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Over 32 trillion data points give growers solid environmental intelligence

January 20, 2018
Darryn Keiller

Autogrow, a leading global ag tech company, has announced their strategy to use trillions of available growing data points to help their growers’ crop production.

“Due to the unique nature of our architecture, over 32 trillion data points flow through our systems each year which would be one of the most substantial collections for indoor agriculture to date. Data is king when it comes to innovation but what you do with it is the key,” says CEO Darryn Keiller. Read More »

Is breakfast protein the secret to weight loss?

January 3, 2018

Eating more protein, especially at breakfast, could be the key to achieving healthy weight loss, according to a new report released today by CSIRO. The report, Protein Balance: New concepts for protein in Weight Management, affirms the benefits of the CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet for weight control and reveals that the latest scientific evidence supports eating at least 25 grams of protein at each main meal to control hunger and enhance muscle metabolism. Read More »

Fast growing food production

January 1, 2018
PH&G Managing Editor

Happy New Year to all our readers and welcome to this year’s first issue of Practical Hydroponics & Greenhouses.

One of our news items in this issue describes how, despite Australian vegetable farm profits being on the increase, the number of farms has decreased. Although the average vegetable farm is making more money and earning higher prices for its produce, cash costs are continuing to rise across the board. Read More »

How do I establish plants in an NFT system?

January 1, 2018
Hydroponic expert Rick Donnan

From a grower in Texas

Your article titled ‘What are the fundamentals of setting up an NFT system?’ in PH&G issue #148 was very helpful. I am setting up a scaled-down NFT system in my greenhouse to run a basil trial. I have set it up with 4” rectangular grooved downspout channels that are 40’ long and I am supplying 0.5 litres of solution to each channel, as you suggested in your article. I have the channels sloped on a 40 to 1 ratio, which brings me to my question. In examples I have found elsewhere on the Internet most folks upon transplanting raise their drain tubes in order to raise the solution level to the bottom of the net cups in order to ensure the infant plants come in contact with the solution. They later lower the tubes back down when the plants have matured and the roots can lie on the bottom of the channel. This is not possible with the 40 to 1 slope; you just end up flooding one end of the channel. I was wondering what you normally recommend doing in these sloped systems? Also, the 0.5 litre flow rate seems like just a trickle to me and as it meanders down the channel it may only be in one or two grooves on one side or the other. In other words the solution is not evenly spread over the bottom of the channel. Thanks in advance for your help.

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Flowering in Hong Kong

January 1, 2018
Cut flowers

Hong Kong is only the fifteenth largest import market for cut flowers in the world, but it is one of the most dynamic.

By Christine Brown-Paul & Photos Sam Ross

Flowers have always been a part of the Chinese culture since at least seven different types of flowers represents a strong meaning in the culture. They represent natural nectar that brings growth, fulfilment and new, prosperous beginnings to lives. In Fen Shui, many flowers are said to bring good fortune and success because healthy flowering plants manifest good Chi or energy. Read More »

Launceston to Host BerryQuest International 2018

December 13, 2017
Simon Dornauf

The Country Club Tasmania in Launceston has been chosen to host BerryQuest International 2018 from 12-15 February on behalf of Strawberries Australia, Australian Blueberry Growers’ Association and Raspberries & Blackberries Australia. During the Business Sessions delegates will have the opportunity to hear from leading Australian and international experts on a wide range of topics relevant to the growth of their business and the industry.  Many of the topics have been selected by a panel of growers who have focused on the issues that will be pertinent to the berry industry as it expands over the next 5 to 10 years. Read More »

Hemp Health & Innovation Expo Melbourne – Wrap Up

December 12, 2017

On December 2 and 3, despite  the rain, nearly  5000 people attended Melbourne’s inaugural Hemp, Health & Innovation (HHI) Expo & Symposium. Over the last 12 months alone there have been groundbreaking movements for hemp and cannabis in Australia; Hemp foods were legalised November 12, the first two commercial legal shipments of medicinal cannabis arrived  in the country, the first defence veteran was dispensed with medical cannabis to medicate post-traumatic stress syndrome and as it stands from August  2017, a total  of 22 licences have been issued allowing patients and doctors to access a legal domestic source of cannabis for medicinal use. This is comprised of 10 medicinal cannabis licences (commercial cultivation and production), six cannabis research licences, and six cannabis manufacture licences. The Office of Drug Control (ODC) has another 56 licence applications under assessment. Read More »