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AOA Field Day / IPDM Workshop Program – Margaret River, WA


 17 February 2019, 8.30 am to 5.30 pm


Olio Bello

Address: Armstrong Rd, Cowaramup WA 6284

Phone: (08) 9755 9771; (04) 7676 0160

Biosecurity Notice: Please follow all signage and instructions for entering the property including vehicle movement, parking, and plant hygiene.

From 5.30pm, option to stay on for networking BBQ until 8pm. Meal and drinks included in fee.


08:30  Registration

Registration fee – $35 inc GST pre-paid via Eventbrite website. Includes refreshments, lunch, BBQ afterwards, hand lens, field day presentation notebook.

08:40 Welcome, Housekeeping, and Overview of Field Day Program 

Greg Seymour, CEO, AOA, Field Day Convenor.

08:50  Risk Management, Biosecurity, Continuous Improvement & Technical Support, 

Peter McFarlane, OliveCare® Administrator, and AOA Biosecurity Representative;

Greg Seymour, Convenor, Olive Industry Risk and Crisis Management Committee:

  • Risk Management, Industry Risk and Crisis Management Plan;
  • Fostering Industry Biosecurity Threat Awareness and Preparedness;
  • OliveCare® Code of Best Practice;
  • Maintaining Producer Access to Registered Pesticides and ‘Minor Use Permits’ for use in Olive Groves.

09:20  Q & A Session

09:30  Grove Management Checklist – Healthy Trees to Support an IPDM Program, 

Michael Thomsett, Horticultural Consultant and President AOA , NSW;

Andy Gulliver, Director C-Wise

  • Irrigation;
  • Nutrition & Soil Health;
  • Pruning/ Tree Management
  • Drones in Groves

10:30  Q & A Session and Morning Tea

 10:50 Product Quality and Market Development, 

Peter McFarlane, Abby Dolphin, Olive Wellness Institute, Greg Seymour

  • The Tastebook™ Sensory Training Program.
  • Olive Wellness Institute Project
  • Industry Generic Promotions Programs

11:30  Q&A Session

11:40  IPDM Session 1

Dr Robert-Spooner-Hart

  • Principles and Practices of IPDM

12:30  LUNCH

1:15  IPDM Session 2

Dr Robert Spooner-Hart, Dr Len Tesoriero, Stewart Learmonth and Alison Mathews

  • Monitoring for pests, diseases and beneficial species
  • Biology and life cycles of key pests and diseases
  • Factors influencing pest and disease spread and incidence in groves
  • Strategies for conventional and organic management
  • Advantages and disadvantages of management strategies
  • Importance of timing, application and targeting of interventions.

14.45   IPDM Field Activities – walk to grove

15:00   IPDM Grove Walk

Brett Roberts, Dr Robert-Spooner-Hart, Dr Len Tesoriero, Michael Thomsett, Stewart Learmonth and Alison Mathews

  • Introduction to Olio Bello
  • Grove walk and discussion
  • Insect identification
  • Disease identification
  • Grove management and drone exhibition

16:30  Walk Back to Shed

16:45  Review of Field Visit; Q & A Session

Dr Robert Spooner-Hart and Dr Len Tesoriero

  • Field day participants are invited to send images of insect or disease issues on their grove to Dr Spooner-Hart one week prior to the event. Feedback will be provided in a group Q&A session without identifying the senders of the images.
  • Questions will also be taken without notice on any aspect of pest and disease management from participants during this session.
  • Questions/ comments about any of the topics covered during the day

 17:15 Evaluation and Concluding Remarks, Greg Seymour

17:30pm  Post Field Day Networking BBQ

Field day participants are invited to join the field day speakers at an informal get-together at Red Rock Olives after the field day concludes. This function will provide an opportunity for participants to get one-on-one with the experts to discuss issues of relevance to their own groves and businesses. Meals and drinks are included in Field Day Fee.

20:00pm  Field Day Close

This field day is part of a national program in the project: An integrated pest and disease management extension program for the olive industry (OL17001). The project is funded by Hort Innovation, using the Hort Innovation olive industry research and development levy, and contributions from the Australian Government.

Further Information:

Dr Robert Spooner-Hart
Project Leader
Western Sydney University Phone +61245701429; Mobile 0414953129

Elizabeth Bouzoudis, AOA Secretariat: 0478606145,