Author: Australian Olives

Spotted something unusual in your grove? Sharp eyed OliveCare® member Jackie Courmadias of Golden Creek Olives, Victoria spotted this in her olive grove: The insect on the left is obviously Black Olive Scale Saissetia oleae, a common and potentially destructive pest of olives – but what is...

3 April 2021 The Australian Olive Association (AOA) has convened a series of 6 of ground-breaking field days across Australia. The field days emphasised the important role of healthy soils in producing healthy trees and lifting grove productivity. At Lentara Grove, Exeter, TAS. A small but enthusiastic group...

MANAGEMENT OF OLIVE LACE BUG: (Froggattia olivinia) Olive Lace Bug: https://olivebiz.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/OLIVE-LACE-BUG.pdf OLB Management: If required, lace bug can be targeted by judicious use of insecticides.  Several, including pyrethrum and potassium soap may be organically acceptable inputs.  Sprays need to be targeted at young nymphal stages, so monitoring...

Ref: [1]IPDM Project Resources and how to access them by Robert Spooner-Hart et al (2020). Ref: [2]Olive IPDM Best Practice Manual - by Robert Spooner-Hart et al (2020). Ref: [3]OliveCare® Best Practice Checklists: Integrated Pest and Disease Management (IPDM). The recommended approach to pest and disease management for...

February 2021 The three most common and potentially destructive insect pests found in Australian olive groves are: Black Scale  Saissetia oleae. Frequently associated with Sooty Mould (Photos: OliVera) Ref: [1]IPDM Resources (OL17001): Olive Black Scale Flier by Robert Spooner-Hart et al (2020). Ref: [2]IPDM Resources (OL17001): Field Guide (Second Edition)...

February 2021 Table olives are recognized worldwide as a unique foodstuff (1,2). Their history predates written records and it is likely that hunter and gatherer populations would have eaten over-ripe olives directly from the wild olive tree or those that had fallen to the ground. The...

February 2021 Lentara Grove is one of Tasmania's oldest olive groves, located in Tasmania's beautiful Tamar Valley, near Exeter, 30 minutes north of Launceston.  In 2015 Lentara Grove came up for sale, offering over 700 mature olive trees on 20 hectares and with established processing facilities...

Food regulation in South Australia Food safety in South Australia is looked after by a number of agencies under various legislation. All of these agencies work closely together to ensure that food safety is maintained in South Australia across the food chain – from primary...

Composting: Composting animal manures and agricultural waste is not a new process, but is one which has regained focus around the world. This is because environmental issues are forcing the reduction of use of raw manure and we have rediscovered that there are good scientific...