Production & Management
Energy Savers Program An overview of energy use and cost savings in nurseries
This article discusses the results of energy audits conducted by NGIQ for the QFF Energy Savers Plus Program Extension (ESPPE) funded by the Queensland Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy.
Energy Savers Webinar
This webinar is part of the QFF Energy Savers Plus Program Extension (ESPPE) funded by the Queensland Government. It presents a brief overview of the findings across the whole program, with guest host, David Hunt from NGIQ, presenting an overview of the Nursery industry and findings from recent energy audits. David further discusses in detail propagation heating system types and discusses options to increase energy efficiency while reducing the costs of heating systems
Growing Bed Design and Installation
Constructing production growing beds to the standard recognised and encouraged under the Nursery Industry Accreditation Scheme Australia (NIASA), the nursery industry best management practice program, provides a range of significant benefits not always easily identified.
Disinfestation of Nursery Equipment and Surfaces
Disinfestation of the various equipment and surfaces used in a production nursery form the basis of sound hygiene practices. Disinfestation procedures should be an integral part of all nursery growing processes, with regular reviews being carried out to ensure practices are being implemented correctly. The following outlines recommended disinfestation procedures for nursery equipment and surfaces.
Understanding and Managing Power Factor
Power factor is the way electricity providers measure how efficiently electricity is used across the electricity network and to customers. This can also be used to measure how efficiently individual equipment uses electricity.
BMP Growing Benches
Constructing growing benches to the standard recognised and encouraged under the nursery industry best management practice program, NIASA, provides a range of significant benefits to assist in the production of quality containerised nursery stock.
BMP Growing Beds
Constructing growing beds to the standard recognised and encouraged under the nursery industry best management practice program, NIASA, provides significant benefits in the production of quality containerised nursery stock.
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. The following video describes the different potting methods used in the nursery industry.
Work Flow Efficiency
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. The following video highlights the areas that could be considered when making improvements to the overall productivity of the plant setting out operation.
Weeds or pest plants can have serious economic, environmental, and social impacts. Weeds 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.