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SA Soil Field Day

June 18 @ 11:38 pm



This event has been postponed until further notice

Sunday 16 August 2020 – Peninsula Providore / Nangkita Olive Grove, 2250 Bull Creek Road, Tooperang SA. (Take the Nangkita Rd from Mt Compass and turn left on Bull Creek Rd to #2250).

Field Day Host – Mel Hollick, owner of Peninsula Providore / Nangkita Olive Grove


Registration from: 8.30 am at Nangkita Olive Grove – park vehicles in the designated area and meet at the processing shed for refreshments on arrival

AM: Presentations – The science and economics

  • 9.00 AM Session 1 (45 min): Introductions / “Setting the scene & defining the problem” – Greg Seymour (AOA CEO)/ “Lifting grove productivity and OliveCare® grove best practice checklists” – Peter McFarlane  (OliveCare® Administrator)
  • 9.45 AM Session 2 (75 Min): “Understanding the role of soil carbon, soil water and soil biology” with John Barton (Charton & Bang, Research & Development):
    • 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
  • 11.00 AM Break for refreshments at the Nangkita Olive Grove processing shed (15 Minutes)
  • 11.15 PM Session 3 (75 Min): “Application of remote sensing to grove operations including monitoring tree health” with Remote Sensing Project Team (Craig Shepherd (UNE) and Joel McKechnie):
    • an update of the irrigation trial, sensors and results thus far
    • the imagery work (tree health, water stress, relationships to productivity
    • national mapping
  • 12.30 PM (45 Min): Lunch break at Nangkita Olive Grove processing shed

PM: In the field at Nangkita Olive Grove

  • 1.15 PM Session 4 (45 Min) Service Providers (TBA) Mini-presentations / demonstrations / useful take home lessons on monitoring / measurement / testing – including:
    • Soil testing – chemistry and physical properties
    • Leaf analysis and tree nutrition
    • Measuring microbial activity in soil
    • Soil moisture monitoring- Hobodataloggers
    • On-farm weather stations- Hobodataloggers
    • Tree health – monitoring soil-born pathogens & other fungal diseases and pests of olives with Associate Professor Robert Spooner-Hart (University of Western Sydney)
  • 2.00 PM Session 5 (75 Min): Grove innovations and issues – “Olive grove redevelopment and management to improve soil and tree health and grove productivity” with Mel Hollick (Peninsula Providore  / Nangkita Olive Grove):
    • Canopy management – rejuvenation, annual pruning, tree training with Andrew Taylor
    • Effective allocation of limited water resources across the grove blocks with various soil types, olive tree varieties and age
    • Dealing with soil drainage issues ‘wet feet’ (mounding and the  key line system)  – related diseases including  phytophthora
    • Identifying and managing other fungal disease problems including Anthracnose, Cercospora and Peacock Spot
    • Examining  a soil profile trench and Interpreting soil and leaf testing data (pH, nutrients, soil carbon) – with Jim Rowntree (TBC)
    • Overcoming water repellent  (hydrophobic) soils
  • 3.15 PM Break for refreshments at the Nangkita Olive Grove processing shed (15 Minutes)
  • 3.30 PM Session 6 (75 Min): Composting – making and using with John Barton (Charton & Bang, Research & Development)
  • 4.45 PM Field day feedback and evaluation (15 Min)
  • 5.00 PM Field day concludes followed by refreshments until 6.00 pm at Nangkita Olive Grove processing shed

Registrations close 10 August 2020



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.



June 18
11:38 pm
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Australian Olive Association


Nangkita Olive Grove
2250 Bull Creek Road
Tooperang, South Australia 5255 Australia
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