Is your spraying equipment well adjusted?

Orchard Spray Equipment:  Set Up and Calibration by Dr Greg O’Sullivan   Efficient pest and disease management require the setting up and calibration of spray equipment so that application of pesticides is controlled and accurate. With correctly set up and calibrated equipment an operator can accurately control the quantity of chemical and volume of water…

About Olive Lace Bug – Froggattia Olivinia

Olive lace bugs are sap seeking insects that feed on the underside of leaves. They cause a yellow mottling to the leaves surface, which usually turns brown and drops off. They can cause severe loss of energy, defoliation and reduced fruit yield. The pest is native to New South Wales and South Queensland, but are…

Do hormones play a role in Alternate Bearing of Olive Trees?

At the 2017 Olive Exposium, a presentation made by Paul Vossen, Emeritus Olive Consultant, brought up a pertinent point about hormone deficiency and the role they play in unproductive olive trees.  This is the first time some of the delegates heard this concept.  Here is an abstract and details about a study from Turkey and…

How to Prune for Mechanical Olive Shaker Harvesting?

Information has been provided by Barilla Contract Orchard Harvesting to provide insightful tips to achieving a successful and efficient olive harvest through pruning techniques to ensure an efficient olive harvest. Why prune olive trees? There are many reasons why you would want to incorporate a plan for pruning, here are a few reasons why; To…

Wrap up of 2017 Olive Exposium

In case you missed it, here is the wrap up of the Olive Exposium 2017, the only International and Australian Olive Industry event hosted in Australia. Spirits were high at McLaren Vale in the stunning Fleurieu Peninsula during 7-9th February where more than 110 industry experts, influencers, growers, distributors, producers, marketers, researchers and suppliers worldwide…

Factors affecting your olive harvest

For olive oil production, it is very important not to irrigate for the weeks leading up to harvest as the moisture content of the fruit can be too high, the optimum moisture content is 50%. Plump olives are sometimes full of water, not oil. The high water content makes the extraction of oil more difficult…

TAX: Claiming the Research and Development Tax Incentive for agricultural activities

This Alert has been jointly developed by the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) and Department of Industry, Innovation and Science. The Research and Development (R&D) Tax Incentive is jointly administered by Innovation and Science Australia (supported by AusIndustry within the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science) and the ATO. Description The ATO and AusIndustry are reviewing…

Australian Bureau of Statistics has released regional profiles

ABARES has produced a series of individual profiles of the agricultural, forestry and fisheries industries in your region. Based on the regional boundaries set by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, each regional profile presents an overview of the agriculture, fisheries and forestry sectors in the region and the recent financial performance of the broadacre and,…

A new government website dedicated to Climate Change for Australian Primary Producers

5 Major elements of THE LONG PADDOCK website include; Webinars.. read more Watch recorded webinars that showcase some science and products developed by our scientists. Topics include: remote sensing and ground cover, scientific capability in grazing land systems, a national grass production model (AussieGRASS), climate risk assessment, learning from history in climate & grazing management,…