AOA Field Day/ IPDM Workshop Program – Adina Vineyard and Olive Grove



Sunday 12 August 2018 commencing at 9.00 am (Full Day Program)

Adina Vineyard

Address: Adina Vineyard and Olive Grove, 492 Lovedale Rd, Lovedale NSW 2325

Phone: (02) 4930 7473

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

Draft Program

08:30  Registration, refreshments

Registration charge – $35+GST (pre-paid via Eventbrite website. Includes refreshments, lunch, dinner, hand lens, field day presentation notebook).

09:00 Welcome, Housekeeping, and Overview of Field Day Program, Peter O’Meara, AOA President

09:20  Risk Management, Biosecurity, Continuous Improvement and 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.

 09:50  Q & A Session, Peter O’Meara, Michael Thomsett, Peter McFarlane, Greg Seymour

10:00  Grove Management Checklist in Support Of Healthy Trees And Implementation of an IPDM Program, Michael Thomsett, Horticultural Consultant and AOA Director, NSW

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

10:45  Q & A Session, Michael Thomsett and Peter O’Meara

11:00  Product Quality improvement, Michael Thomsett and Peter McFarlane

  • Australian International Olive Awards and Regional Olive Competitions;
  • The Tastebook™ Sensory Training Program.

11:15 Market Development, Greg Seymour, AOA CEO, Chair of CAE Committee.

  • The Everyday Campaign
  • Industry Generic Promotions Programs

11:45  Q&A Session, Greg Seymour et al

12:00  Lunch Break

12:45  IPDM Plenary Session, Dr Robert-Spooner-Hart and Dr Len Tesoriero

  • Principles and practices of IPDM
  • 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  IPM Field Activities, Dr Robert-Spooner-Hart and Dr Len Tesoriero

  • Grove walk and discussion
  • Insect identification
  • Disease identification
  • Grove management

16.00  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.

16:30  Concluding Remarks and Close of Formal Sessions, Peter O’Meara

5:30pm  Post Field Day Networking Dinner

Field day participants are invited to join the field day speakers at an informal BBQ 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.

8:00pm  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: 04 7860 6145,