Home' Grower : March 2011 Contents By ANTHONY FOX and
THE project facilitates access to
regional weather data and
development of management
strategies targeting factors limiting
profitability and resource sustain-
•Developing the Training to
Grow Your Business resource fold-
er targeting key issues affecting
major commodity groups and pro-
viding relevant information and
training in key grower languages.
•Facilitating WEB access and
associated training to regional
weather stations suitable for broad
acre and protective cropping appli-
Greenhouse weather station
•Demonstrating key technolo-
gies and management strategies in
commercially operated sites to
facilitate grower adoption of: sus-
tainable soil management, proac-
tive management of root zone
salinity, effective irrigation man-
agement utilising scheduling tools,
strategies for the management of
heat wave events, improved inter-
pretation skills of soil and plant tis-
Managing heatwave events
Management strategies devel-
oped through this project can be
transferable to other irrigated crop
production regions throughout
The South Australian Grower -- March 2011
This is the first of six articles about a project on the Northern Adelaide
Plains through a collaborative funding arrangement between Caring for our
Country-Commonwealth Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry,
the Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges Natural Resource Management
Board and Primary Industries and Resources South Australia.
Figure 3: Greenhouse weather
Figure 3: Peter Toome, from Adcon Telemetry and a grower with a
greenhouse weather station in a hydroponic tomato crop.
HortEx Alliance: Currently under develop-
Producers on the NAP use their
soil intensively to meet the market
demand for a constant supply of
high quality fruit and vegetables.
Crops have to be grown with
reduced supply of irrigation water
and increasing water and soil salin-
Managing root zone salinity is an
ongoing process for many produc-
ers, and is a major issue in the
NAP. Each producer has unique
combinations of soil type and
drainage, crop type, water source
and quality, irrigation system and
management, which requires tar-
geted strategies for managing
The HortEx Alliance builds
partnerships between private
enterprise, government and
grower associations for skills
development in production,
business management and
Australia experiencing similar
Data compiled from case study
sites on the NAP has been utilised
by the project team to generate
soil and salinity management fact
sheets, manuals and training mate-
Some of this material has been
translated into Khmer and
Vietnamese and delivered as a
series of workshops to English
Second Language (ESL) growers.
These materials will be made avail-
able on the AMLR NRMB, PIRSA
and HortEx Alliance websites.
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