I am interested in growing olive trees for oil in north Texas. We have a dry semi-arid climate, sandy soil and our water wells are low so we need to switch from corn production. Am I correct in believing that Olive trees will grow under such conditions?
You wouldn't be the first person planting olives in Texas. As you say, the soil and climate should be favorable and the land is generally cheaper than California. You would still need to irrigate to get the trees established and to a lesser degree as they mature. Labor is the biggest cost in olive growing so I would look hard at spacing and pruning your trees for possible future mechanical picking. If you haven't already, buy the University of California publications on olives.
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