Nursery Production Technical Information Library
Are you aware of your shared biosecurity responsibility? 4.00 KB 7 downloadsIn last month’s newsletter we provided...
Managing water ‘critical’ to future of nursery industry 135.11 KB 4 downloadsQueensland nursery manager Kieran Studders...
Emergency & Disaster Planning
NGIQ Series Part 1. Introduction to series on cyclones and nursery structures 172.44 KB 9 downloadsThis is an introduction to an information...
Energy Efficiency NGIQ RWUE Field Day November 2017 1.79 MB 2 downloadsEnergy efficiency –getting the most production...
Plant photosynthetic growth and photomorphogenesis under LED lights 390.68 KB 3 downloads...
Irrigation Drainage & Energy Management Plans (IDEMP) 4.00 KB 6 downloadsImproving water use efficiency in a production...
Irrigation & Water
Lizard Mountain Field Day Irrigation Layouts Presentation 16 November 2017 2.61 MB 2 downloadsWhat constitutes a good overhead irrigation...
Variable Frequency Drive Controllers: When they should be used 1,018.36 KB 11 downloadsVariable frequency drive (VFD) controllers...
Minor Use Permits (MUPs) for Pesticides
Nursery Production Farm Management System
Pests, Diseases & Weeds
The biology and management of Colletotrichum diseases in production nurseries 946.81 KB 9 downloadsThis fact sheet includes information on the...
The management of irrigation in a production nursery directly affects plant growth and profitability. Excessive irrigation can waste water, energy and labour, can leach nutrients, and reduce growing media aeration. Insufficient irrigation can stress the crop, affecting plant quality and reducing crop uniformity. Irrigation scheduling refers to how long, how often and when an irrigation system is operated to replenish the amount of water lost from a container since the last irrigation event.
The ability of a growing media to take up water effectively once it has dried out is critical to the growth of plants and the ability of the media to become wet again. This is known as wettability. Testing for wettability isn’t difficult and can be done at minimal cost with some basic equipment and a little bit of time. This video shows a process for carrying out a practical on-site wettability test on growing media.
Knowing the amount of water held within a growing media, referred to as Water Holding Capacity (WHC) of your growing media can help you manage irrigation scheduling more effectively and ensure plants have adequate moisture. Testing for Water Holding Capacity isn’t difficult and can be done at minimal cost with some basic equipment and a little bit of time. This video shows a process for carrying out a practical on-site water holding capacity test on growing media.
The effective management of water quality in storages needs to be flexible, and quickly react to changes in water quality. This video explains strategies that can be employed in managing water quality in water storages.
A biological water clarifier was added to a nursery water storage containing increasing levels of algae, plankton and surface floating weeds, leading to costly management and maintenance activities, crop production issues and an unpleasant odour. Water turbidity decreased, algal blooms had disappeared, and the previous unpleasant odour was no longer evident.
To achieve maximum efficiency within a potting operation and to minimise production bottlenecks, the ‘work flow’ process from potting to plant placement must be efficient. This video highlights the areas that could be considered when making improvements to the overall productivity of the plant setting out operation.
Every business faces risk, but not every business faces their risk. The Nursery Production Farm Management System (FMS) is designed assist production nurseries, greenlife markets and growing media manufacturers in planning their future through risk analysis and action planning.
The first steps in meeting the requirements of the Nursery Production Farm Management System (FMS) are gaining Nursery Industry Accreditation Scheme Australia accreditation. NIASA is the cornerstone of the Nursery Production FMS and provides a set of guidelines that ensures a business operates according to industry best practice and commits to a continuous improvement cycle.
Weeds or pest plants can have serious economic, environmental and social impacts. Weeds can reduce crop growth, compete for nutrients, water and light, harbour insect pests and pathogens, damage the aesthetics of the plant, reduce the ability to apply crop amendments, and can be one of the most significant input costs to production.
KMSI is the Knowledge Management System for Irrigation, developed by the National Centre for Engineering in Agriculture with funds provided by the Queensland Government as part of the South East Queensland Irrigation Futures project.
The Annual Report produced by HAL covers a summary of projects and detail of the various projects that have been funded from the Nursery Industry levy or Voluntary Contributions that have received matched funding investment from the Federal Government. The final reports for these projects can be accessed from the Final Report section of the website by inputing the Project Number in the search box.
The purpose of the Energy Savers program is to assist farmers in reducing energy costs by supporting the accelerated delivery of improvements in on-farm energy use.
The program will provide information on the benefits of adopting new and more efficient technologies and provide the necessary tools to manage and reduce electricity usage.