhouse Solutions (AGS) will convene a one-day information seminar on modern commercial greenhouse and hydroponic systems at the Vivanta by TAJ Hotel, Hyderabad, India, on 15 May 2014. Presented by Graeme Smith and Brian Ellis, topics will  include greenhouse systems, crop types, and growing in harsh climates, among many other topics. The seminar includes technical workshops. Read More »

Hydroponic Growing in Chile

April 19, 2014
Santiago’s surrounding landscape is shaped by several stand-alone hills with the mountains of the Andes chain visible from most points in the city.

In Latin American countries like Chile, there is an increasing interest in learning about hydroponics and the solutions it can offer to agriculture in the region.

Feature by CHRISTINE BROWN-PAUL Photography by SAM ROSS

Hydroponics first came to Latin America during the 1970s. At the outset, it was used to market vegetables considered luxury items. By the mid-1980s, hydroponic farming began to be a popular alternative among the very poorest, who adopted the practice in the hillside slums surrounding most large Latin American cities. Read More »

Potato growers embrace aeroponic cultivation

April 15, 2014

Researchers from Cornell University in the United States have begun utilising revolutionary aeroponic technology in cultivating disease-free seed potatoes. Aeroponics is the process of growing plants suspended in the air, without the use of soil. Read More »

Australian Floriculture Industry Production update

April 15, 2014

High import penetration and price competition from supermarkets have put pressure on profit margins in the Floriculture Production industry in the past five years. For this reason, industry research firm IBISWorld has updated its report on the Floriculture Production industry in Australia. Read More »

Cyclone Ita damage assessment underway

April 14, 2014

Farmers and industry groups are busy assessing the damaging from Tropical Cyclone Ita, even as the system tracks down the Queensland coast and out to sea, causing flooding and wind damage to crops, pastures, and infrastructure. Early reports are for some significant damage to sugar cane, banana and other horticultural crops in Far North Queensland, but on a lesser scale than that experienced after cyclones Larry and Yasi. Read More »

Ag families prepare for Cyclone Ita

April 11, 2014

It’s all hands on deck as northern Queenslanders prepare for the impact of Tropical Cyclone Ita, with farmers working fast to harvest their crops as quickly as possible before the storm hits. Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, said his thoughts and best wishes go out to those working to protect their properties as winds from the category 5 cyclone continue to intensify, with landfall expected late on Friday. Read More »