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Fisheries and aquaculture production on the rise

December 20, 2016

The gross value of Australian fisheries and aquaculture production (GVP) increased by 12 per cent to $2.8 billion in 2014-15, according to the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) Australian fisheries and aquaculture statistics 2015 report. Read More »

Practical testing of far-red light has begun

December 20, 2016
Wageningen University & Research

During the 2015/2016 indoor growing season, the Greenhouse Horticulture business unit of Wageningen University & Research grew tomatoes under LED lamps with additional far-red light. This resulted in increased production and provided enough evidence to begin practical testing. Two weeks ago, far-red lamps went into use at Prominent I and the first effects can already be seen in the crops. Read More »

Improved approach for analysing biosecurity risks

December 14, 2016

The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources today introduced an improved approach for analysing biosecurity risk, the group pest risk analysis (PRA), which will enhance Australia’s understanding of major biosecurity pest groups to better manage the risk they pose. Read More »

Industry Notification: Extension of host range for Ralstonia solanacearum to Kalanchoe

December 13, 2016

A Kalanchoe sample was submitted for testing and has been found positive for Ralstonia solanacearum. Kalanchoe is a known host of R. solanacearum overseas, but initial investigations suggest that it has not previously been reported to infect this host in Australia.  Read More »

Veg industry teaching kids their ABCs – Artichokes, Broccoli and Carrots

December 13, 2016

The vegetable industry has teamed up with scientists and educational researchers to combat concerns about Australian kids’ diets and teach them that eating vegetables is as easy as ABC – as long as ABC stands for artichokes, broccoli and carrots.  Read More »

New research report examines taxation in agriculture

December 12, 2016

A new research report analyses how the Australian taxation system impacts the profitability and sustainability of farmers.  In doing so, it provides a resource for agricultural groups and governments to inform their discussions on taxation policy as it relates to the sector. Read More »

How do I visually assess nutrient deficiency symptoms?

December 5, 2016
Columnist Rick Donnan

I am a hobby hydroponic tomato grower. My plants are producing well, but recently I noticed what appears to be a nutrient deficiency. The youngest leaves are turning yellow between the veins. Can you suggest what it is?

Answer by RICK DONNAN Read More »