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June 28, Gatton

Australia: Water and energy efficiency field day for flower growers

The Flower Association will be hosting a field day on Water and Energy Efficiency for cut flower farming in the Lockyer Valley region of Queensland, Australia on June 28, 2017.The free field day will provide information about ways growers can monitor and improve their water and energy efficiency. The.....

Cleanlight

"90% of crop protection products removed from water by oxidation"

Emission and purification of crop protection products has received a lot of attention in recent years. The regulations increasingly restrict the entrepreneur, and high emissions could further limit the product range in the future.To solve this issue, in 2014, Dutch company CleanLight developed a water.....

Dramm offers optional nozzle extensions for TracFog

Dramm now offers an optional nozzle extension for its line of TracFog PTO driven fog systems. These nozzle extensions extend the nozzle outlet so that the fogger can easily treat individual Quonset greenhouses from the doorway just by driving alongside.The nozzle extensions thread onto the standard outlets.....

NL: New semi-automatic watering robot for narrow pipe-rails

At the request of a customer, De Vette CV has developed a semi-automatic watering robot specifically suited for nurseries with a narrow pipe-rail system whereby the edges of the beds are watered selectively.Odd dimensions"We have a number of spray/watering robots in our assortment, but this customer was.....

US (FL): UF researcher offers tips for surviving country’s worst drought

Concern is growing among state residents as Florida experiences the worst drought in the country, according the U.S. Drought Monitor. Sixty-six percent of the state is now in a drought, the highest percentage of any U.S. state, the agency reports.Scientists and Extension agents with the University of Florida.....

How clean is your purified water really?

More and more growers are working to organize collective purification of waste water. But how do you know if the water is purified properly?Groen Agro Control does the monitoring of purification plants. For BZG-assessment is primarily about the breakdown of pesticides. Also other characteristics are.....

Australia: Producing more with less

When specialist perennial wholesale business Cameron’s Nursery ran out of water for a second time during the 1990s due to prolonged drought and no access to potable water, owners Sonja and Andy Cameron began researching new ways to capture and recycle water, to ensure it didn’t happen again.Located.....

Scientists claim plants can hear water

Scientists are studying and confirming that plants may actually have the ability to sense sounds, like flowing water in a pipe ― or even buzzing insects.Researchers at the University of Western Australia have conducted experiments which point to the possibility that some plants may actually detect.....

Stolze ventures into Azerbaijan with Stolze Caspian

Stolze is a supplier and installer of technical systems within the international horticulture. The company, with its roots in Westland, The Netherlands, has clients in all major horticultural areas in the world.Due to growing scale enlargements and professionalization, it becomes increasingly important for.....

by Roberto Lopez and Kellie Walters

Improving the efficacy of ethephon PGR spray applications

Air temperature at application and carrier water alkalinity can influence the efficacy of your ethephon plant growth regulator (PGR) applications.by Roberto Lopez, and Kellie Walters, Michigan State University, Department of HorticultureUntreated geranium (top) and geranium treated with ethephon (bottom)......

New podcast explores agricultural impact on soil and water

Farmers are looking at agronomics from a different point of view. They know that the future of their land, and its potential to achieve higher yields and healthier crops, is firmly rooted in the sustainable best practices they implement today.Groundswell, a new podcast series by www.GroundWork.ag, takes a.....

MIT develops new way to clear pollutants from water

When it comes to removing very dilute concentrations of pollutants from water, existing separation methods tend to be energy- and chemical-intensive. Now, a new method developed at MIT could provide a selective alternative for removing even extremely low levels of unwanted compounds.The new approach is.....

Unique geothermal project started in the Netherlands

This is an innovative project involving boring into the Trias geological layer to reach hot water at 4 km depth. Royal FloraHolland growers will soon pump up this water to heat their greenhouses and other buildings in a sustainable manner and for a stable cost price.The boring at the Lange Boekweg in.....

EPA asks States for input on new WOTUS rule

With the proposal to withdraw the Waters of the U.S. rule under review by the White House Office of Management and Budget, the Environmental Protection Agency is asking states to share with the agency what they think a new rule should look like.EPA and the U.S. Army sent a letter to state governors on May 9.....