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NSW Riverina Soil Field Day

September 19 @ 8:30 am - 6:00 pm

$40 – $50

Healthy Soils – Healthy and Productive Groves Field Day Program: NSW Riverina

Sunday 19 September 2021 – Wollundry Grove, 15 Mary Gilmore Rd, Brucedale, NSW. 

Grove Hosts – Bruce Spinks & Joo-Yee Lieu



  • Registration: from 8.30 am at Wollundry Grove Cellar Door (Please park vehicles in the designated area
  • Refreshments on arrival
  • Commence: 9.00 am (sharp)

AM Welcome, introductions, grove walk and soil and leaf nutrition sampling:

9.00 AM Session 1 (40 min): Introduction:

  • “Setting the scene & defining the problem” – Michael Southan (AOA CEO)
  • An introduction to Wollundry Grove with owners Bruce Spinks and Joo-Yee Lieu
  • An introduction to on-farm biosecurity issues with Michael Southan(AOA CEO)
  • “Lifting grove productivity and OliveCare®grove best practice checklists” – Peter McFarlane(OliveCare® Administrator)

 9.40 PM Session 2 (100 min) Grove Walk: “Grove innovations and management issues”, including:

  • Maintaining a productive tree canopy including a demonstration of renovation pruning with Andrew Taylor(Pendleton Estate) & Bruce Spinks (Wollundry Grove) (60 min).
  • Monitoring grove temperature and soil moisture, and managing heat and frost events with John Pargeter (Swan Systems), Andrew Taylor(Pendleton Estate) & Bruce Spinks (Wollundry Grove) (20 min).
  • Introduction to grove nutrition, inter row management, mulching and the benefits of building soil carbon with John Barton (Charton & Bang, Research & Development), Bruno Holzapfel NSWDPI and Dr Jason Condon CSU (Soils Scientists), & Bruce Spinks (Wollundry Grove) (20 min) – also see Session 3 and Session 5.

11.20 AM Break for refreshments: (20 Minutes)

11.40 PM Session 3 (60 Min): Soil and Leaf nutrition sampling, analysis and interpretation with Bruno Holzapfel NSWDPI and Dr Jason Condon CSU (Soils Scientists), Andrew Taylor (Pendleton Estate), and Bruce Spinks (Wollundry Grove):

  • Inspection of a soil profile trench
  • How to sample grove soils for nutrition analysis – how when where?
  • Interpreting soil analysis reports including pH
  • How to sample the grove for a leaf analysis – how when where?
  • Interpreting leaf analysis reports
  • Nutrient deficiency symptoms
  • Planning a grove nutrition program including use of soil conditioners

PM: Soils, making and using compost, field day evaluation:

12.40 PM Break for Lunch(60 Minutes): With exhibitor demonstrations:

  • Grove monitoring and measuring equipment demonstration with John Pargeter (Swan Systems)

1.40 PM Session 4 (100 Min): Utilising grove organic waste, making and using compost with John Barton (Charton & Bang, Research & Development)

3.20 PM Break for refreshments:(20 Minutes)

3.40 PM Session 5 (60 Min): Soils – “Understanding the role of soil carbon, soil water and soil biology” with John Barton (Charton & Bang, Research & Development), and Bruno Holzapfel NSWDPI and Dr Jason Condon CSU (Soils Scientists)

  • What is soil carbon and where does it come from?
  • Soil carbon and soil water
  • Collecting more water
  • Holding more water
  • Giving more water
  • Reducing losses
  • Economic benefits
  • The importance of building soil and tree health for IPDM
  • Composting training course and consultancy services

4.40 PM – Field day feedback and evaluation (shed) (20 Min)

5.00 PM Field day concludes followed by refreshments until 6.00 pm

Note: All events are subject to COVID-19 restrictions / cancellation that may apply at the time

Cost: AOA members and levy payers: $40 incl GST; others $50 incl GST.

Registrations close 10 September 2021



This project has been funded by Hort Innovation, using the Hort Innovation olive research and development levy, co-investment from the Australian Olive Association and contributions from the Australian Government.


September 19
8:30 am - 6:00 pm
$40 – $50
Event Categories:


Australian Olive Association


Wollundry Grove
15 Mary Gilmore Road
Brucedale, NSW 2650 Australia
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Unlimited available
Soil Field Day Member/Levy$40.00 inc. GST
Unlimited available
Soil Field Day Other$50.00 inc. GST