Australia is now regarded internationally as the largest producer of hydroponic lettuce in the world with over 180 acres under cultivation. Our hydroponic strawberry cultivation is larger than that of the United States and our flower industry is almost as large as the lucrative American market.
So, is hydroponics a good business to get into? And is it a growth industry? YES!
HYDRO MASTA has provided many successful businesses with information, equipment, technical support, system design, nutrient/water analysis, site visits and evaluations as well as all the necessary consumables such as crop specific nutrients. We are backed up commercially by a company that has over 17 years experience in the industry, including hands-on experience managing commercial strawberry and lettuce farms that have positioned themselves at the forefront of commercial hydroponic installations in Australia.
Who else but HYDRO MASTA can you trust to nurture your hydroponic venture from start to finish?But before you run out and hock everything to fund this venture, you need to consider a few things. You must thoroughly research the business you are getting into, for example, how much will it cost to set up? What do I grow ? Will I be able to sell it for a good price? Will I have enough demand? These and many more considerations need to be answered before you spend large amounts of your hard earned dollars.
It is important when considering the possibility of farming hydroponically, whether on a small or large scale, that you seek advice from as many qualified people as possible such as other farmers as well as your local Department of Agriculture. Maybe even trial a small system to get the hang of it. It's easy, but you have to learn how to use it properly, and how to get the correct balance of nutrients for the flavor and healthy growth of your plants, as well as how to recognise problems when they arise.
Also be wary of purchasing second hand commercial systems, unless you have made enquiries about the type of system you will need you may be spending money on a system that isn't suitable for the crop you wish to grow. With hydroponics being a relatively young industry, there has been some bad press with a few commercial systems designed and installed by so called hydroponic specialists which simply don't work. You may be buying one of these, so be cautious.
Successful commercial hydroponic growers, (and there are some who have made fortunes), have all done their research first! And Hydro Masta can assist you in making the right decisions. So if you are serious about a future in hydroponics, contact Hydro Masta as your first step on the right track to success.
IMPORTANT POINTS TO CONSIDER WHEN CHOOSING A SUITABLE SITE
The direction the land slopes in is very important when planning a hydroponic installation. The steepness of the slope plays an important role when choosing the size of the pump. The location and level of the water table on the property is important when considering the site best suited for the system reservoir.
This will dictate the type of crop that can be grown and any crop protection that may be necessary, i.e. hail netting for hail protection. Points to consider in this area are: prevailing wind directions and speed, temperature range i.e. lowest, highest and average. Frost frequency and degree of frost, annual rainfall and hailstorms will all effect your crop. Make sure you known your area.
Annual Weather Patterns
It is essential before anything else that you have the water source tested. Just because you can drink it, doesn't mean it's suitable for hydroponics. Accent Hydroponics offer a laboratory service for water analysis and full report. If you have already had a water test, we would be happy to comment on its suitability. If you are buying a property for your venture, be sure to have the available water source tested BEFORE considering the property. It could save you financially!
An important factor which may determine the type of crop you actually grow is the market. This will be governed by undertaking extensive market research.
Ask these questions before making a decision:
Consider carefully the crop that you have established as to its potential in view of the market and whether you would like to work with it. Contact either your local Department of Agriculture or Accent Hydroponics for information on crop yields. Don't believe yields quoted by 'hydroponic consultants' without checking them first. Initially, it is best to concentrate on one crop only. This minimises problems and reduces the need for multiple remedies should problems arise. A grower devoting all his attention to one crop will usually be more profitable.
There are many types of growing systems which can be designed to suit the type of plant you wish to grow. There are also many types of older systems which were originally used but later found to be ineffective after a few years of use. This includes round pipe systems and some vertical bag systems.
Windbreaks required for systems can only be determined by observation of local weather patterns of the proposed property. Cost for reinforced 5m high windbreak is approximately $50 per lineal metre and includes cost of installation, but does not include travel expenses, meals or accommodation.
Birdnetting should only be required on commercial farms producing fruit or berries vulnerable to bird attack. Also very effective in stopping penetration of the Helothis Grub/Butterfly. White bird net (21mm x 16mm). Cost after installation of windbreak (windbreak acts as walls for bird netting) is approximately $6.00 per square metre.