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Water quality needed for different hydroponic crops?

June 1, 2016
Rick Donnan

I am considering setting up a small commercial hydroponic farm using a recirculating system. I have read that water quality is very important for hydroponics, especially when recirculating. Is this correct and can you give me some guidelines as to the quality required to grow different crops in hydroponics?

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Intuitive Online Farm Safety Program

June 1, 2016
Steven Carruthers

The Internet as an education tool continues to throw up new training concepts. The latest is a pre-employment 40-minute intuitive online farm safety induction program, which is targeted at field and seasonal workers, and backpackers working the harvest trail. Read More »

Back to Eden

June 1, 2016
Hydroclimaponics

In South Africa, one company has taken hydroponics to a new level. Its groundbreaking new vertical hydroponic system – Hydroclimaponics – facilitates control of the micro-environment of each individual plant’s carbon dioxide, temperature and humidity to deliver enhanced productivity.

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HFF conference breakfast speaker

May 21, 2016
Frank Costa

From Chairman of the largest privately owned fresh fruit and vegetable grower in Australia to past-president of the Geelong Football Club, Frank Costa in an inspiration to all. Find out how Frank grew a small family business into one of the largest in the Southern Hemisphere, employing over 7,000 people with a turnover in excess of $1 billion; plus how he turned around the Geelong Football Club to win two premierships! Read More »

Hydroponic Farmers Federation farm tour

May 11, 2016
Hydroponic Farmers Federation of Victoiria

The Hydroponic Farmers Federation (HFF)  farm tour will visit Boomaroo Nursery, a world-class vegetable seedling producer, and Thoang’s farm, a truss tomato, strawberry and Lebanese cucumber hothouse producer. This farm tour option is available to registered delegates of the HFF Conference and Trade Exhibition, to be held at the Mantra Lorne Resort, Victoria, from 8-10 June 2016. Read More »

Moving Towards a Digital Society

May 1, 2016
Steven Carruthers

The Internet is regarded as a powerful resource for information. What started as an idea in a technical paper by Mr Berners-Lee, then a computer scientist at a European physics lab, who outlined a way to easily access files on linked computers, has developed into a global phenomenon that has changed almost every aspect of our daily lives.
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Should I use a PAR meter for greenhouse climate control?

May 1, 2016
Rick Donnan

My greenhouse climate and irrigation controllers are years old and use a lux sensor for light measurement. I was recently told that I should be using a PAR (Photosynthetically Active Radiation) meter. This is apparently much better than a lux meter. Is this correct?

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