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Reducing transplant shock in lettuce

Reducing transplant shock in lettuce
13 May 2016

Transplant shock is a check in growth that can occur when seedlings are transplanted from the seedling tray into the field. Stresses due to root damage, changed environment or water stress can all contribute to transplant shock. Significant transplant shock can result in poor plant stands and a lower percentage cut of good quality lettuce.

This fact sheet provides guidance on the ideal age of transplants and tips for avoiding transplant shock.

Management of blindness in lettuce seedlings

Management of blindness in lettuce seedlings
12 May 2016

Blindness occurs when the main apical shoot or growing tip of the lettuce is lost during the seedling’s early growth. It is also sometimes called multiple heading or apical meristem decline.

This fact sheet covers key information, such as:
- How much of a problem is this disorder?
- What does a blind lettuce look like?
- What causes blindness?
- How to control blindness.

Pre-harvest effects on the quality of babyleaf spinach

Pre-harvest effects on the quality of babyleaf spinach
11 Apr 2016

One of the key issues with babyleaf spinach is how to deliver this popular leafy vegetable to consumers in good condition. For this to happen, growers must first produce high quality spinach, and this quality must be maintained throughout the supply chain until it’s used by the consumer.

This fact sheet explores the three most significant pre-harvest factors that affect spinach post-harvest quality and shelf-life. These are growth rate of crop, variety, and minimum night temperature during the growing period.

Pre-harvest effects on lettuce quality

Pre-harvest effects on lettuce quality
11 Apr 2016

Lettuce is an important horticultural crop in Australia, with an annual production over 160 million tonnes and a total gross value of $140 million. Lettuce is regularly purchased by 80% of consumers in Australia.

The key quality attributes for whole and fresh-cut lettuce are moisture loss, shrivelling, colour (browning, bleaching of the green colour), off-odours, and off-flavour formation, breakdown and microbiological contamination.

This fact sheet will assist you to address these key quality attributes through important pre-harvest crop management such as developing a crop planting schedule, mineral nutrition, tip burn management, deficit irrigation, floating row covers and light.

Blankets for vegetables: Using frost cloth to protect plants from weather

Blankets for vegetables: Using frost cloth to protect plants from weather
21 Mar 2016

This fact sheet explains how floating row covers can be used to protect crops from frost and other weather extremes, while at the same time protecting crops from insect pests.

Weed management in vegetables

Weed management in vegetables
15 Dec 2015

Weeds increase the cost of growing vegetables, reduce crop yield and quality, and impact farm management decisions, such as timing of harvest and choice of herbicide options.

Internal rot in capsicum: Causes and control

Internal rot in capsicum: Causes and control
27 Oct 2015

Internal rot in capsicum is an infection on the seeds, placenta or internal wall(s) of capsicum red fruit. Normally, symptoms are only seen once the fruit is cut open. The external appearance of the fruit is completely normal.

The disease leads to downgrades and rejections of fruit on the market, and affected fruit often progress right through the supply chain, to consumers.

The purpose of this factsheet is to bring together the most up to date information on the cause(s), control and prevention of internal rot in capsicums.

How to conduct your own field trials

How to conduct your own field trials
28 Sep 2015

A well-planned and managed on-farm trial is a great way to test new ideas, products, and equipment. But, to provide meaningful information, even a simple on-farm trial takes time to plan and carry-out.

To find out how to get the most out of your on-farm trial please refer to this fact sheet developed by the New South Wales Department of Primary Industries.

A Guide to Effective Weed Control in Australian Brassicas

A Guide to Effective Weed Control in Australian Brassicas
31 May 2015

This brochure is a guide to integrated weed management in Australian broccoli, cauliflower and Brussels sprout crops. It provides an overview of weed management methods in these crops based on research conducted for Horticulture Australia Limited. There are 3 key steps to effective weed management. These are:
1. Plan your rotations
2. Identify your weeds
3. Develop your weed management strategy