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2nd Greenhouse and Hydroponic Technical Management Course for India

September 19, 2017
Hands-on training

Delish Veggies (India) and Graeme Smith Consulting (Aust) have promulgated a second Greenhouse and Hydroponic Technical Management training course to be held in Pune, India, in late October.  This follows the success of their first training course held in Pune in early 2017. The program included practical farm tours and was attended by renowned international trainers from Australia, six international participants, and 35 participants from seven Indian states. Unfortunately, many participants were turned away due to limited seats. Therefore, owing to popular demand, a second course has been promulgated and will include many interesting topics and commercial farm set-up sessions. Read More »

Sunny Ridge Strawberry Farm Grower Day

September 17, 2017
Strawberry farm

The next Hydroponic Farmers Federation (HFF) grower day and farm visit will be hosted by Sunny Ridge Strawberry Farms, 695 Boneo Road, Boneo, Victoria, on Wednesday 4 October 2017. This is an opportunity for HFF members and non-members to see and talk with other growers, wholesalers and trade at this premier industry growing facility. Read More »

Dedicated coordinator to manage TPP in Australia

September 15, 2017

The National Management Group (NMG) for tomato potato psyllid (TPP) – comprising all Australian governments, affected industries and Plant Health Australia – has agreed to a transition to management phase to manage the ongoing impacts of TPP and risks of Candidatus Liberibacter solanacearum (CLso) in Australia. Read More »

Earth Expo 2017

September 12, 2017
EARTH Expo 2017

Renewable energy and hemp have many synergies. Not the least of which is that they’re both 100% natural and part of the journey to building a sustainable Tasmania.

Introducing: Earth Expo 2017! Australia’s first and Tasmania’s own huge three-day celebration of everything EARTH, it’s all in the name: Energy – Alternatives – Renewables – Tasmania – Hemp. Held at Launceston’s iconic Albert Hall, Earth Expo comprises two separate components – a one-day ‘Building Tasmanian Business Sustainably’ conference for industry (Fri Oct 27) and a 2-day Expo for the general public (Sat Oct 28 – Sun Oct 29). Read More »

What is ‘false drain’?

September 11, 2017
Hydroponic expert Rick Donnan

Higher ECs within the medium than in the runoff

I have been growing tomatoes in rockwool slabs for over three years. Recently, my plants have been looking stressed and I have had some blossom end rot.

Friends have suggested that it might be high EC in the slabs, but my run-off EC (electrical conductivity) is usually below 3 (mS/cm).

At their suggestion I recently bought a WET (Water, EC, Temperature) meter to measure properties within the slab. I now find that I am sometimes getting much higher EC readings within the slab than in the drain. Is this normal, and what should I do?

Answer by RICK DONNAN Read More »


September 5, 2017

The first event of its kind anywhere in the world, EARTH Expo is Tasmania’s own huge three-day celebration of everything renewable energy, industrial hemp and medicinal cannabis. To be held at Launceston’s iconic Albert Hall and comprising of two separate components across three days – a conference and an expo – Earth Expo will feature a fully ratified hemp crop installation, over 40 exhibitors, workshops, speakers, displays, performances and much much more. Read More »

Priva Control Training Day

September 5, 2017
Priva training session

Powerplants Australia and Chisholm Institute of TAFE are conducting a one day intensive training session on Priva Climate Control. Under the expert guidance of Priva accredited trainer, Tony Bundock, the course will allow participants to explore the operation and basic parameters required for climate control in a commercial greenhouse environment.

This course is ideal for Priva end users who wish to upgrade their skills in the operation of Priva Integro, Compact and Connext systems. The day will be hands on, intensive and places are expected to fill fast! Read More »