Those Pesky Birds in the Olive Grove!

Here is an experience from one of our Growers in Queensland who has had success with Bird Control in Olives: “After trying almost every bird scaring devices in the last 5-10 years which included Gas Guns, Sound recorded scare devices, running out into the grove every 30 mins with ATV’s to scare them away, placing…

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…

Olive Tree Plant Pathology & Bio-security

If you have a strange happening in your grove and it is a task for Plant Pathology, please contact directly; Len Tesoriero is a plant pathologist who researches diseases of horticultural crops. He has a strong interest in protecting Australian horticulture’s biosecurity through accurate diagnostic support and surveillance for exotic disease threats. CONTACT DETAILS: Dr…

Help, I have Black marks on the trunks on my olive trees, what do I do?

Hi Amanda,

Please help, we are based in the Hunter Valley and it appears that where moisture runs through the tree is where the problem is (see pictures). It doesn’t look like sooty mould but we had scale and olive lace bug issues. The trees are in urgent need of care. What is the black on the trunks and what do I do? P NSW

What are these blemishes or marks on my olive fruit?

I’ve just received these photos in the mail from a grower in VIC and located South of Melbourne. GROWER QUESTION: What are these marks on my olive fruit? ABOUT: I’ve been out on my grove in the last week and noticed these blemishes/spots on my fruit. I’m not sure what this is but these appeared…

What is Peacock Spot in Olives?

What can happen in an olive grove that can contribute to the signs and symptoms of Peacock Spot? During a summer-long past, the casual inspection of a Kalamata tree in a home garden suggested a shortage of water at the roots of the tree. The shorter than normal distance between one set of buds and…

New Bugs plus Anthracnose equals Huge Crop Loss

Table Olives a new target! Research by Summerland Olive Products into table olive crop losses of up to 95% from ineffective control of Anthracnose and other Fungal disease has revealed a Bug is causing a significant part of the initial problem.   Anthracnose and other Fungal diseases appear to be secondary infections at sites where Bug…