03 Jun

Hard year for olives

By Tessa Dornan

COOL seasonal conditions in the South West have impacted on the olive industry with growers predicting a late harvest, smaller fruit and a reduced yield.

Margaret River Olive Industry Association president and Kerrily Park owner Kerry Clarke said the cooler summer had affected yield size and ripening periods.

Last year the 1000-tree property Kerrily Park pressed about 300L of olive oil, and they expect a similar amount this year.

However, Mr Clarke said, considering the trees are older they should be providing more fruit.

“The crops seem to be mixed,” he said.

“Some people seem to be doing all right and their crops are okay, but quite a few people have indicated their crops are lower than expected.”

Mr Clarke said the cool summer saw fruit was ripening later, in a similar fashion to the wine industry.

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