Wednesday, March 25, 2009

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.

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