27 May

Bug takes heavy toll on Australian olive growers

A number of olive groves in the Lower Hunter have nothing to harvest this year because of widespread damage from the olive lace bug. Mike Wilson from the Hunter Olive Growers Association says the weather this year has been a major factor in the spread of the bug, which he estimates has destroyed at least […]

14 May

Australia’s largest olive oil company is expanding into Argentina.

Boundary Bend Limited, based in north-western Victoria, says it doesn’t make financial sense to put new plantings in Australia, while water prices are high and reliability of water is low. Rob McGavin from Boundary Bend says there are some advantages to farming overseas. “The land and water package in Argentina is less than ten per […]

14 May

The good oil on a top Australian’s crop

By Michelle Fenech, It’s harvest season for olive growers in Wollondilly with Danny and Aydin Fahri having more than 20 tonnes to crop. Mr Fahri said he was getting good quality olives this year after recent rainfall in the shire. “Usually my trees don’t look so healthy,” he said. “And I’ve never had a full […]

14 May

Olive heist mystifies Lovedale

It is like something out of a science fiction movie. Four Lovedale olive groves have been completely cleared of this year’s crop, apparently overnight, with not a trace of vehicle movement, sound of machinery heard, and barely an olive to be found. Between Wilderness Grove, Warraroong Estate, Sandalyn Estate and Zephyr Ridge, about 750 olive […]

01 May

Olive oil output falls for first time in West Australia

By Suellen Jerrard, Olive oil production in West Australia is expected to slow this year for the first time since the fledgling industry got off the ground about a decade ago. Falls in production around the State are being attributed to the tendency for olive trees to fruit to their full potential only every second […]