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…

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…

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…

How Heat, Light and Oxygen Harm Extra Virgin Olive Oil

The bottom line in The Effect of Storage Conditions on Extra Virgin Olive Oil Quality (PDF) is that olive oil should be stored at cool temperatures, away from light and without exposure to oxygen. “Not just in the short term, but throughout the life of the oil, which includes during the transport, storage and marketing…

Planning to Market olive oil – marketing to plan!

With this season starting to come to an end it’s time to assess what product(s) will be available as new season.  Do you have any surplus products as of last season?  How do you prepare your marketing for the year ahead? Again, I am aware that many of you will face challenges with the primary…

Understanding Processing Aids for use in Olive Oil Production

In this article, I refer many times to Commercial Growers as I receive many queries from Small to Medium growers and processors who often wonder how the larger companies can achieve accelerated & consistent results.  Below are some tips to help improve the qualitative and quantitative results of olive oil processing. Nowadays, it is common…

Talc: Why Talc in Olive Oil Production?

Talc: is a hydrated calcium magnesium silicate, a naturally occurring inert mineral product, which is milled to different microns. Talc is normally used when moisture contents are high in your olive fruit or maturation points are swaying towards overripe (i.e. later in the season). Talc helps aid in proper malaxation during these types of conditions.  Talc…

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…

A Brief History of Olives In Australia

The history of olive farming in Australia dates back to the early  1800’s. Olives were probably first planted in groves around 1805 in  Parramatta near Sydney.  Olives and olive oil have been traded among the civilisations throughout the world for centuries, so it seems probable that many of the ships arriving on our shores would…