Irrigation Management for Olive Growers in a time of Drought

Session 4
Tue, March 8
9:15 am - 10:30 am
Redwood

Irrigation Management for Olive Growers in a time of Drought

This workshop will cover various aspects of irrigation management for olive orchards during a time of drought. Cooperative Extension Farm Advisor Paul Vossen will explain techniques and tools that are the most effective for managing irrigation without affecting the quality of the olive oil. He will talk about the water budget for oil olives and the critical times, frequency, and duration of irrigations to achieve maximum production and quality while reducing alternate bearing as much as possible. He will also discuss the benefits and challenges of using new irrigation tools and equipment for small farms. Liliana Scarafia, Principal Scientist at Agbiolab, will present the perspective from a laboratory analyzing olive oil quality. She will briefly describe the parameters in olive oil quality, why it matters, followed by the observations from the laboratory. Pamela Marvel, a farmer and olive oil producer from Capay Valley, will highlight recent challenges and practical stories and tips for water and irrigation management during the drought. There will be 20 minutes at the end of the session to discuss specific issues and challenges for farmers associated with the drought.

Moderator: Penny Leff, UC Small Farm Program