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,…

Discussion smoking point of olive oil…

Smoke point is the temperature at which oil shows a visible and continuous veil of visible smoke? The reason it does this is because the fatty acids break away from the glycerol as the oil is heated. Glycerol then goes through a transformation to form acrolein (it loses H2O). Free fatty acids can also be…

GROWING OLIVES: Research confirms importance of right Olive Oil Storage

When it comes to oil storage you need to consider the impacts on quality in relation to the proposed storage to be used. This article is about some of the latest research as funded by RIRDC to determine the best storage for your oil. Remember just because a manufacturer states the container(s) are food-grade doesn’t…

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…