Environmental

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Integrating soil health practices into a commercial vegetable farming operation

Vegetable growers in Australia mainly use conventional cultivation methods, including rotary hoes and disc ploughing, which are expensive and damaging to soils. Improving soil health through the use of organic composts, biofumigant cover crops, legumes and minimum tillage can increase …

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Root nodules on Morgan Field peas which are coverting nitrogen from the air into a form plants can use RGB

Improving sustainability through no-till permanent bed vegetable production systems

A no-till farming system was developed to increase the sustainability of horticultural cropping systems. Trials around Australia examined bed formation, irrigation systems, soil testing and base fertiliser application, selection and management of cover crops, transplanting and growing the main crop. Read how savings can be made and soil improved …

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Managing the impacts of climate on the Australian vegetable industry

Climate variability and change will affect growers and the industry as it impacts rainfall, temperatures, extreme weather events, pollination, pests, growing seasons, incidence of frost and more. This review identified actions growers and the industry can take to safeguard against climate related threats for specific vegetable crops across Australia.

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Producing fish feed from vegetable waste

Australians love fish and seafood! Consumption almost doubled between 1975 and 2010 and is likely to continue to grow. Increased aquaculture is needed to meet this demand. Most aquaculture species are still fed on fishmeal made from wild caught fish. …

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