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…

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…