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Extra Virgin Olive Oil Savantes Tasting Programme, New York, USA

New York, 31 October to 1 November, 2019

Savantes Introduces Enhanced ‘Frequent Tasters’ Recognition for Associates

Silver. Gold and Platinum Associate Savante Certificates will now be awarded.

Growing and processing olives and olive oil...

Information about planning, planting, pruning, picking and processing olives and olive oil!

Melbourne Extra Virgin Olive Oil Savantes

21st to 22nd November 2019 - Tasting the world's best extra virgin olive oils!

A soil survey is recommended to determine the suitability of the soil for olive production, and possible remedial action.

A soil survey, soil analysis and report from a professional consultant will cost approximately $2500. The survey/analysis should determine:

  • Soil structure and drainage.
  • Soil pH or acidity.
  • Soil fertility.
  • Readily Available Water (RAW).
  • Presence of residual chemicals which may affect future organic registration.
  • Presence of nematodes and fungal spores which affect olives.

Soil Preparation

Horticultural investments are long-term. Preparing the soil to give the trees an optimal start is critical for good early production and long-term profitability.

The soil survey report should provide an assessment of the suitability of the site soil for olive production and recommend possible remedial action which will improve marginal sites:

  • Application of lime to make soil more alkaline, less acidic.
  • Application of gypsum to break down clay and improve drainage.
  • Ripping to at least 600mm to improve drainage and root penetration.
  • Application of fertiliser or compost to improve fertility.
  • Site preparation

Other aspects of site preparation which should be completed prior to planting are:

  • Establishment of windbreaks.
  • Building of water storage.