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tank for use on soil-grown crops.
What's changed after converting?
• Start picking sooner.
• Hydroponic crop produces 15-20 tr usses
over 12 months, no down time, in soil
grow two crops for 10-12 trusses with
downtime in between crops.
• Quicker turnaround time between crops.
• Increased water and fertiliser use
efficiency where recirculating.
What hasn't changed after converting?
• Extremes of climate still limit production
in greenhouses without climate control.
• Still get foliar diseases like powdery
mildew and botrytis.
Challenges so far
• Getting run-off percentage right,
especially in hot weather.
• Ensuring even irrigation throughout the
• Keeping up with pruning and twisting,
especially in cucumber crops.
• Capturing enough rainwater to
supplement bore water.
• Planting time is still key -- if plant the
wrong time of year then can't take full
advantage of your investment in
The project was facilitated by HAL in
partnership with AUSVEG and funded by
the National Vegetable Levy. The Federal
Government provided matching funding
for all HAL's R&D activities.
Details: Kaye Ferguson 08 8303 9627 or
Copies of Issue 1 newsletter available on request
Site 3 -- Trench system
Site 3 -- Cucumbers three weeks after transplanting
Site 2 -- Tomatoes
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