All mechanical systems require monitoring and maintenance to keep them operating at peak efficiency. Regular sprinkler and drip system ‘catchcan’ tests, and pump performance assessments are key tools in identifying and addressing maintenance issues within any irrigation system.
The potting operation is a major component of most production nursery operations. Increasing the overall efficiency of the potting process can free up resources for use in other parts of the business and improve plant quality. This video describes the different potting methods used in the nursery industry.
Phosyn Analytical was established in 2001 and provides nutritional analysis of soil, plant tissue (including fruit, vegetables and grains) and water samples across the agricultural, horticultural, amenity and environmental sectors.
Permit to control Anthracnose, Downy mildew, Grey mould, Leaf spots, Leaf blotch, Phoma, Phytophthora, Rhizoctonia, rusts, Sclerotinia rot, Seporia leaf spot and Myrtle rusts in (non food) nursery stock.
pH and Electrical Conductivity meters are extremely useful pieces of equipment used to measure and monitor basic chemical characteristics of water and growing media. Regular and correct calibration of this equipment is necessary to ensure the results are as accurate as possible. The following video describes the basic procedures for calibrating pH and EC meters.
Permit to allow minor use of an Agvet chemical product for control of silverleaf and sweet potato whitefly on nursery stock and tomato and pepper seedlings; Permit number PER13953.
Nutrient charting is a powerful tool for managing the nutrition of nursery crops. Even though the procedures are quick, inexpensive and can be done on site, nutrient charting can provide valuable early warning of nutritional disorders. The procedure is based on ‘quick tests’ to interpret key nutritional trends in the plant or growing media, which are easily measured at regular intervals over the life of the crop.This Nursery Paper explains what nutrient charting ISSUE is, the tests involved and how to interpret the results.
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.
Many production nurseries fail to regularly review hygiene standards and as a result underlying and insidious problems are not obvious until it is too late. Hygiene problems in propagation can easily affect plants for their entire life. Preventing the spread of plant pathogens results in fewer pest and/or disease problems and a reduced need for using pesticides.
This fact sheet discusses constructing production nursery growing benches to the standard recognised and encouraged under NIASA, the nursery industry best management practice (BMP) program.
The beneficial interactions between fungi and plants roots are called mycorrhizal associations. In the soil in the ground or in growing media in containers, mycorrhizal fungi link the plant’s roots to the soil/growing media and facilitate the movement of nutrients into the plant’s roots.
Frost damage to nursery crops across Australia is a continuing issue with recent frosting events occurring in previously believed ‘frost free’ areas.
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.
General nursery hygiene procedures in the past have been based on information derived from scattered sources and were generally not tested on the range of pests and diseases relevant for the Australian nursery industry. A research project commissioned by NIAA and HRDC has defined the disinfection methods that will ensure clean working surfaces in the nursery. These procedures will also be used for NIASA accreditation.
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.
Construction of growing beds within a production area to NIASA accreditation standards may be slightly more expensive, but is soon recognised as a sound investment when a range of potential benefits are considered. The fact sheet provides some suggestions on preparing an area for the development of a growing bench or bed.
When setting up a growing area, the way the beds are constructed has a great bearing on the efficiency of use and the longevity of the beds. The aim in building a good nursery growing area is to create a stable surface that disposes of drainage water as quickly as possible. This minimises water pooling and allows for efficient collection of water for recycling or reuse.
Greenhouse design structures vary considerably, from Gable and Sawtooth to Tunnel and Raised Dome options. In addition, many environment control options also exist.
pH and Electrical Conductivity (EC) meters are extremely useful pieces of equipment used to measure and monitor basic chemical characteristics of water and growing media.
Hygiene procedures are paramount for the control of plant pests, pathogens and weeds in any production nursery, greenlife market and growing media manufacturer. Effective hygiene and disinfestation protocols must be developed for the successful control of biosecurity issues, in high risk production situations.
Hygiene procedures are paramount for the control of plant pests, pathogens and weeds in any production nursery, greenlife market and growing media manufacturer. Effective hygiene and disinfestation protocols must be developed, to successfully control biosecurity issues in high risk production situations.
Analysing plant tissue, soil, growing media, water and hydroponic solutions produces numerous benefits to the grower: a proven process to achieve much healthier and stronger crop growth with higher yields and added disease resistance; production becomes more efficient as growth improves due to less plant stress and less disease control measures; and minimised crop loss.