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…

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…

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,…

How to flush your irrigation lines?

Flushing constitutes an important maintenance routine. In micro-irrigation systems, provisions must be made to flush mains, submains and lateral lines to remove settled sediments. Mainline should be flushed at scour valve locations, whilst submains are flushed at slushing points usually located at the ends of the lines while the system is running and allow water…

How to calculate Readily Available Water – RAW

What is RAW? Readily available water (RAW) is the water that a plant can easily extract from the soil. RAW is the soil moisture held between field capacity and a nominated refill point for unrestricted growth. In this range of soil moisture, plants are neither waterlogged or water-stressed.  Plant roots will continue to take water…

The importance of Boron & Calcium in Olive Trees

In the lead up to flowering, you need to ensure your trees have adequate nutrition, particularly of Boron and Calcium.  A lack of Boron and Calcium may lead to decreased fruit set, oil quality and oil stability. The application of Boron and Calcium can never be overstressed.  It is a requirement for your trees. In Brief A study on…

Olive Growing: Soil biology as a part of soil health.

Soil organisms contribute to soil structure, water holding capacity, pH and nutrient availability, while the physical and chemical soil environment determines what organisms can live in the soil profile.  There is a strong interaction between all of these components, where changes in one aspect will influence others!  The holistic approach of looking at the soil…

Can Olive Lace Bug defoliate olive trees?

Hi Amanda, About our recent phone call to sort out our issues with our trees. Just thought I would send you some photos of my trees at Temora. Not sure if they are past help or not, certainly very sad. Spent yesterday modifying my paddock spray boom to spray trees. It looks as though it…

Function of Nutrients and getting the right balance

Some of the Nutrients and what they do for your trees   Nitrogen is needed to form the protein in the plant or the basis of cell multiplication as growth and life itself.  An excess of nitrogen will cause potassium deficiency. Phosphorus like nitrogen is needed for growth. Potassium serves, particularly in carbohydrate production.  Taken…

Why Soil & Leaf Tests are Important for Olive Trees?

SOIL & LEAF ANALYSIS – Why Analyse? Analysing your soil will provide essential information on the soils nutritional status.  This enables a more accurate decision for fertiliser and micronutrient application(s) to maximise the quantity and quality of crop yields. A comprehensive measurement of available levels of macro and micronutrients such as nitrogen, calcium, magnesium, potassium, sodium,…

4 Factors That Will Set You Up For Next Olive Harvest

  Marcelo Berlanda and I were talking about the need for proper implementation of key areas of grove management.  It must be stressed that if any of these areas are lacking then production in your grove can be greatly affected, even to the extent of non-production of a commercial grove. In reflection, this is the…

5 Tips for Starting Out with your New Olive Grove

If you are just starting out in the Olive Industry and you have a new grove to care for,  you are probably wondering where to start? Here are our 5 tips for you….. 1.  “Get the right advice as this will save you more money & time in the long term” 2.  Where to obtain…