Irrigation Management for Olives
Olive oil has been recognized for the many health benefits it brings, which increases its demand. There are, however, a lot of unknowns regarding the irrigation requirements of this fruit. As they survive extremely well under low water conditions, they are often grown under rain conditions alone and little is known about their irrigation needs.
To ensure a high-quality crop, an irrigation regime must be developed. With SupPlant’s growth-based irrigation (GBI) technology, sensors monitor the soil texture and irrigation. Using the data collected, the system autonomously creates an irrigation procedure based on the plants’ current requirements.
There is currently a substantial worldwide phenomenon of conversion of traditional rain-fed orchards to irrigation. However, current knowledge regarding the best practices for irrigation and fertigation of olives, especially regarding aspects of yield, oil quality, and environmental pollution, is severely limited. Compared with other crops, olives are quite tolerant of low water availability. In other parts of the world, olive trees are often cultivated under rain conditions only.
In many countries the olive industry has generally developed using irrigation, to ensure commercial production levels. A high yield is not the only goal of the farmer, but also the quality of the oil, which must meet high requirements. In this regard, a special irrigation regime should be developed, providing both a high yield and high oil quality.
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