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WA Soil Field Day

June 18 @ 11:40 pm

$40 – $50


This event has been postponed until further notice

Friday 17 July 2020 – Cowaramup Creek Farm – Olio Bello Cellar Door, (ACO Organic Certified), 36 Armstrong Rd, Cowaramup, WA.

Field Day Host – Brett Roberts, Manager of Olio Bello


Registration from: 8.30 am at Olio Bello cellar door – park vehicles in the designated area and meet at the processing shed for refreshments on arrival at the cellar door

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 Andy Gulliver (C-Wise):
    • 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 Olio Bello cellar door (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 (TBA):
    • 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 Ollio Bello cellar door

PM: In the field at Olio Bello

  • 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
    • On-farm weather stations
    • 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 – Considerations for managing an organic olive grove” a grove walk with Brett Roberts (Olio Bello):
    • Canopy rejuvenation – maintenance pruning, grove response to previous massive prune
    • Effective allocation of limited water resources across 15 groves – manual system, grove history, varieties, stress
    • Dealing with soil drainage issues – ‘wet feet’– just one clay area
    • Inspection of a soil profile trench
    • Soil testing pH / organic carbon / nutrient levels and developing a tree nutrition program
    • Organic inputs – soil health – use organic 2000 fertilizer – tree nutrition program – financial limitations
    • What’s involved with gaining Organic Certification
    • Organic pest / disease and weed control –use pyganic but not effective across 14 varieties – smaller trees most impacted – arbequina
  • 3.15 PM Break for refreshments: (15 Minutes)
  • 3.30 PM Session 6 (75 Min): Composting – making and using with Andy Gulliver (C-Wise)
  • 4.45 PM Field day feedback and evaluation (15 Min)
  • 5.00 PM Field day concludes followed by refreshments until 6.00 pm at Olio Bello cellar door

Registrations close 10 July 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
11:40 pm
$40 – $50
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Australian Olive Association


Olio Bello
36 Amstrong Rd
Cowaramup, WA 6284 Australia
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