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Nuked blueberries safe to eat

January 25, 2017

The Northern Star reports blueberry growers in Northern NSW have declined to comment on newly approved irradiation export treatments, with one producer citing stigma on radiation technology as a reason. Read More »

Aldi continues to make strides in Aussie fresh veg market

January 25, 2017
Speciality fruit and vegetable retailer

Discount supermarket chain Aldi is continuing to make its mark on Australian shoppers, with consumers now believing it is competitive with the major retailers across the key aspects of fresh produce purchases of value, quality and choice. Read More »

Australian Vegetable Strategic Investment Plan Survey

January 20, 2017

As part of the process for producing a new Strategic Investment Plan (SIP) for the Australian vegetable industry, Horticulture Innovation Australia has engaged specialist consulting firm Consulting & Implementation Services (CIS). As part of this process, CIS will seek industry feedback to ensure the SIP accurately reflects how to best spend the Vegetable R&D levy to maximise the industry’s funding priorities for the next five years, estimated to be worth over $100 million. Read More »

Using ammonium to correct pH drift

January 17, 2017
Columnist Rick Donnan

This is not actually someone’s question, but it is a problem met by many hydroponic growers both hobby and commercial. Unfortunately, it is rarely mentioned in most hydroponic books and forums.

For growers using media based systems, pH drift is a significant change in pH between the dripper solution and the run-off solution. It is usually a rise in pH. For a water–based system without pH control, it is a change in pH with time, For a water-based system with pH control, while the pH remains steady, it results in the addition of an excess amount of acid. In turn this results in the nutrients in the recirculating solution getting out of balance.

So, how and why can ammonium be used to correct thisdrift?

Answer by RICK DONNAN Read More »

2nd Annual Indoor Ag-Con Asia

January 13, 2017

Indoor Ag-Con is returning to Asia in January 2017 with an expanded offering. The event promises to offer  the best and the brightest in growing, supplying and advising the hydroponics, aquaponics and aeroponics market. This year, the two-day event will be hosted at Marina Bay Sands on 24-25 January 2017, and will include an exhibition hall and conference. Industry leading speakers from academia and industry will address topics from automating indoor farms to developing controls systems to funding an indoor farm. Participants will receive an exclusive hard copy of the newest edition in the popular white paper series, which have been downloaded more than 4,000 times. They will also have the chance to network at a drinks party on the first evening of the event.

For this year’s Indoor Ag-Con Asia, the organiser has been thinking about the various forms of innovation that have come together to create the burgeoning indoor agriculture industry, from plant biology to design to new business models. In celebration of these diverse participants in the indoor agriculture market, they’ve created Indoor Ag-Fest, a series of events and activities around the theme of innovation leading up to Indoor Ag-Con Asia.

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Posted 13 January 2017

CGMMV workshop for cucurbit growers in WA

January 3, 2017

The Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia (DAFWA) are organising two workshops on Cucumber green mottle mosaic virus (CGMMV) for cucurbit growers in WA. Growers will be able to learn more about CGMMV and the on-farm biosecurity measures they can take to safeguard their property. Read More »

Subscriber Notification – January 2017 / Issue 175

December 31, 2016
Food safety

Happy New Year to all PH&G readers and welcome to our first issue for 2017. As we welcome the New Year, it’s time to look ahead and see what the coming 12 months have in store. Hopefully, this will be a year of prosperity and success for individuals and businesses alike. Read More »