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AOA Field Day / IPDM Workshop Program – New Norcia, WA


 15 February 2019, 8.30 am to 5.30 pm


Address: New Norcia, Great Northern Hwy, New Norcia WA 6509

BBQ and refreshments at New Norcia Hotel

Phone 08 9654 8034

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.

08:45 Welcome, Housekeeping, and Overview of Field Day Program 

Greg Seymour, CEO, AOA, Field Day Convenor.

09:00  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.

09:30  Q & A Session

09:40  Grove Management Checklist – Healthy Trees to Support an IPDM Program, 

Michael Thomsett, Horticultural Consultant and AOA President, NSW

  • Irrigation;
  • Nutrition & Soil Health;
  • Pruning/ Tree Management.

10:10  Q & A Session and Morning Tea

10:30  Product Quality and Market Development,

Michael Thomsett, Peter McFarlane, Sarah Gray, Convenor, Olive Wellness Institute, Greg Seymour

  • Australian International Olive Awards and Regional Olive Competitions;
  • The Tastebook™ Sensory Training Program.
  • Industry Generic Promotions Programs;
  • Olive Wellness Institute Project

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.

15:00   IPDM Grove Walk

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

  • Introduction to Red Rock Olives
  • Grove walk and discussion
  • Insect identification
  • Disease identification
  • Grove management and drone exhibition

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

17:30 Post Field Day Networking BBQ

Field day participants are invited to join the field day speakers at an informal get-together 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.

20:00 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,