As South Australia endures the 15th day of its heatwave, Eyre Peninsula olive growers are battling in the lead up to next month’s harvest.
At Lincoln Olive View Estate, production is expected to drop by as much as 10,000 tonnes, with some trees bearing just a few kilos of olives.
Grower Kevin Burner says he must make more than a $600 profit per tonne this season to cover costs.
“We’re dry farming at present,” he says.
“We haven’t been for the last couple of years, but having not had the early summer rains this year that we had last year certainly hasn’t helped them.
“I think we will struggle because we had a problem with the black scale that went through earlier this year.
“We didn’t quite get on top of it quick enough.
“But I suspect there’s still probably somewhere between 20 to 25 tonnes here this year.”