Soil with an average content of clay and lime or slightly sandy should be preferred; the same for soil with pH ranging between 6.8 and 7.5.

In areas with erosion risks the olive tree row plantations should be alternated with un-cropped field (in established plantations see Chapter 5).

Thorough elimination of sources of disease inoculum, especially of Verticillium dahliae is needed. The absence of this fungus should be checked; the plantation should be avoided in case of previous crops being host plants of Verticillium.

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