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Analytical services for PCA members

Analytical service provider Hortus and Protected Cropping Australia (PCA), formerly known as the Australian Hydroponic & Greenhouse Association, has announced a new partnership to provide technical services for growers that are PCA members.

PCA is the peak industry body representing commercial hydroponic and greenhouse growers throughout Australia. Significant crops include tomatoes, cucumbers, capsicum, eggplant, lettuce, Asian and Mediterranean herbs and greens, and cut flowers.

Hortus has over 25 years’ experience in providing technical services to various crop production industries throughout Australia, Asia, Europe and the USA, including the hydroponic sector.Hortus is excited about this opportunity to collaborate with PCA,” said Hortus Managing Director, Jack Milbank.

“We believe that our technical services tailored to PCA requirements will help to promote further growth within the hydroponic and greenhouse sector in Australia, and an industry-wide approach to increasing productivity is the way to deliver benefits to members,“ he said.

The range of analytical services to be provided by Hortus to PCA members include a W3 nutrient analysis on drip and drain samples including: pH, EC, NH4-N, NO3-N, PO4-P, K, Ca, Mg, Na, SO4-S, Cu, Zn, B, Mn, Fe, Cl, Si, HCO3, TA, SAR and TDI. Results are displayed in mmols as well as ppm. Recommendations can be made on request by an experienced Hortus agronomist for an additional charge.

Hortus also offer a Hydro-combo, which includes the W3 *drain) together with a sap analysis for NO3-N, PO 4-P, K, Ca, Mg, Zn, SO 4-S, Cu, Mn, Fe, B. This will aid in monitoring crop nutrient utilisation through each phonological interval.

PCA is encouraging all growers to send in monthly samples to improve the performance of the entire protected cropping industry.

“By monthly nutrient monitoring growers will be able to adjust their crops nutrient requirements as demand fluctuates by crop, variety, light intensity, yield and growing media. It is great that Hortus has agreed to offer a discount to all PCA members for samples submitted,” said PCS President, Graeme Smith.

For further information contact:
Hortus Technical Services
Ph: (07) 4132-5000
Website: www.hortus.net.au

National Conference for Hydroponic and Greenhouse Growers

Protected Cropping Australia (PCA) is holding its biennial conference from 3 -6 July 2011 at the splendid Adelaide Convention Centre, the most environmentally responsible convention centre in Australia.

Formerly the Australian Hydroponic & Greenhouse Conference, this is the eleventh such national conference. In part, Adelaide has been chosen because it has the highest concentration of greenhouses in Australia and many growers are upgrading and expanding.

The conference starts on Sunday 3 July with the opening of the trade exhibition, which covers a wide range of industry trades, including greenhouses, irrigation and climate controllers, movable screens, seeds, fertilisers, chemicals, growing media, propagators, IPM specialists, etc. As well as Australian and New Zealand companies exhibiting, there are also quite a few from Holland. The exhibition remains open for delegates through Monday and Tuesday.

At the time of going to press there were a few of the 60 stands still available for sponsors and exhibitors.

Lectures and workshops are held all day Monday and Tuesday, presented by Australian and overseas experts, many of whom are international leaders in their field. Nearly 30 different presentations are on the program, so delegates can choose from a wide range of topics.

A highlight will be Dutch expert Ben van Onna introducing the impressive Simcom4 environmental control training package. Included will be updates of international developments in greenhouse and hydroponic technologies, biological control, IPM, etc. Following upon the great success of grower presentations at the previous conference, there will be many more presentations by growers giving their real world experiences.

Also covered are interesting newer areas such as aquaponics and organic hydroponics. New and intending growers are particularly welcome and consequently, the program includes a series of fundamental topics to give them all the basics.

On Wednesday, delegates have the option of going on an all-day farm tour, including a visit to the 17-hectare state-of-the-art d’VineRipe facility mentioned elsewhere in this issue.

Networking is a valuable aspect of these conferences, and there are many opportunities to meet other delegates. Lunch and tea breaks are long enough to maximise time with exhibitors, growers and experts. There are also great social functions, where the emphasis will be on networking. A welcome reception will be held on Sunday evening. The conference banquet dinner will be a fun night and has been moved to Monday, instead of Tuesday, so those delegates who can only leave the farm for a limited period can still attend.

For further information & registration contact:
Conference organisers:
Rick Donnan and Rosemary Viggers
Ph: (02) 4567-7960
Fax: (02) 8569-1064
Email: pcaconference@westnet.com.au
Website: www.protectedcroppingaustralia.com

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