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…

Olives: Chilling Injury

I’ve had many ask what happens to olives if we get a frost… here is some information about ‘Olive Chilling Injury Occurrence The incidence and severity of chilling injury (CI) on fresh olives depend on storage temperature and duration as well as cultivar. The order of susceptibility to CI is Sevillano (most susceptible) – Ascolano…

Factors to Consider for Establishing a New Olive Grove

“Get the right advice the first time as this will save you time and money for years to come” Planting an olive grove is not about digging holes in the ground than sitting back, watching and waiting.  Your preparation is fundamental to successful production! So here are our 5 factors to consider before you consider…

Olive Alliance Field Day Update – Alan Hillier Grove Waikerie SA

The Olive Alliance field day as hosted by Agromillora Australia, Olive-tec & The Olive Centre showing around 50 Olive Growers from Australia and New Zealand through the Riverland region of South Australia.  The Alan Hillier Grove featured in this update was one of the newly planted groves in the region. Here is a video of…

47 Olive Growers tour the Canberra Region in the name of research

Canberra ACT – On the 29th November the Olive Alliance Field Day toured through the Canberra region from Jeir to Collector. 47 growers travelled from the Hunter Valley, Falls Creek, Sydney, Wagga Wagga & Canberra region, and took part in the “Olive Alliance Field Day”.  The day was a great success where the Olive Alliance…

Why is my olive fruit so small? Do I have Shotberries?

Contacted by a grower who has this problem with their olive fruit this season:  We experienced a problem with our olives.  We had a leaf and soil test done and is within the parameters. The trees flowered extremely well; however, in most of the trees although the flower did set the fruit does not grow….

When pruning with a saw why use a Straight or Curved Blade?

I’ve been working in the horticultural equipment industry and it is amazing a number of times you see the wrong tools being used for the job.  It ends up that a grower may not be comfortable using the equipment and not get the efficiency from the tool.  Today we are going to look at Pruning…

Secateurs why choose an anvil, bypass/parrot-beak or double blade type?

There are varying qualities of secateurs from budget to professional quality.  But why are there different types of blades fitted to secateurs?  Usually, the range extends from bypass (or parrot-beak type), anvil and double blade. Bypass or Parrot-beak secateurs:  as the name suggests the blade bypasses the counter blade to make a cut.  (i.e. the…

Explaining Curculio Beetle or Apple Weevil in Olives!

Common Name:  Curculio Beetle or Apple Weevil Scientific name:  ‘Otiorrhynchus Cirbricollis’ One of the species of the Weevil family Curculionidae and is a native to the Mediterranean. In Australia, Curculio beetles or Apple Weevils are mainly known amongst Olive Growers in South Australia and Western Australia. Curculio Beetle is nocturnal so damage will occur during…