Environmental

gas sampling

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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floating covers and barrier

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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Solar panels and wind farms

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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Qfly egg laying in chilli

New in-field treatment solutions to control fruit fly

Fruit flies are considered the world’s most serious group of horticultural pests. The withdrawal of insecticides dimethoate and fenthion has made it increasingly challenging for growers to prevent infestation of fruiting vegetable crops and meet stringent market access requirements.

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