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

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