Cropping Systems

Targets

  • To discover and implement the latest developments in labour use, automation and engineering.

  • Optimise cropping systems through staff training, motivation and innovation.

  • To improve glasshouse and infrastructure design to ensure continuing development and optimisation of cropping systems.

  • To improve understanding and optimisation of the aerial environment.

  • To improve understanding and optimisation of the rhizosphere.

  • To achieve zero production of non-recyclable waste entering air, water, soil or landfill.

Strategies

  • To establish best practice and innovation through engagement with developments in a global context.

  • Collate information from researchers and suppliers on improved 'precision management' of cropping systems.

  • Improve humidity control efficiency.

  • Develop novel growing systems.

  • Drive research into glasshouse and packhouse robotics.

  • Monitor technical developments in lighting and provide information to inform decisions.

  • Provide information on closed irrigation systems and their implementation.

  • Monitor and research improved control of fertigation.

  • Research work with modellers to improve yield prediction.

  • Minimise waste at every stage of production and maximise the use of re-usable, recyclable and renewable inputs.

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