04 Dec

Table olives losing favor on California farms

  • Small harvest being reported
  • Groves cut, making way for more profitable crops

Central Valley olive growers are reporting one of the smallest harvests in years – 51,000 tons, well under the USDA’s initial estimate of 65,000 tons.

One reason: Fewer olive trees.

Growers, disappointed with the money to be made growing table olives, have been ripping out many of their trees in favor of other crops with a better bottom line.

Producing acreage for next year is estimated at about 25,000. That compares to 36,000 producing acres in 2000. California produces all of the nation’s table olives.

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