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Varroa mites found in Townsville port

July 6, 2016
Varroa destructor

An Asian honey bee (Apis cerana) hive has been found at the port in Townsville, Queensland, with scientific analysis of the bees confirming that two varroa mites (Varroa jacobsoni) were present on two of the bees. Read More »

Horticulture Innovation Australia vegetable industry investment

July 3, 2016
HIA industry investment

Horticulture Innovation Australia recently invested more than $6 million into 10 new vegetable industry capacity building projects. These aim to help regional growers enhance their businesses through increased consumer alignment, market and value chain development, and farm productivity including resource use and management. Read More »

Water quality needed for different hydroponic crops? – Part 2

July 1, 2016
Rick Donnan

Following on from last month’s question on water quality, here are some more guidelines. These list the Dutch guidelines for the maximum levels of sodium that are acceptable in recirculating solutions for a range of crops.

I have also included more recommendations as to different water sources, especially the collection of rainwater.

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Taking the next step

July 1, 2016
Steven Carruthers

The 10th Hydroponic Farmers Federation (HFF) conference and exhibition recently held at the Lorne Mantra will be remembered for its beautiful location on the Surf Coast of Victoria, and a quality speaker program. Read More »

Hydroponic Sorghum

July 1, 2016

The list of crops which can be grown hydroponically is endless. Theoretically, any plant that can be grown in soil can also be grown in a soilless system. Most hobbyists and commercial growers tend to focus on practical or high-value crops that are strongly suited to hydroponics. There are of course some unconventional crops, which can also be profitably grown in a soilless set-up, however impractical they may be. While these crops might not be ideally suited to hydroponics, the applications are sometimes worth pursuing.

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Apex–Brinkman PCA Conference 2017

June 28, 2016
Apex-Brinkman PCA Conference

The 14th Protected Cropping Australia (PCA) conference, to be held at the Adelaide Convention Centre, South Australia, from 9-12 July 2017, will be called the Apex–Brinkman PCA Conference 2017. The partnership between APEX Greenhouses, Brinkman Australia and PCA reflects a long history of involvement and service to the Australian greenhouse and hydroponic industry. Read More »

Greenhouse Technical Management Course

June 26, 2016
Goulburn Ovens Institute of TAFE

This course is specifically designed to develop high level technical and management skills for growers in protected cropping, suppliers of hydroponic equipment, agronomists, and horticultural researchers and educators. Read More »