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Consumer videos on beneficial Beneficial insects

Videos Paul Gazzola: Insect pests in vegetables, Mornington Peninsula, Victiria Peter Schreurs: Lettuce at Devon Meadows, Victoria Stuart Grigg:  Broccoli at Werribee Victoria This project examined consumer attitudes to insect contamination of vegetables, and whether there is likely to be …

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The effects of no-till vegetable farming on greenhouse gas emissions and soil carbon

This project measured greenhouse gas emissions and soil carbon levels from lettuce, broccoli, cabbage and potato crops and methods developed to collect greenhouse gas emission data.

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Managing water for yield and profit

The training guide produced gives information and tools to help growers manage crop water use to maximise returns, minimise production risks, and to calculate the real value of the water applied.

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An investigation of low cost protective cropping

Prolonged heat waves and other extreme weather events can seriously impact vegetable quality, reducing grower profit and interrupting supply. Low cost protective structures can potentially fill the gap between open field production and full controlled-environment production.

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On-farm power generation – options for vegetable growers

Australian vegetable growers are major electricity users, with electricity costing the average farm over $50,000 annually. This project provides accurate estimates of costs and returns for generating electricity on farm.

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