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Olives can be grown without irrigation in the south-west of Western Australia. However, to obtain maximum yield irrigation is required. The yields obtained from unirrigated crops may be half those of irrigated crops, with the actual yield decrease being dependent on the rainfall and length of growing season.
This Bulletin outlines how to calculate the irrigation requirements of olives. Considerable debate occurs as to the water requirements of olives in Western Australia.
There have been no irrigation trials on olives in this State and the crop factors outlined come from overseas experience.
Department of Agriculture, Western Australia
Irrigation, Irrigation scheduling, Olives
Agriculture | Plant Sciences
Lantzke, N, and Taylor, D. (2001), Irrigation of olives in Western Australia. Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia. Bulletin 4462, 10p.