Assessing high value horticulture crop suitability
The High Value Horticulture Value Chains for the Queensland Murray Darling Basin (QMDB) project’s Activity 1 final report identifies potential horticulture crops suited to the QMDB. This was accomplished by:
- reviewing and analysing published scientific horticultural crop growth requirements
- investigating regional climate records and soil types
- determining chill hours
- reviewing water availability in the QMDB.
The potential economic viability of selected horticulture crops used gross margins analysis developed using AgMarginsTM.
A horticulture crop suitability matrix for vegetables, fruit crops, native flower, foliage and native food crops has also been developed. The crop suitability matrix details critical biophysical crop requirements and indicates the suitability or otherwise of individual crops.
This crop suitability information is complemented by production window guidelines for both annual and perennial crops suited to the QMDB.
In consultation with industry, the project team developed AgMarginsTM a crop gross margin data and an interactive web portal for a select range of horticultural and broad acre comparison crops.
The Activity 1 final report also details scientific information relating to Australia’s future climate projections specifically tailored to the QMDB.