Whether your olives are destined for the family table or for oil production, your customers demand top flavor while your bottom line requires a consistent yield. Drip irrigation puts you directly in control of taste while reducing the extremes of alternate bearing.
How can I minimize alternate bearing in my olive trees?
Unfortunately, alternate bearing is common in all fruit trees, including olives. The high/low yield fluctuation is influenced by three factors: correlation between vegetative growth and fruit load, climate, and the trees’ level of water stress. Controlling water reduces plant stress by ensuring that the soil is always at an optimal level of moisture. Precision fertigation guarantees that nutrients are reaching the tree at the precise time the tree is ready to receive them. The one-two punch of precision irrigation plus fertigation significantly reduces alternate bearing, positioning you to produce consistently high yields.
Do driplines have to remain above ground or can they be installed subsurface?
Why should I choose precision irrigation over other more economical methods?
Although drip irrigation requires a bigger initial investment, you’ll experience immediate, significant savings on both water and labor. Drip irrigation uses 30% less water than sprinklers, while increasing yield by up to 60%. With precision fertigation, you spend zero on labor and machinery cost related to fertilization, A reduced investment in resources coupled with higher productivity makes drip irrigation for olives the best decision for your bottom line.
When should I start irrigating and how much water should I apply?