Oilve water stress - UPDATE 25/3/2009
In a season like we have experienced look at your rainfall and irrigation figures for the year and compare them to the list below.
Olive Growth Stage: PIRSA Impact of Water Stress
Shoot growth - Reduced shoot growth.
Flower bud development - Reduced flower formation.
Flowering - Incomplete flowering.
Fruit set - Poor fruit set, increased alternate bearing.
Fruit growth stage 1 - cell division - Reduced fruit size due to decreased cell division.
Fruit growth stage 2 - pit hardening - Minimal impact on fruit size.
Fruit growth stage 3 - cell enlargement - Reduced fruit size due to decreased cell expansion.
Oil accumulation - Reduced fruit oil content.